Monday, 5 December 2011
The Man and the Mouse
This picture depicts Walt Disney and the silhouette of Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse was created by him and eventually became a symbolic figure of American culture. Mickey Mouse was at first the replacement for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but when Disney lost rights to him, he decided to leave Universal Studios and start his own cartoon series. Mickey Mouse was the animation response to Charlie Chaplin, and Disney was very sensitive about his appearance.
Mickey Mouse debuted in Plane Crazy in May 1928, but received wide recognition six months later when Steamboat Willie was released. It was a parody of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr., but with addition of the sound it became very successful.
In 1959, Mickey Mouse became a true American symbol when Nikita Khrushchev visited Los Angeles and requested to visit the Disneyland. However, his wish could not be fulfilled because of security reasons.