Mickey is 90

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Mickey is 90

Postby GoogaMooga » 18 Nov 2018, 08:14

MICKEY IS 90: It was 90 years ago today that the world's most beloved cartoon character made his first appearance - Mickey Mouse, the squeaky-voiced, white-gloved anthropormophic rodent that became an icon and corporate trademark for The Walt Disney Company. Thanks to Mickey and a host of other memorable characters, The Walt Disney Company became the world's most successful entertainment conglomerate, with a turnover this fiscal year of nearly 60 billion dollars. Born in Chicago in 1901, same year as Carl Barks, Walter Elias Disney was a struggling commercial illustrator when he met fellow artist Ub Iwerks at the Pesmen-Rubin Commercial Art Studio in Kansas City towards the end of 1919. Due to falling revenue, they were both laid off in January 1920, and decided to set up shop for themselves. One thing led to another, and by 1923 Disney had relocated to Hollywood, where he formed The Disney Brothers Studio with his brother, Roy. Ub Iwerks was invited to join in July 1924, and that set the course for what would eventually become an empire. Disney was one of the first who saw the potential in cel animation, and decided to make a move from mixed format to all animation in 1927. The first character, Oswald the Rabbit, was but a taste of what was to follow. After a disagreement with producer Charles Mintz over payment and intellectual rights held by Universal, Disney lost all of his staff except for Ub Iwerks, with whom he created a new character in 1928. At first called Mortimer Mouse, inker Lillian Bounds suggested the name "Mickey" instead, and after Iwerks had improved on Disney's provisional character sketches, Mickey Mouse was ready to take the world by storm. He first appeared in two shorts, "Plane Crazy" and "The Gallopin' Gaucho". The third short in 1928, "Steamboat Willie", used synchronized sound, and that was a wise move. The Mouse soon became popular all over the world, and comics, merchandise, and other things were to follow.

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Re: Mickey is 90

Postby SWIMMING POOL HARRINGTON » 18 Nov 2018, 16:35

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Since the turn of the 21st century, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development, facilitated by investment in its institutions and infrastructure. The city is the cultural, economic and governmental centre of Denmark; it is one of the major financial centres of Northern Europe with the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Copenhagen's economy has seen rapid developments in the service sector, especially through initiatives in information technology, pharmaceuticals and clean technology. Since the completion of the Øresund Bridge, Copenhagen has become increasingly integrated with the Swedish province of Scania and its largest city, Malmö, forming the Øresund Region. With a number of bridges connecting the various districts, the cityscape is characterised by parks, promenades and waterfronts. Copenhagen's landmarks such as Tivoli Gardens, The Little Mermaid statue, the Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, Rosenborg Castle Gardens, Frederik's Church, and many museums, restaurants and nightclubs are significant tourist attractions. The largest lake of Denmark, Arresø, lies around 27 miles (43 kilometers) northwest of the City Hall Square.

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Re: Mickey is 90

Postby GoogaMooga » 18 Nov 2018, 17:28

:lol: You can cut-and-paste, I see! Now, have you heard of a blue pencil?
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Re: Mickey is 90

Postby never/ever » 19 Nov 2018, 11:02

Happy fuckin' birthday Mickey!
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Re: Mickey is 90

Postby GoogaMooga » 19 Nov 2018, 14:47

never/ever wrote:Happy fuckin' birthday Mickey!


We've been doing this every ten years
1966 and all that

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Re: Mickey is 90

Postby sloopjohnc » 19 Nov 2018, 17:55

I'm sure a lot of US kids my age grew up on the Wide World of Disney, which came on each Sunday night on NBC. Besides the movie, you got a weekly fix of Disney stuff, including old Disney shorts, which always featured Mickey.

I think the first time we went to Disneyland was when I was about seven. That discounts the time my parents took us to Griffith Park when we were little to visit my cousins in Van Nuys and told us it was Disneyland.

The first thing I wanted when we went was a mouse ears cap, which tons of people get, and had my name woven into the back.
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Re: Mickey is 90

Postby GoogaMooga » 19 Nov 2018, 19:46

Danish TV began showing the classic shorts as matinees once a week, Fridays I think it was, back in the 1980s. The Swedes envied us, they didn't get those. They were deemed non-pc for Swedish TV. My one trip to Disneyland in Anaheim was in 1980. I clearly remember the long queue for Space Mountain. Other than that ride I really enjoyed the historical exhibition where they screened Steamboat Willie and other things.
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