NPR, 12/16/06
Mickey, You Don't Look a Day Over 40!

by Harriet Baskas

This weekend is a great time to drag out that Mickey Mouse waffle-maker and dig around in the toy chest or the back of your closet for those souvenir Mickey Mouse ears. November 18 is Mickey's 78th birthday and after 120 cartoons, several TV shows, and thousands of public appearances as Chief Greeter at Disney theme parks around the world, the rambunctious rodent is still going strong.

Mickey Mouse's first on-screen role was in 1928, in Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon with synchronized sound. Back then it was Walt Disney himself who provided Mickey's squeaks and noises. The evolution of the mouse's voice, and the ways in which Disney has used music to tell stories and create memories for generations, is told in Disney: The Music Behind the Magic, a new exhibit at Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP).
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