Today’s Wonder of the Day stars a black mouse. He can talk, sing and dance. You’ll usually find him wearing red shorts with two large buttons in the front, big yellow shoes and white gloves. Who are we talking about? Mickey Mouse, of course!

Would you believe that Mickey Mouse is over 80 years old? It’s true! He was created by two great wonderers — Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks — at The Walt Disney Studio in 1928. Since he’s a cartoon character, he looks as young today as he always has!

Mickey Mouse made his debut in November 1928 in an animated cartoon called Steamboat Willie. Since that time, Mickey Mouse has become one of the most famous and easily-recognizable cartoon characters around the world.

Since 1928, Mickey Mouse has starred in over 130 films. Most of them were short films, although a few of them have been full-length feature films. Mickey Mouse’s Lend a Paw won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1942. In recognition of Mickey Mouse’s popularity, he became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.

Mickey Mouse was a star in more than just films, though. Since 1930, he has been featured in comic strips, comic books, television shows, video games, theme park rides and more merchandise than you could imagine!

We wonder if he would’ve been as popular if his name hadn’t been changed, though. Walt Disney originally wanted to name him Mortimer Mouse. Disney’s wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it and that’s how Mickey Mouse came to be.

Today, you can usually find Mickey hanging out with his girlfriend, Minnie Mouse, his pet dog, Pluto, and friends like Donald Duck and Goofy. Do you have a favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon or movie? There are many to choose from. A lot of people consider Fantasia to be one of their favorites!

In addition to Mickey Mouse’s signature circular ears, one of the most unique things about Mickey Mouse is his shy, high, squeaky voice. Walt Disney himself was the voice of Mickey Mouse up until the mid-1940s. When he got to be too busy running The Walt Disney Studio to voice Mickey Mouse, he handed over Mickey’s voice duties to actor Jimmy MacDonald.

 

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    • Hi there, Rahul! We’re so happy to hear from you this morning! Thanks for sharing that you’ve met Mickey Mouse…that’s SO COOL! We also like your guess for tomorrow’s Wonder. We can’t wait to see if your guess is correct! :-)

    • Hi, Shundee! Thanks for stopping by today’s Wonder of the Day®! We invite you to re-explore today’s Wonder to learn about the famous mouse who got his start in Steamboat Willie! :-)

  1. That is really cool that you have that birthday, then and I have seen the why are flamingos pink? I saw that one.

    • Happy Tuesday, Sydney! Thanks so much for letting us know you’ve explored “the Wonder that started it all!” We are SUPER glad you are a friend of Wonderopolis…YOU ROCK! :-)

    • We like Mickey Mouse, too, Gloria! Thanks for hanging out in Wonderopolis and learning more about him with us today! :-)

    • We think it’s AWESOME that you like watching Mickey Mouse Club House, Niya! We know LOTS of other Wonder Friends who like watching it, too! Thanks for stopping by this Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • We think he’s a really MARVELOUS Mouse, too, “Wonder!” We thought it was interesting to learn that his name was almost “Mortimer Mouse.” We’re glad Mr. Disney ended up calling him “Mickey” instead! :-)

    • Hello, “Me!” Thanks so much for checking out today’s Wonder and for leaving us a comment to let us know you were here! :-)

  2. We love Mickey Mouse!

    We think tomorrow’s wonder of the day will be about clouds.

    • Clouds would be AWESOME to WONDER about, Miss Kirsten’s Kindergarten GT Class! We WONDER if your guess is correct? If it is, we WONDER what we’ll be learning about clouds? Can you tell we like to WONDER a lot? We hope you guys do, too! :-)

    • We think Goofy is, well, a goofy sort of guy, don’t you, Amos? We like him a lot! We like all of Mickey’s friends! :-)

  3. Wonderopolis, we really liked learning about Mickey Mouse. Here are some of our guesses for tomorrow’s wonder:

    How do clouds form? Why are clouds in the sky? Have you ever seen a hot air balloon? Why do clouds come in different shapes? How do clouds move?

    • WOW, Miss Thomasson’s Class! That is some SPECTACULAR WONDERing about clouds! We’re really proud of you guys! We can’t wait to visit Wonderopolis tomorrow…it will be such a SUPER surprise to find out if we’ll all be learning something new about clouds! :-)

    • Thank you for sharing your opinion of today’s Wonder of the Day®, Chance! We appreciate your comment and we hope you’ll give learning in Wonderopolis another try very soon! :-)

    • Happy Wednesday, Woodmont! We sure appreciate you letting us know you thought this Wonder was cool! Have a SUPER, AWESOME, GREAT, WONDERful day! :-)

    • We’re glad you liked exploring today’s Wonder with us and learning how Mickey Mouse got his start, Jarmarius! Thanks for being a friend of Wonderopolis! :-)

    • We think it ROCKS that you enjoyed today’s Wonder of the Day®, Bryce! WONDERing about Mickey Mouse is FUN! :-)

    • We appreciate your opinion of the video for today’s Wonder, Christian! If you click on the colorful text inside the story part of today’s Wonder that says, “Steamboat Willie,” you can see the full movie from start to finish! We think you will really like it! :-)

    • Hi, Emily! Thanks so much for letting us know you liked learning all about “Steamboat Willie” today! We think Mickey Mouse ROCKS, and we think YOU ROCK, too, for leaving us this GREAT comment! :-)

    • We think Minnie Mouse is super special too, E.B.! We also think it would be so much FUN to hang out with Mickey, Minnie, and the whole Disney gang some time! :-)

  4. Awesome wonder. I love this wonder. I love this wonder. I love this wonder. I love this wonder!!!!!!!

    • Your enthusiasm for today’s Wonder of the Day® is infectious, Emily! We’re happy that YOU are happy to learn more about Mickey Mouse today! Thanks for being a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  5. I think tomorrow’s wonder is going to be about turtles!!!!!!!! I don’t know much about turtles.

    • We think it’s great that you want to WONDER about turtles, Wonder Friend! We think a future Wonder about turtles is an AWESOME idea! :-)

    • That’s a really SUPER goal to reach for here in Wonderopolis, isn’t it, Emily? One million Wonders would be AWESOME! :-)

    • We bet Goofy feels the same way about you, BB! Thanks for stopping by Wonderopolis today and learning about Mickey Mouse and his friends with us! :-)

  6. I love that video. It was cool because Micky Mouse was driving a steamboat. I took a picture with Micky Mouse. (Emily)

    One of my favorite characters is Donald Duck. (Evan)

    Have a good day Wonderopolis!

    • Hello, Emily, Evan and ALL of our AWESOME KF Dragons Wonder Friends! We really enjoy reading your FUN comments and hearing about which parts of each Wonder of the Day® you guys like best and all the COOL stuff you guys learn about! Thank you for sharing with us, and THANK YOU for being AMAZING! :-)

  7. Hello! Today when I went to school and I saw the video, my teacher said that back then they made their cartons by drawing pictures. I thought that was awesome! I think that tomorrow’s wonder of the day will be about the sky! I hope my wonder is right! :)

    • We think it’s SUPER cool that you and your class explored today’s Wonder and that your teacher added her own AWESOME fact to help you learn even more about Mickey Mouse and cartoons, Lala! Thanks for sharing that, and thanks for letting us know your guess for tomorrow’s Wonder…we hope you’re guess is right, too! :-)

    • That’s a GREAT question, Mrs. Foster’s 2nd Grade Class! Did you know that because of the lack of technology back when cartoons first began being produced, many were created and shown in black and white (and gray)? Many people even credit Walt Disney for developing a process that allowed for color cartoons to be created and shown a few years after Steamboat Willie! It’s cool to learn about advances in technology, isn’t it? :-)

  8. I think the wonder of the day was interesting. I always see that Steamboat Willie thing on Disney Channel and I always wanted to know what it was and now i know! I always spend time with my little brother in the morning and he sometimes wants to watch Micky Mouse Club House. Thanks for teaching me more. See you guys tomorrow. BYE!

    • We like that you have WONDERed about Steamboat Willie before when you’ve seen him, and then today you got to learn about him by visiting Wonderopolis, Caleb! Thanks for letting us know that! We think it’s super nice that you like spending time with your brother…the family that WONDERs together learns and gets smarter together! Way to go! :-)

    • That’s an AWESOME question, Sunny! Did you know it’s super easy to figure out how old Wonderopolis is? We share a new, fun, exciting Wonder of the Day® each and every day. That means, whatever the number of the current day’s Wonder is (today’s Wonder is #590)…that’s how many days old Wonderopolis is! We’re 590 days old today! :-)

    • Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed today’s Wonder, Jerry! We really appreciate hearing that! We also like your idea for what tomorrow’s Wonder might be about…WONDERing about Muhammad Ali really WOULD be cool! :-)

    • He’s one AWESOME mouse, we agree, Kaitlyn! We appreciate your comment…THANK YOU for stopping by Wonderopolis today! :-)

    • That’s a SUPER question, Caleb! Wonderopolis was created to be a place where all kinds of Wonder Friends (students, parents, teachers, grandparents) could learn cool new things together every day! We hope you enjoy visiting! :-)

    • That is REALLY AWESOME, Erin! Thank you for sharing that with everyone in Wonderopolis! We can’t wait until it’s our birthday again so we can celebrate and WONDER with our friends and family! :-)

    • Hi, Jenna! We think Mickey was whistling because he was happy and content at the wheel of that FUN steamboat! Thanks so much for being an AMAZING Wonder Friend! We’re glad you visited Wonderopolis today! :-)

  9. I love goofy, donald duck, minnie mouse, and mickey mouse and pluto, and max, goofy’s son, also daisy duck!!! All of them actually everyone!!!!!!!!!

    • We think it’s GREAT that you like all of the Disney characters, “Wonder!” Thanks so much for sharing your comment with us today! :-)

    • That’s a cool question, “Wonder!” We get LOTS of comments to our Wonders each day from Wonder Friends all over the world! To see how many comments each Wonder has received, you can click on this link: http://wonderopolis.org/wonders/. You can scroll up and down and use the navigation arrows at the bottom of the page, too! Happy WONDERing! :-)

  10. I like Pluto because he is so cute!
    I wonder why they made Mickey Mouse? Why did they make Minnie Mouse? My sister likes Mickey Mouse so much. She likes Minnie Mouse.

    • We really like your comment, Alexia! Thank you so much for sharing it with your friends in Wonderopolis today! We think Mr. Disney made Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse because he was caring and creative and wanted to make characters that everyone would love. We think he did a GREAT job…we haven’t met too many Wonder Friends who don’t love Mickey and Minnie! :-)

    • Hi, Jordan! Thank you for sharing that you learned something cool by exploring this Wonder about Mickey Mouse and also for letting us know you thought what you learned was interesting! We think you are a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  11. Hi Wonderopolis! I did not know that Mickey Mouse was in other shows besides Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
    It was cool to find out that he was in other shows like Steamboat Willie.

    • It’s so GREAT that you learned some new things about Mickey Mouse by exploring this Wonder, Abhinav! We think it was fun to learn the history behind one of our favorite cartoon characters, too! :-)

  12. Happy Thursday, Wonder friends!
    we LEARNED

    Walt Disney invented Mickey Mouse.
    Mickey Mouse is over 80 years old. Walt Disney’s wife made up the name Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse had A star on the wall of fame in Hollywood. They used to name him Mortimer.
    Jimmy McDonald got Micky Mouse’s vows.
    Walt Disney really vows is for Walt Disney.

    • You guys sure learned a LOT about Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse by exploring this Wonder of the Day®, Kelly and Cameron…way to go! Thank you for sharing the great facts you discovered together in Wonderopolis today! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing that you have been to Disney World before, Levi! We think that is SO COOL! We bet it was SUPER FUN to see the characters and ride the rides! It is an AWESOME place to visit! :-)

    • That’s AWESOME, Barbara! Thank you for sharing your love of and enthusiasm for Mickey and the other Disney characters. THANK YOU for being a GREAT Wonder Friend, too! :-)

    • How exciting for you to visit The Magic Kingdom this summer, Serena! Thank you for sharing that personal connection to this Wonder of the Day®! We feel very confident that you will find out LOTS of cool new things about Mickey, Walt Disney and ALL the fun characters when you visit! :-)

    • Thanks so much for letting us know you love learning in Wonderopolis, Amberly! We hope both you AND Jenna have a WONDERful weekend! :-)

  13. Hey! It’s me, Traisha! I’m back! My class loves your website! and I hope next year when I’m in 6th grade my new class will look at your website and explore and learn new things!!!!!!!!! WONDEROPOLIS IS AWESOME!!!!
    -Traisha!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Welcome back to Wonderopolis, Traisha! We’re so very glad you stopped by today to explore and learn new things with us! We hope you will share Wonderopolis with your new 6th grade classmates next year! We LOVE meeting new Wonder Friends! :-)

    • You’re very welcome, Jenna! Thank YOU for being a SUPER SPECTACULAR Wonder Friends…have a WONDERful day! :-)

    • It makes us really happy to hear that, Amberly Peace! Thanks for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us today and learning about Steamboat Willie! :-)

      • Hey Wonderopolis I love Mickey Mouse he is my favourite character in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        <3I LOVE MICKEY MOUSE<3

        • I Won’t Unlike You Guys Wonderopolis You Are My Favourite Website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          <3I LOVE WONDEROPOLIS<3

          • Well thanks so much, Ramneek D! We are glad you’re here! Thanks for being a SUPER Wonder Friend! :)

        • We love your enthusiasm, Ramneek D! Thanks for sharing your comment and love for Mickey Mouse! He’s one cool mouse, indeed! Do you like to draw? Perhaps you can draw Mickey Mouse and hang the picture in your room? Or you can give it to a family member! :)

  14. Good morning, Wonderopolis!
    We learned an interesting fact about Mickey Mouse today that we didn’t already know. We learned that Walt Disney originally wanted to call him Mortimer Mouse, but his wife suggested he be called Mickey Mouse.

    Thank you for a great Wonder!

    We hope you have a wonderful day! :)

    • Hello there, Mrs. Phillips’ WONDERful Class! We hope you’re having a WONDER-filled day! :) Thanks for sharing what you learned from this Wonder. Do you think Mickey Mouse would have become quite as popular if Walt Disney kept his name as Mortimer Mouse?

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Have you ever wondered…

  • Who got his start in Steamboat Willie?
  • Who created Mickey Mouse?
  • Who gave Mickey Mouse his unique voice?

 

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Ready to have some fun that’s all about Mickey Mouse? Just jump online to check out tons of cool games, activities and crafts at the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the Disney Mickey Mouse page.

Have you ever met Mickey Mouse in person before? If you’ve ever been to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you may have gotten to meet Mickey and even shake his hand. If you have, be sure to tell your Wonder Friends all about it. Post a comment or a picture of you with Mickey on Facebook!

 

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