12. Mickey Mouse: The World Famous Cartoon Character

There is perhaps no greater American cartoon character the world famous Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse is creation of the late Walt Disney, who pioneered age of theme parks into popular, American culture. , Mickey is the official mascot of the Walt Corporation. He is what is called an anthropomorphic , which is a term used to describe a -human character that has human characteristics. Mickey can speak, , cry, and use his hands like a human. also walks on two legs rather than four. trademark red shorts, large yellow shoes, white gloves, over-sized mouse ears make him one of the recognizable cartoon characters in America, and in the .

Mickey was created by Disney in 1928 in short film Steamboat Willie. That film was the of 130 films starring the famous mouse. He also starred in 10 full-length, feature films. In 1930s, Mickey began to appear in comic books, on November 18, 1978 he got his own on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He became first cartoon character to earn a star on historic sidewalk. Ten of his films have been for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short with Lend a Paw winning the award. Walt received an Honorary Award for creating the character 1932.

One of the most popular children's shows American history was the "Mickey Mouse Club," which from 1955 to 1996. Mickey has a girlfriend Minnie Mouse, a dog named Pluto, and a of friends that include Donald, and Daisy Duck, are stars on their own.

Today, Mickey Mouse can be found world wide. He appears in Disney theme parks throughout the world. In 1988 made his last full-length film appearance when he in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This was a occurrence because it was the first time that characters starred alongside Warner Brother's characters. The two had been long-time rivals.