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Who's Who? Wednesday

February 8, 2012

Mickey Mouse

This weeks Who's Who Wednesday is long overdue; it's the mouse that started it all, Mickey Mouse. There are a few different versions of how Mickey came to be. Some believe Walt Disney created him on a train ride back home in 1928 after Oswald was taken from him while others believe that Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse. One thing we for sure is Lillian Disney came up with the name Mickey because she didn't like Mortimer as the characters name.

Mickey Mouse is a world icon. He can be found in merchandise such as toys, pins, board games, books, music, and on clothing. He can also be found in films such as 'Fun and Fancy Free,' 'Fantasia,' 'Fantasia 2000,' 'Mickey's House of Villains,' 'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas,' 'Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers,' 'Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse,' 'Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas,' along with cameos in 'A Goofy Movie,' 'Teacher's Pet,' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' and 'The Lion King 1 '.. He has appeared in Television shows such as 'The Mickey Mouse Club,' 'The Wonderful World of Disney,' 'Have a Laugh!,' 'House of Mouse,' 'Mickey Mousekersize,' 'Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,' and 'Bonkers.'

Mickey has been in several video games throughout the years. These video games include Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse 2, Mickey Mousecapade, Mickey and Donald, Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse: The Computer Game, Mickey's Dangerous Chase, Fantasia, Mickey Mouse 3: Balloon Dreams, Mickey's Crossword Puzzle Maker, Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Mickey's 123: The Surprise Party, Mickey's ABC's: A Day at The Fair, Mickey's Safari in Letterland, The Magical Quest starring Mickey Mouse, Mickey's Adventures in Numberland, Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, Mickey Mouse 4: The Magical Labyrinth, The Great Circus Mystery starring Mickey and Minnie, Legend of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, Disney's Magical Quest 3, Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse, Mickey's Racing Adventure, Mickey's Speedway USA, Mickey Mouse: Magic Wands!, Disney's Magical Mirror starring Mickey Mouse, Disney Sports (Football, Soccer, Basketball, Skateboarding, Snowboarding), Disney's Hide and Sneak, My Disney Kitchen, Disney TH!NK Fast, Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, Disney Golf, Disney's Party, the Kingdom Hearts series, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, and Epic Mickey.

*FUN FACT* During World War II, when the Allied forces invaded Normandy on D-Day in 1944, "Mickey Mouse" was used as a secret password between intelligence officers.

Mickey has lived in many places over the years. A few of the places he's called home are Hollywood, Mickey's ToonTown, Disney Castle, Mouseton, and Yen Sid's Tower. Mickey has a few known relatives. The most notable are Minnie Mouse as his sweetheart, along with Ferdie and Morty as his nephews. His number one pal is his lovable pet dog Pluto, he also has many friends that will do anything for him which include the rest of the fab five and all the good characters. His enemies include Mortimer, Pete, The Mad Doctor, The Phantom Blot, Sylvester Shyster, and the rest of the Disney villains that want to take over and create evil.

He has had a number of outfits over the years, from his band concert outfit to his sorcerer's apprentice outfit to his tuxedos, but his most common outfit would be his white gloves, yellow shoes, and red shorts with white buttons. Mickey is a very brave, kind, and happy oriented mouse.

*FUN FACT* Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mickey was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. He has been voiced by a few different people over the years such as Les Perkins, Wayne Allwine, James MacDonald, Bret Iwan, and Walt Disney himself voiced Mickey for almost 20 years because he just couldn't find the right voice for Mickey.

*Writers Pick* My two favorite treats are Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars found in the parks and these beauties that are a blast from my past!

Disney theme parks and Mickey go hand in hand, you can find Mickey all around in the forms of the character himself, photos, voices, and merchandise. In Walt Disney World you can find meet and greet opportunities with Mickey at the Town Square Theater, Camp Minnie Mickey, and Chef Mickey's restaurant. You can also see him in Dream Along with Mickey, Main Street Electrical Parade, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Celebrate A Dreams Come True Parade, Fantasmic!, and a cameo in Muppet Vision 3D. Over at Disneyland he can be seen in Mickey's ToonTown, Fantasmic!, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Paradise Pier, and in World of Color.

In Tokyo Disneyland he can be found in One Man's Dream 2: The Magic Lives On!, Fantasmic!, The Legend of Mythica, Minnie Oh! Minnie!, My Friend Duffy, along with meet and greet opportunities. In Hong Kong Disneyland he can be found in Flights of Fantasy Parade, and a meet and greet at Fantasy Gardens. In Disneyland Paris he can be found in Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade, Disney's Stars 'n' Cars, Disney's Fantillusion Parade, Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night, and a meet and greet area on Main Street. You can also find Mickey on the Disney Cruise Lines, and in various Hidden Mickeys found throughout all Disney theme parks which you can find out more about every Monday over at Hidden Mickey Monday.


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