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The Evolution of Mickey Mouse

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The Evolution of Mickey Mouse.....

The Evolution of Mickey Mouse


It is easy to see that there are a number of changes in the appearance of Mickey Mouse through the years. His appearance has become more youthful and his behavior more adult-like. The primary changes in his appearance include larger eyes and a larger cranium (relative head size to body size as well). These are traits of juvenility. Our physical appearance changes as we develop from children to adults. Features such as proportionately larger heads change as we mature. The well proportioned Steamboat Willie and the child-like Mickey of today reflect the differences in our physical appearance as children and as adults. It is probably not the case that the cartoonists who created Steamboat Willie and changed his appearance realized how they were actually evolving Mickey Mouse. Some of these changes are minor and very subtle. For example, notice that his pants line is lowered to cover his legs. The baggier clothes tend to thicken his legs giving a shorter-squatier appearance. This is a purely juvenile trait. Along with these physical changes in Mickey, he has become increasingly more well mannered over the years. His progressively more juvenile appearance and blander and well-mannered behavior are examples of evolution.

We can recognize that his role as a cartoon figure changed. With the advent of television, Walt Disney created the Mickey Mouse Club, a popular childrens program of the 1950s. There is a certain appeal created by the physical and behavioral changes that fit the role of Mickey Mouse as a "star" of this TV program. Children associated with the physical appearances. Certainly these were not conscious associations that children made relative to Mickey's appearance. At the same time, the behavioral "role model" for children viewing the program was created by the Walt Disney producer.

Mickey through the Ages

"The Mickey Mouse who hit the movie houses in the late twenties was not quite the well-behaved character most of us are familiar with today. He was mischievous, to say the least, and even displayed a streak of cruelty. Mickey had become virtually a national symbol, and as such he was expected to behave properly at all times. If he occasionally stepped out of line, any number of letters would arrive at the Studio from citizens and organizations who felt that the nation's moral well-being was in their hands. Eventually he would be pressured into the perfect role-model."

The Making of Mickey


It all started on November 18, 1928, when the history of Mickey Mouse began. It began when Walter Disney came up with his first character, a rabbit. He had long ears and a tail, and his name was Oswald. Oswald was not very popular, so Disney had to come up with something more exciting that every kid would like. One day when Walt Disney and his wife were coming back from a business trip, Walt came up with the name Mickey for the rabbit. Disney did not own Oswald, he was working in a company and Walt was not getting any money for selling him. He was so mad that he decided to leave the company and think of his own character.

When Mickey first started out, he had bulky eyes and a long tail. Mickey's arms and legs were as skinny as sticks, and his hands had no gloves on them. His body was shaped like a pear and was black. In the beginning, Mickey had red trousers, two large white buttons, and big shoes. They remained part of his character his entire life. Mickey's tail was eventually dropped to save the cost of animation.

Mickey was not always as friendly as he is now. In fact, in ;"Steamboat Willie", he was not very nice at all. People complained that Mickey wasn't very personable, so Disney changed him into a nicer character. He became the loveable character we know today.