Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse: creepy photo and first two cartoons!


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Indeed, that’s one creepy photo from 1930 … those are the kids who, just about a decade later, were trying to seduce my underage parents!

Wait, maybe we’re not seeing the same creepiness.


Mickey started off kinda rapey…


I found Waldo!


Time to brush off my copy of Stephen Jay Gould’s The Panda’s Thumb and re-read his essay on the evolution of Mickey from filthy rat into a character so sweet he makes my teeth hurt.




The new Mickey shorts have gone back to a look strongly influenced by the older second-generation version, albeit a modern(ish) take on it. They’re quite good!


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