There are few American icons that can match the stature of Mickey Mouse. Many of our parents grew up watching his fan club, my first childhood watch had his picture on it, and my kids adore him and his friends in the Three Musketeers. Today, November 18, is the anniversary of Mickey’s debut in Steamboat Willie in 1928. Although I am not a huge fan of his squeaky voice, he is a character with a big heart and good values, he is a loyal friend to Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, and he’s not as flashy as some of the other Disney characters. It sounds funny to talk about an animated mouse’s earnestness and integrity, but I think Mickey’s got lots of both and I enjoy celebrating him—and what he stands for—with my children.
– Draw Mickey: You can draw his head using a quarter and two dimes.
– Watch classic Mickey videos: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections V. 1 or The Three Musketeers (and listen to familiar operatic tunes).
– Buy Mickey Mouse Ears
– Read The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms by Christopher Finch and Mickey Mouse by Robert Heide and John Gilman