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Interesting Facts About Cartoon Animation And Characters

Mickey in Disney's House of Mouse (2001–2003).

Mickey Mouse and friends

Mickey in Disney's House of Mouse (2001–2003).

Mickey in Disney’s House of Mouse (2001–2003).

Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and voiced by Walt Disney. The Walt Disney Company released the first Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928 and set this day as an official birthday of the character. He was the first cartoon character ever to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Originally, Walt Disney named Mickey “Mortimer”, but Walt’s wife convinced him to change it to “Mickey”. Mortimer ended up being the name of a new character — Mickey’s rival. Walt Disney has said that Mickey and Minnie are married, but only in private. They’ve never had an on-screen wedding. But the man and woman that voiced Minnie and Mickey actually were married in real life. Minnie Mouse full name is Minerva Mouse and her father is Marcus Mouse.

Hidden Mickey in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

Hidden Mickey in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

Animators and imagineers have hidden representations of Mickey in most of the Disney films and all of the parks. It started as a joke between Walt Disney and other imagineers and became a tradition secretly carried out for decades. “Hidden Mickeys” usually consist of three circles drawn to represent Mickey’s head and ears, but sometimes they plant Mickey in a crowd scene. Nowadays people have made a game out of searching for Hidden Mickeys in Disney movies and all of the parks. You can search for more Hidden Mickeys here.

Hidden Mickey in "The Little Mermaid"

Hidden Mickey in “The Little Mermaid”

Tweety Bird


Tweety is a young, domestic canary bird created in 1942 by Bob Clampett through the short A Tale of Two Kitties, pitting him against two hungry cats named Babbit and Catstello (based on the famous comedians Abbott and Costello). The name “Tweety” is a combination of words “Sweetie”, along with “tweet” being a typical English onomatopoeia for the sounds of birds. Tweety’s original name was Orson, but was later changed. Despite the widespread speculation that he was female, Tweety is and has always been a male character. His owner is Granny.

Tweety's debut in "A Tale of Two Kitties"

Tweety’s debut in “A Tale of Two Kitties”

Donald Duck

Donald is famous for his explosive temper, "Orphans' Benefit" (1941)

Donald is famous for his explosive temper, “Orphans’ Benefit” (1941)

Donald usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bowtie. Most of the time he wears no pants, except when he goes swimming. His birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934 when he appeared in his debut film, The Wise Little Hen. In the 1944 film The Three Caballeros, Donald’s birthday is given as simply “Friday the 13th”, which is in reference to the bad luck he experiences in almost all his cartoon appearances. In the Donald’s Happy Birthday, his birthday is March 13. Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck and he is the uncle of the triplets Huey, Dewey and Louie. Donald’s voice is one of the most identifiable voices in all of animation.

Daisy Duck

Daisy makes her entrance in "Mr. Duck Steps Out" (1940)

Daisy makes her entrance in “Mr. Duck Steps Out” (1940)

Daisy Duck first appeared in the cartoon Mt. Duck Steps Out in 1940. She was created as a female counterpart and girlfriend to Donald Duck. She also usually wears no pants or a dress. Daisy replaced a short-lived early love interest named Donna Duck, who first appeared in the cartoon Don Donald in 1937. She is the aunt of triplets April, May and June Duck, who are Huey, Dewey, Louie’s female counterparts. She is a close friend with Minnie Mouse.


Winnie-the-Pooh (Disney version)

Winnie-the-Pooh (Disney version)

Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear created by A. A. Milne. He was named after a teddy bear owned by the son of the creator. The character first appeared in book form in Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, is once referred to as Edward Bear. The hyphens in the character’s name were later dropped when The Walt Disney Company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh featurettes.

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