From literature's famous Stuart Little, the Dormouse from "Alice in Wonderland" and a variety of mice in the "Redwall" series, to animated mouse icons, such as Mickey Mouse and Speedy Gonzales, the little rodent plays a significant role in people's collective imaginations. Other famous mouse icons include mice in folklore "1001 Arabian Nights" and "Aesop's Fables," and the mice in video games "Mappy" and "Commandos 2: Men of Courage."
Created in 1928, Mickey Mouse is the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company and usually dons oversized yellow shoes, large white gloves and red shorts. He debuted in the first sound movie ever made, the short film "Steamboat Willie." Primarily appearing in short films, Mickey appears in 130 films, including "Brave Little Tailor" in 1938, "Fantasia" in 1940 and "Lend a Paw," which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1942.
So iconic as to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mickey Mouse has also appeared in comic strips, television and comic books. From 1928 to 1946, Walt Disney provided the voice for Mickey. Due to Disney's busy schedule and smoking habit, he was unable to continue as the sole voice of the mouse, and handed the duties to actor Jimmy McDonald. The two men shared the role with others taking on the position occasionally.