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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
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.