Happy 84th Birthday, Mickey Mouse

Happy birthday to Mickey Mouse, who turned 84 years old yesterday. The character debuted publicly in Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theater in New York on November 17, 1928. As historian Jim Korkis recently wrote, the Disney Company has increasingly distanced itself from celebrating Mickey’s birthday. The character lives on, however, fresh interpretations by other artists, like street artist Goser whose Mickey artwork posted above is currently adorning the streets of San Francisco.

(Mickey street art via BoingBoing)


  • Mac

    It’s a shame Disney doesn’t do more to promote Mickey’s birthday nowadays. I hope they change their minds in time for the nice round number of 85 next year. This year though, Disney *tried* to do something better by releasing Epic Mickey 2 across a variety of game consoles on Mickey’s official birthday. Had this game been good, it could have done wonders for Mickey’s image as an exciting adventurer. Both Mickey and Oswald would have been associated with a really fun, popular experience and whetted peoples appetites for more. Too bad the reviews of game suggest it’s actually a major let down. After all the hype, putting Mickey and Oswald in a frustrating and disappointing game will certainly dampen enthusiasm of teens and adults who could have become bigger fans of the characters.

  • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk DarylT

    Yes Happy Birthday to the greatest character in the world

  • John

    The first one sold amazingly well for only being on the Wii so a quick sequel was inevitable. From what I’ve read plenty of people had grievances with the first one as well. It’s crazy how the sequel ended up being just as lackluster.

  • wever

    Mickey appears in other ways, in stores, streets, commercials, and in old shows online from all decades. I do hope Disney makes a proper Mickey feature film one day.

  • Chuck Howell

    How much you want to bet this has something to do with copyright? Reminding the public that Mickey is 84 may not support their corporate strategy of permanent intellectual property rights. Declaring that Mickey and every other character/property the company has created or adapted are TIMELESS (timeless = never expires) serves that goal in a subtle but real way.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I suppose suggesting the character is ‘immortal’ doesn’t cut it.

  • Funkybat

    I remember going to Disneyland in the 80s around Mickey’s birthday time, and even though it wasn’t a big anniversary year, there were decorations, a special parade, and lots of themed merchandise and apparel. I guess they don’t bother with the small anniversaries, but I’m sure something will be done for the centennial.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I think Mickey’s Birthday Celebrations are going to be replaced with R2D2′s 5,000 mile oil changes.

  • Nick

    I think it has more to do with thinking by Corporate that they need to distance themselves from mentioning the ages of these characters and the release dates of the films they appeared in, due to worries that the public will be turned off by “old” characters in “old” cartoons. Warner does the same thing. Examine the packaging of their classic cartoon releases and you’ll notice that references to the actual release dates of these cartoons are nowhere to be found.

  • Matt

    Let’s hope that on his 85th birthday, they announce something HUGE. I’m personally hoping Disney officially announces a full-length feature film that not only serves as part of the official Disney animation canon, but also serves as Mickey’s first full-length theatrical adventure.

  • Barry Siegel

    The scene where Mickey plays music on mama pig’s nipples has been censored on this print! Did anyone else catch this? This is the same sanitized print that they play at the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland.

  • Corwin Haught

    I don’t think they want to bring up the fact that they only have six more years in which “Steamboat Wille” is under copyright, under current laws.