(*homocinematically inclined)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Toon Talk: Happy Birthday Mickey!

Eight decades ago today, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse made his first appearance on the public stage in the first synchronized sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie. The seven-minute classic made him an instant superstar, and he would eventually become the most recognizable fictional character on the planet.

Over the years, Mickey has had quite the varied career, from Academy Award-winning movie star to wristwatch model to comic book character to television host to theme park ambassador to recording artist to video game hero to corporate symbol (whew!). Through it all, our pal Mickey has endured and thrived, delighting audiences of each and every generation with his good humor, innate charm and dashing good looks (who else could turn ears like that into a fashion statement?).

To celebrate his milestone 80th year in show biz, Toon Talk counts down his top ten greatest performances from the silver screen ...

Click here to continue reading at Coming tomorrow: my review of the WALL-E 3-disc special edition DVD.

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