In a grand tribute to the evergreen symbol of pop culture, Mickey Mouse, Disney rolled out a unique video marking his 95th anniversary, celebrating his immense influence across the globe.
The tribute video is a journey through Mickey Mouse’s varied epochs, highlighting his roles in television shows, films, video games, and his iconic appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing back to his first screen outing in “Steamboat Willie” in 1928.
This celebration is a segment of Disney’s broader centennial festivities, Disney 100, honoring the studio’s 100-year legacy. The celebration encompasses special film screenings, the launch of unique merchandise, and culminates with the debut of the movie “Wish” in November 2023.
On that historical day, November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse debuted in “Steamboat Willie,” setting the stage for his journey as a global pop icon. Disney’s special video for Mickey’s 95th birthday is part of the grand Disney 100 celebration, marking a century of the studio’s storytelling magic.
Walt Disney’s quotes about Mickey, the cornerstone of the Disney empire, resonate throughout the video. Extracts from the 2022 documentary “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse” blend with clips from various Disney productions, creating a nostalgic and moving tribute. The video’s highlight is the segment where Walt Disney interacts with an animated Mickey, especially in the emotional Disney 100 short “Once Upon A Studio.”
The video is a stunning homage to Mickey Mouse, capturing his evolution and worldwide impact. From the joyous reactions of children across generations to Mickey’s first balloon appearance in the 1935 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the video is a treasure trove of memories. It features everything from the classic “Fantasia” to Mickey’s 1930s black-and-white era, along with his modern portrayals in “Kingdom Hearts” and “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.” It even includes cameos from “The Simpsons” and “The Muppets,” making it a heartwarming montage for Mickey fans.
Mickey’s Birthday Celebrated as Part of Disney 100
The celebration of Mickey Mouse’s birthday is intertwined with Disney’s centenary celebrations. Throughout 2023, Disney 100 has been a nod to the studio’s rich history and a look towards its future. In addition to “Once Upon A Studio,” classic Disney movies have been re-released in cinemas, and there’s been a buzz around the exclusive merchandise. The climax of these celebrations will be the release of “Wish,” a story about Asha, a girl who makes a wish on a star and embarks on a kingdom-saving adventure. “Wish” is slated for a North American theater release on November 22.
At 95, Mickey Mouse still dazzles with charm! Disney’s special birthday video for Mickey is available for viewing, along with “Once Upon a Studio” on Disney+.
Once Upon a Studio
In this imaginative tale, Disney characters spring to life from the artwork adorning the walls of the Roy E. Disney Animation Building as the day winds down.
Release Date: October 15, 2023
Directors: Dan Abraham, Trent Correy
AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON DISNEY+
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mickey Mouse Anniversary
What is Disney celebrating with Mickey Mouse’s 95th birthday?
Disney is celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 95th birthday with a special tribute video, showcasing his appearances in media since his debut in 1928, as part of the larger Disney 100 anniversary celebrations.
When did Mickey Mouse first appear?
Mickey Mouse made his first appearance on November 18, 1928, in the animated short “Steamboat Willie.”
What is Disney 100?
Disney 100 is a year-long celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Disney, featuring special events, classic movie screenings, exclusive merchandise, and culminating in the release of the feature film “Wish.”
What is unique about the Mickey Mouse tribute video?
The tribute video for Mickey Mouse’s 95th birthday includes clips from his various appearances in shows, movies, video games, and his iconic debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, alongside audio from Walt Disney.
What is the feature film ‘Wish’ about?
“Wish” is a feature-length film set to release as part of the Disney 100 celebration. It tells the story of a girl named Asha who makes a wish upon a star and embarks on an adventure to save a kingdom. The film releases in North American theaters on November 22, 2023.