I am afraid of mice, rodents, bugs, snakes. Anything that crawls. I am a big chicken.
Thankfully, cartoon mice, such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pikachu, Mighty Mouse, to name a few are cuter than the real thing.
Animators make the mice in their cartoons, so lifelike and loveable. They put clothes on them and give them personalities. Pikachu doesn't wear clothes, but he is Ash Ketchum's best friend.
I noticed a cute avatar today of a mouse, and I wasn't afraid. However let me even think that a live, honest to goodness rodent is near, and I would head for the hills. I was very squeamish, when I read recent news of mice running around Disneyland.
Mickey Mouse is the main man for the Disney Parks. He's front and center in the new Kingdom Hearts game.
Just a few thoughts. Cartoon Mice are cuter than the real thing.