Wow, can you believe it, Mickey Mouse is 88. That hilarious cartoon character that has made us laugh for generations is just 12 years shy of 100.
Premiering in 1928’s cartoon classic "Steamboat Willie," in which Mickey, in the role of Willie, drove a steamboat — stop it, it’s too funny — Mickey was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwreks. Mickey was based on an earlier cartoon called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Because Oswald was owned by Universal, Disney rebranded the character and started making his own cartoons. Oswald, I’m sure, was also very funny.
For years, Mickey was used as an everyman like character, who’s hilarious antics totured the lives of his friend Goofy, Donald, and dog Pluto, who cannot talk, while Goofy, also a dog, can talk. Hilarious.
Now, of course, Mickey is more of a logo than anything else, but his hilarious visage is among one of the most recognizable in the world, providing millions with joy and laughter because, wow, he is just too funny.
To that end, we say “Happy Birthday, Mickey.” You keep being you.