It’s a certain mouse’s 88th birthday this month and to celebrate his turning of age, Abbey Louisa Rose and myself have collaborated on a blog post each to share our love of Mickey Mouse and all things Disney.
To see Abbey’s fantastic post click here.
Hey Mickey You’re So Fine
My earliest memory of Mickey Mouse was watching a cartoon of him and Minnie with Donald Duck in the mornings. As a child how could you not love a cute mouse who is always trying to impress his SO.
There was also a Disney Comic that I used to get when I was younger (circa 1992) which I loved getting as a Saturday treat. This began my love of comic’s, which lead to pre-teen mags (remember Mizz and J17!), then pop magazines (such as TV Hits, Smash Hits and Big Magazine) then came More!, Bliss, Be and Company magazines and now it’s just Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines that I get.
I always have to get at least one magazine a month as it’s something I have done since I first got brought a comic all those years ago. I thank Mickey and chums for kick starting my non fiction reading obsession!
It’s no illusion
As side from getting a Disney comic and watching the cartoons I also has a Sega Master II games console (that is showing my age!) and one of the games I had was Mickey Mouse’s Castle of Illusion,
I loved this game. I have vivid memories of myself and my older sister (by 8 years) of playing this. I would be good at the first few levels, then when they got harder I got my sister to take over.
My sister at the time loved a band called Jamiroquai and that was the background to playing this game. Even now when I listen to old Jamiroquai songs I’m taken back to playing that game.
The levels were bright and colourful and involved Mickey making his way through the platform levels to try and get to an evil witch at the end of the game. There are some games now, that despite their amazing graphics don’t live up to the sheer joy of playing a simple platform level game like Castle of Illusion.
Many a happy hour was spent playing this game (well as happy as it can be when two siblings are
fighting playing a computer game!) and I only have happy memories of playing this game.
Beauty and the Beast
Also around this time came the release of Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. I do not recall how I first came to see it, I think I must of rented a video from the video store but all I know is when I watched it I fell in love with it.
Some female lead characters of previous Disney animated films felt a bit too prissy for me, like Cinderella and Snow White. I loved that Belle was independent, bright and confident. I thought she was a great role model. I liked that she did her own thing despite what the other villagers thought.
I was also drawn into the fact that she fell for the beast despite his exterior and saw him for who he really was. I’ve always loved a story with a morale and Beauty and the Beast was just that.
I loved the film so much that one Christmas much to my surprise and delight I got a Belle doll, with both the blue dress and white pinafore and gold ball gown. I adored this as I had my own Belle to dress and play with.
Even now I have the film in Bluray 3D just so I can experience it in all it’s technicolour and third dimension spleandour. Along with this I have a Beauty and the Beast wooden figurine and a rose in a jar ornament. And as you can imagine I am so excited for the live action version to come out next year. To me it looks tastefully and cleverly adapted from the animated version.
This may come as a shock…
I may well be the only person under the age of 35 in the western world that has not seen Frozen. I have so much about it from TV and friends that I feel I don’t need to actually see it to know what it’s about. Also I felt it was a bit young for me. Great for kinds but for a grown adult with no kids as an excuse to watch it, I don’t see it’s appeal. (I know shoot me now!).
My friend also brought me a copy of it so I would watch it for my birthday (which was back in April) but it’s still unopened. Though I have seen some other Disney films since.
For example the live action version of Cinderella. I also brought on DVD, The Little Mermaid (another Disney classic I love).
A few years ago when 3D films had just started to show in cinema’s I saw Scrooge made by Disney.
The 3D in this was awesome. The snow fell like it was right in front of you and the ghost of Christmas past flew around backing me jump at times!
I gathered some of my favourite Disney films below. I haven’t a huge collection as I’m picky with my Disney films so you can see what I rate below.
Disney X Cath Kidston
One Mickey Mouse collection I am looking forward to is the collection by Cath Kidston. I love CK as it is but adding Mickey into the mix is just going to be amazing. All I know is my Christmas wish list will suddenly get a lot bigger when this launches at the beginning of December.
So Happy Birthday Mickey! You’re looking great for 88!
I’d love to know what Mickey means to you. Share by commenting below!
Lot’s of love,