What happened to the birthday cake?!?
Umm, we ate it…
We got hungry when we went to get the cake and stopped for lunch at a frog place!
We tried the chilli mussels with toasted panini bread…
Then the barramundi with chips and salad…
Then the Moroccan lamb pizza with feta, semi-dried tomato, chargrilled eggplant and herbed yoghurt!
It was nice to have cherry tart after all that 🙂
Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!
Mickey Mouse made his official film debut on November 18, 1928, in the film Steamboat Willie, and has since become a famous face at Disney Parks around the world.
Fun facts about Mickey Mouse:
1. Walt Disney wrote the first script for Plane Crazy, the first short created to star Mickey Mouse, while traveling on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles.
2. Walt initially named Mickey Mouse Mortimer until Walt’s wife, Lily, suggested Mickey was a better choice.
3. Disney Legend Ub Iwerks was the sole animator for Mickey Mouse in Plane Crazy, and produced an estimated 700 drawings per day for the film, some during the day (as a part of a secret project for Walt) and others after hours in Walt’s garage.
4. The short film Steamboat Willie was the first short starring Mickey Mouse released, but was actually the third created. The first two, Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho, initially failed to find distributors, but were picked up and released later.
5. When penning Mickey’s movements, early animators drew inspiration from popular comedic film stars of the day – like Charlie Chaplin.
6. The first Mickey Mouse Club was formed by theater owner Harry Woodin in Ocean Park, California. On his own accord, Woodin devoted Saturday afternoons in his theater to showing only Mickey Mouse shorts and led children in a Mickey Mouse pledge. Walt later partnered with Woodin and spread the idea of Mickey Mouse Clubs to movie theaters across the nation.
7. Within a few months there were 60 theaters hosting clubs across the country, and within two years, there were over a million members enjoying the club song, secret handshakes, a special greeting, and even a code of behavior.
8. The first Mickey short in which Mickey spoke was The Karnival Kid, the ninth Mickey short, which was released in July 1929. His first words: Hot dog! (Now it’s Oh, boy! Cake! 🙂 )
9. Mickey’s voice in The Karnival Kid was provided by Carl Stalling, the composer and arranger now known for his work on the legendary Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. After that, Walt Disney himself provided Mickey’s voice, up until 1946 when he could no longer fit it into his schedule.
10. A Mickey Mouse comic strip, penned by Ub Iwerks, launched in January 1930, and at its height was printed in 40 newspapers in 22 countries.
11. The first piece of Mickey Mouse merchandise was a tablet of paper that featured the mouse, designed for children. The first Mickey Mouse doll was designed in 1930.
12. Hollywood quickly knew it had a star in its midst, and in 1932, awarded Walt Disney an honorary Oscar for creating Mickey. Disney would win three more Honorary Awards, plus 22 Competitive “regular” Oscars, one of them posthumous; he still holds the record for the most nominations and wins by an individual, ever.
13. Mickey Mouse made his debut appearance in the Macy’s Santa Claus Parade (now Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) in 1934. Measuring 12m tall, the balloon was handpainted and guided by men and women dressed in Mickey/Minnie Mouse costumes.
14. In 1935 Mickey got his first makeover courtesy of animator Fred Moore, who shortened his nose, reshaped his body, added pupils to his eyes, and gave him his white gloves to help distinguish his hands from the rest of his body. These changes were all prominent in 1940’s Fantasia, in which Mickey, now tail-less, starred as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. A feat of animation genius, the movie featured animation and sound techniques that are still considered artistically unmatched.
15. When Walt was contemplating a name for his first theme park (Disneyland park), he once considered calling it Mickey Mouse Village.
16. Mickey Mouse was the first animated character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was given on his birthday (November 18) in 1978.
17. Mickey Mouse has been a prominent feature at Disney Parks since Disneyland park opened its doors in 1955, with guests interacting with him in character meet and greets, viewing him in parades or snapping up Mickey Mouse merchandise 🙂
18. The Partners Statue, a sculpture of Walt and Mickey holding hands, debuted at Disneyland park on Mickey’s birthday in 1993. A second Partners Statue debuted at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 1995.
Mickey Mouse is the most frequently used write-in candidate in American local elections. Mickey’s friend Donald Duck is a close second 🙂 By 1987, the state of Georgia actually had to make it illegal to vote for Mickey, and Wisconsin is apparently considering similar legislation. Maybe he should have run for President! If name recognition is the only qualification required, Mickey would have been well in front! And then the opposite of a self-absorbed, egotistical, arrogant, racist, sexist and post-truth practitioner would be going to the big house.
Time for the Mouseketeers to play!