News-Antique.com - Aug 21,2012 - Steamboat Willie was Walt Disney’s first cartoon talkie. And Disney wasn’t sure if audiences would accept a talking mouse. Talkies were new and still a mystery to audiences and movie executives too.
But audiences did love Mickey Mouse.
“It is an ingenious piece of work with a good deal of fun,” wrote the New York Times. “It growls, whines, squeaks and makes various other sounds that add to its mirthful quality.”
Night after night Walt stood at the back of the theater and listened to the audience howl to his cartoon images.
Designed for ease of animation, Mickey was birthed out of two large circles, one for his body the other for his head. Two smaller circles made up his ears. Add to that an impish snout, plum-shaped nose, button eyes, a long skinny tail, plump hands and hose-like arms and you have the cartoon character many of us grew up with and dearly loved.
This human-like black mouse typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves and has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. Some say Mickey was Walt Disney’s alter ego, a quick-witted, shy, adventurous soul.
Mickey Mouse went on to star in more than 130 films. Nine of Mickey's cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Mickey often appears alongside his sweetie Minnie Mouse, his dog Pluto and friends Horace Horsecollar, Donald Duck, and Goofy.
On Jan. 30 Bonhams, San Francisco, featured “Disneyana Including Other Fine Toys & Collectibles” auction. A Mickey Mouse Lunch Kit; depicting Silly Symphonies graphics with an early pie-eyed Mickey and characters including the internal kit sold in the auction for $2,000.
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