In 1966, with America in the grip of spy fever, some bright spark at Dell/Gold Keythought it would be a good idea to have the long running Mickey Mouse comic join the bandwagon. This didn't mean just getting Mickey to dress up as James Bond. It was much more bizarre than that. For three issues Mickey was running around in a human world, thwarting the plans of assorted evil villains, rescuing beautiful female agents, do all the things any other self respecting super spy would do, just as a cartoon mouse. The way they went about it was to have regular Mickey Mouse cartoonist Paul Murry draw Mickey and Goofy in his normal funny animal style, while Dan Spiegle, a much more realistic artist, drew the rest of the strip. The results were striking
posted by MartinWisse
on Jun 7, 2013 -
"Over the years in animation, there have been a lot of great animators. Ub Iwerks
was one of those people. We know his work, but we don't necessarily know the man." The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story
(in 5 parts on DailyMotion: 1
, and 5
) tells of the life of Ubbe Eert Iwerks, from the formation of the friendship with Walt Disney when they met at advertisement studio in Kansas City, their artistic collaborations and Ub's 20 years of animation, to Iwerk's technical creations that kept Disney animated pictures ahead of other studios. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 31, 2012 -
"Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures
album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee
incorporates Mickey's image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That's appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!"
posted by obscurator
on Jan 23, 2012 -
Mickey Mouse's early road to fame
(yt playlist with ~160 videos) has some odd twists and turns. One of Walt Disney's early cartoon creations was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
, the star of Trolley Troubles
(5:45, 1927) and other early shorts. Disney had big plans for the popular little rabbit, and wanted to increase his budget from Universal Pictures. Unfortunately, Charles B. Mintz
wanted to scale back the budget, and in the end Universal kept control of Oswald Rabbit
. Without Oswald, Disney needed something new. Jack Dunham, one of Disney's Nine Old Men
recalled animating Oswald and "the one without the ears
." Initially, this one was called Mortimer, but Lillian Disney, Walt Disney's wife, believed the name "Mortimer" sounded too pompous and suggested the name Mickey
, though Mickey Rooney claims he was the inspiration
. Either way, the mouse was renamed Mickey in short order
, and he starred in Plane Crazy
, 6:00, 1928, previously
). By 1929, he was wearing his iconic gloves (and talking), in The Karnival Kid
, 7:41). But Mortimer returned, as Mickey's Rival
(8:16, 1936), eventually getting his own themesong
(1:56, modern recording off of TV; better quality song
with a still image, 1:35) and again in a modern short
(1:30, 2000), amongst other appearances
. Then there's Uncle Mortimer
, who first traveled with Mickey Mouse in Death Valley
, though it's not always clear whose uncle he is. And in the alternate universe that is Bloom County
, Mickey's fraternal twin is Mortimer
(technically, he resides in Outland
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 27, 2009 -
Display of Mickey Mouse as act of subversion?
Who'd've thunk it? On April 15, 2003, Mickey Mouse would've been public domain, if it weren't for Sonny Bono. And so on that day, the linked site proposes that all websites display the mouse as an act of deliberate civil disobedience. No one ever said the 21st century would make sense.
posted by condour75
on Jan 17, 2003 -
Free The Mouse [Literally this time] This Story
from FL says Walt Disney Co. officials have until July 30 to decide whether to challenge the Genesee District Library's mascot for an alleged similarity to Mickey Mouse.
Last summer, the library submitted a trademark registry request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for "Book Mouse," a blue, large-eared rodent wearing red-rimmed glasses and a backpack. Book Mouse appears on bumper stickers and in coloring books, and even marches in local parades.
Library attorney Patric Parker said "I don't think we cut into their movie profits this last year."
posted by Blake
on Jun 22, 2002 -
Talk About Your Graven Images!
Look out, Golden Calf - you've got competition! Now up for sale on eBay, a two-foot-tall, 100+ pound solid gold statue of Mickey Mouse.
"The manufacturer of 'Celebration Mickey', The Great Western Mint, adds 'Never in the history of art has a work of such enormous size been cast in pure gold. We are proud to be able to present this piece with expectations that art lovers and cultural historians yet unborn will look back upon this 1,500 troy ounce casting of pure gold and marvel at the technical prowess that it exhibits.'"
Wow. I thought I heard all the theories, but it never dawned on me that Mickey Mouse was the Antichrist.
posted by tpoh.org
on Sep 1, 2001 -