Mickey Mouse Turns 95: The Legacy of an Icon

Adgully Bureau |

95 years ago, a little mouse named Mickey made his debut in the animated short Steamboat Willie. From that moment on, Mickey Mouse has become one of the most recognizable and beloved icons in history.

Mickey Mouse is more than just a company mascot. He is a symbol, a work of art, and a beloved "everyman". He is a character who is relatable and optimistic, and he has the power to charm audiences of all ages from all over the globe.

The Walt Disney Archives is committed to preserving Mickey Mouse's legacy. The Archives houses a collection of Mickey Mouse memorabilia, including the original script of Steamboat Willie.

Despite being 95 years old, Mickey Mouse is still as popular as ever. He continues to evolve with the times, and he is sure to continue to charm audiences for generations to come.

Rebecca Cline, the director of the Walt Disney Archives, said, "Mickey's everyman quality was evident from the start as seen in the sketches found within the Steamboat Willie story script. That very first image of Mickey is one of a character joyfully whistling a tune."

Cline also noted that the script was of great importance to Walt Disney, a man who is synonymous with the character itself. She said, "When the Archives was founded in 1970, many of the historical materials remaining in Walt Disney's offices were inventoried and preserved. The original script of Steamboat Willie was found in one of the drawers of Walt's desk."

Cline added, "While Walt always claimed that he was not particularly sentimental, the fact that he kept the script so close illustrates how important it was to Walt himself."


Mickey Mouse is an icon who has captured the hearts of people all over the world. He is a character who is both relatable and optimistic, and he has the power to bring joy to people of all ages. Mickey Mouse is sure to continue to be a beloved character for generations to come.