Is one of the world's vermin in the world - rubbing shoulders with everyone from Goofy to Britney Spears. So what makes this tick? We're taking a look at the history of Mickey Mouse. Why? Because !Of Mice and MenMickey Mouse was created to replace an earlier Disney character, , who bore a striking resemblance to early Mickey drawings. Mickey's creator, Ub Iwerks, came up with a lot of characters on his way to creating Mickey, including frogs, dogs, , cows and cats. Irwerks said he was inspired to create a mouse that had the spirit of Charlie Chaplin. Mickey made his first appearance in the cartoon in 1928.
Sounds of SilenceMickey originally appeared in , but by the end of 1928 he appeared in the cartoon Steamboat Willie, which featured . Streamboat Willie acutally found a distributer before Plane Crazy did, so it's often considered Mickey's true "debut." Mickey whistled and made other noises in the short but didn't actually speak until 1929. himself voiced Mickey - his first line was "Hot dogs, hot dogs!" Most other film studios at the time were still producing silent cartoons, so and never looked back.