Happy Birthday, Mickey!

The first Mickey Mouse cartoon was called Plane Crazy. Charles Lindbergh’s heroic first solo flight across the Atlantic was its inspiration. The test screening premiered in Hollywood on May 15, 1928. Unfortunately, it was never picked up for distribution. 

The second Mickey Mouse cartoon was called The Gallopin’ Gaucho. Like Plane Crazy, it suffered the same fate.

However, on November 18, 1928, a star was born! It was that date that Walt's third cartoon, Steamboat Willie, premiered at The Colony Theatre in New York. The cartoon was a huge hit! Walt ended up receiving $1,000 for its two-week run. At the time, it was the highest sum ever paid for a cartoon on Broadway.

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