9 Facts About Mickey Mouse You Never Knew

Posted Jan 10, by Greg Porter

Mickey Mouse's fifth finger has saved Disney millions of Dollars!

You're probably thinking that Mickey Mouse only has FOUR fingers, and you'd be correct.

Disney explained that the reason Mickey only has three fingers and a thumb is for both artistic and financial reasons.

Disney said if Mickey had five fingers, his hand would look weird, "five digits are too many for a mouse, it would look like a bunch of bananas."

The second reason for Mickey only having four fingers is financial.

A 6 1/2 minute short film contains about 45,000 drawings.

Disney says if you add up the time saved by NOT drawing that fifth finger, you'd find that the studio has saved millions of dollars.

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Mickey Mouse's original name was Mortimer Mouse

Mortimer's name was originally meant for Mickey Mouse but Walt Disney's wife Lillian thought the original name made Mickey seem pompous. Years later, the name was used for a new character created to be a rival for Mickey.

Mortimer only appeared in the cartoon "Mickey's Rival" and was never seen again until the late 90s early 2000s when Mortimer's popularity skyrocketed and landed him roles in several Mickey Mouse related material.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married in real life!

Wayne Allwine took over the voice acting for Mickey Mouse in 1977. He was only the third person to ever voice Mickey (Walt Disney himself was the first one). He voiced Mickey until he died in 2009, doing it for 32 years! Actress Russi Taylor began performing for Minnie Mouse in 1986 and still does so to this day, making her the longest lasting performer for Minnie Mouse. 

 

The two got married in 1991 and remained together until Wayne died in 2009! Details of their personal life aren't easily available, but it's not hard to imagine the two falling in love after long recording sessions while playing their rodent characters!

 

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How do you make kid-friendly gas masks? Mickey Mouse shaped!

On December 7th, 1941, Japanese pilots dropped a bomb on the Pearl Harbor military base, which is one of the main reasons that drove the United States into World War II. After this incident, many Americans feared that the Axis would attack their soil.

To protect its population, the government distributed gas masks to the state of Hawaii. Unfortunately, there were only adult-sized masks. Children had trouble wearing the large gas masks and many were terrified of the safety device’s look.

As a solution, gas masks were created and issued shaped as Mickey Mouse! The masks were designed in mind so that children would wear them at all times and carry them as a game. This gave the potentially scary situation of a chemical attack a lighter and more comfortable feeling. Fortunately, the 1000 Mickey masks that were made never had to be used!

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Mickey Mouse was banned in Romania in 1935 because they thought he would scare young children.

The government thought that a 10 foot mouse (on the movie screen) would be too much for Romanian children to handle. They must have reversed their decision since then, since Mickey still appears on the Romanian Disney Channel.

In the government\'s defense, the old Mickey Mouse cartoons could sometimes get pretty creepy.


For more obscure Mickey Mouse trivia, check out this article.

In the early days of Disney Studios, in a staff party, a cartoon short was shown of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in an x-rated scene.

Afterwards, Walt chuckled along with everyone else, invited them up on the stage to be recognized, fired them both on the spot, and ordered the film to be destroyed.

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No matter which angle you look at Mickey Mouse, his ears will always be round.

Whether you look at him from front, back, or the side, his ears always look the same: two black circles on top of his head. Pretty weird, right?

Here\'s a comparison of Mickey Mouse\'s ears from different angles if you don\'t believe us.
Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny have only appeared together onscreen once.

This momentous occasion took place for about 30 seconds during the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Getting these cartoon colossi together took some doing, however. Fortunately, the man who was able to accomplish this task was none other than acclaimed director and producer Steven Spielberg. Several years prior, Michael Eisner had taken on the expensive budget for the Spielberg flick Raiders of the Lost Ark. Newly-elected as the CEO of Disney, Eisner hoped Spielberg would return the favor with Roger Rabbit.

As Eisner had believed, Spielberg was able to deliver in a very big way. He was able to get the rights to all the non-Disney cartoon characters for dirt cheap - only $5,000 per character! The one caveat was that Warner Bros. demanded that Bugs Bunny only be featured in scenes opposite Mickey Mouse and that the pair had to speak the same number of words of dialogue.

This historic pairing of the world-famous rabbit and mouse can be seen below:


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There are 376 hidden Mickeys at Disney Land.

More info: Hidden Mickeys started out as inside jokes among the Walt Disney Imagineers. A Hidden Mickey is an image of Mickey Mouse concealed in the design of a Disney attraction (ride, resort, etc). Imagineers subtly "hid" Mickey Mouse silhouettes in plain sight. Soon, it became a tradition, and as the word spread, Disney fans everywhere went on the search for them in Disney movies and theme parks.


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