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Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in 1928
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Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in 1928 with the premiere of "Steamboat Willie," the first cartoon with synchronized sound, which made its film debut at the Colony Theater in New York. That day, Nov. 18, 1928, is considered the official birthday of Mickey Mouse, though he was born in Walt Disney's imagination several months before his movie debut and also featured in a short animated film called "Plane Crazy," which was made before "Steamboat Willie" but released after. Walt Disney's first cartoon character was a rabbit named Oswald, but he lost the rights to the rabbit in 1927 and went on to create Mickey Mouse. (Credit: Handout/Walt Disney )

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Mickey Mouse through the years

The evolution of the world's most iconic cartoon character and the mascot of The Walt Disney Company.

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