A young Walt Disney created a character named Oswald who starred in a series of 26 silent cartoons between 1927 and 1928. It was after he lost the rights to Oswald that he created Mickey Mouse, who made his debut on November 18th 1928 in the short cartoon "Steamboat Willie". With Walt as the voice of Mickey, the short premiered to great success.
In 1939, animators made Mickey's body more pear-shaped and added pupils to his eyes. In 1940 came Mickey's first role in a feature film: the sorcerer's apprentice from "Fantasia". In 1947 came his second: Jack from "Fun and Fancy Free", based on the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The 1950s saw Mickey become leader of the club for you and me: "The Mickey Mouse Club".
In 1990 Mickey played both titular roles in "The Prince and the Pauper"; and in 2004 he was reunited with Donald and Goofy in "The Three Musketeers". He's no stranger to Christmas movies either, having appeared in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" opposite Scrooge McDuck (1883), "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" (1999) and "Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas" (2004).
In his career that has spanned eight decades, he has also starred in over 120 cartoons and various comics, and has become one of the world's most popular and recognisable characters, with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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