Happy birthday Mickey and Minnie.
Here are some Mickey Mouse fun facts. •After getting fired from Universal as the director of the shorts Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney first drew Mickey during a train ride back to Los Angeles. •Walt started calling him Mortimer Mouse, but Lillian didn’t like it so she suggested using a friendlier name. Walt suggested Mickey Mouse, and she agreed. •Contrary to the popular belief, Steamboat Willie was not Mickey’s first film; it was actually Plane Crazy. Walt, Lillian, and Ub Iwerks worked in secret on the film in a garage behind the Disney’s home. •Plane Crazy had a sneak preview at a Hollywood movie house in May, 1928. The film was received and liked very well, but the idea of Mickey Mouse on the big screen was shot down by the theater due to lack of interest. This film had no audio yet, which is why most don’t count it as Mickey’s first film. •Mickey’s second film was Gallopin' Gaucho, August 7, 1928; also with no sound. •The first two films, Plane Crazy and Gallopin' Gaucho, cost Walt $2,500 each to create. •Mickey’s third and most famous film, Steamboat Willie, played in the Colony Theater in New York on November 18, 1928. •Now, Mickey and Minnie’s official birthday is November 18, 1928.