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Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.
I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.
When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.
Human beings have a lot of problems identifying themselves with other human beings who don't resemble them exactly. But there's something about drawing that means that anyone can identify to a drawing. I mean, people can identify themselves with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.
Even in China. Children there, next to the Great Wall, who had never seen Mickey Mouse responded. So the studio did have that skill to communicate with images.
Popular culture bombards us with examples of animals being humanized for all sorts of purposes, ranging from education to entertainment to satire to propaganda. Walt Disney, for example, made us forget that Mickey is a mouse, and Donald a duck. George Orwell laid a cover of human societal ills over a population of livestock.
Frans de Waal
I'd vote for Mickey Mouse before I voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Edgar Bronfman, Sr.
Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we weren't allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training.
I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.
I'm Mickey Mouse. They don't know who's inside the suit.
Oh, I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness. You went to the movies then, you saw two movies and a short. When Mickey Mouse came on the screen and there was his big head, my sister said she had to hold onto me. I went berserk.
I do what I do because of Walt Disney. Goofy. Mickey Mouse. I never forgot how their films entertained me.
There was a period of time when they estimated the two biggest stars in Hollywood were Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse.
I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness.
I'm probably a bit of a cheeky grandson like my brother as well. We both tend to take the mickey a bit much.
Mickey Mouse... is always there-he's part of my life. That really is something not everyone can call their claim to fame.
The image we have would be impossible for Mickey Mouse to maintain. We're just... normal people.
I wasn't a trained Mickey Mouse club performer. I played in jazz clubs and restaurants.
I went to Bali, and I was in a small village, and somebody who was with me showed a woman a little figurine of Bart and asked: 'Do you know who this is?' And she said: 'Mickey Mouse.'
My dear friend Jimmie Dodd was the heart and the soul of The Mickey Mouse Club.
Most original viewers of the Mickey Mouse Club didn't face the crush of family and social problems children have today.
In Australia, I grew up watching 'The Mickey Mouse Club,' my son grew up watching 'Sesame Street,' my grandson's growing up watching 'Dora The Explorer.' So we are sort of saturated with American culture from the day we're born, and to those of those who do have an ear for it, it's second nature.
When I was on the 'Mickey Mouse Club,' there was Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling and Christine Aguilera. But they were 12 and I was 17, so there was a bit of an age difference.
You want to earn respect in your old age. You want to walk into a restaurant and have people say: 'There's Mickey Rourke. He was great in 'The Wrestler.' You don't want them jumping out of windows.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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