Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are some of Disney's most well-known, popular characters. Mickey Mouse underwent some cosmetic makeovers throughout years of animation, becoming more physically animated with larger eyes and white gloves. Audiences first met Donald Duck in "The Wise Little Hen."Continue Reading
Another popular Disney character is Cinderella. The movie "Cinderella" debuted in 1950 and is the story of a young woman whose stepmother mistreats her. Cinderella eventually marries a prince. Cinderella's popularity influenced everything from popular culture to fashion, and more than a half-century later, she remains a well-known and beloved Disney character.
Before "Cinderella," Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" introduced the world to another Disney princess, Snow White, and her lovable, if not dysfunctional, companions, the seven dwarfs. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" made significant income for Disney, grossing several times its operating budget and solidifying the princess as a central character in Disney plot lines.
In 1995, Pocahontas became the first Disney character based on a real person. The Pocahontas character is not without its controversy, as some critics say Disney's character strayed too far from actual historical events. Proponents of the character applaud Disney for using a strong female role model as a leading character in a feature film.
Disney's "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," which popularized the character Winnie the Pooh.
Disney also created iconic non-animated characters. Julie Andrews played the title character Mary Poppins in the movie with the same name, which won five Oscar awards. Years after Disney released "Mary Poppins," screen actor Tom Hanks portrayed Walt Disney in the film "Saving Mr. Banks," a movie that centered on Disney's acquisition of the film rights to "Mary Poppins."Learn more about Art & Literature