Disney Celebrates 90 Years Of Mickey Mouse With Stunning Art Exhibition

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A special temporary exhibit in New York celebrates Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary (Credit: Disney)

Walt Disney’s iconic and adorable rodent Mickey Mouse turned 90 this year! To pay homage to the mouse “who started it all,” the Disney Corporation recently unveiled “Mickey: The True Original,” a 16,000-square-foot immersive art exhibition in Manhattan, New York. Open to the public from November 8, 2018 to February 10, 2019, it features stunning Mickey-inspired exhibits created by over 20 contemporary artists from all over the world.

A life-sized steamboat features prominently in the “Hello Mickey” installation (Credit: Disney)

Among the highlights is the “Hello Mickey” installation, which is dedicated to the mouse’s big screen debut: Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928. The short film, depicting Mickey piloting a steamboat while whistling a catchy, cheerful tune, was the first Disney cartoon to feature synchronized sound, incorporating both character sounds and musical composition. The exhibit also includes remakes of the short clip created in various styles by different artists and a life-size steamboat, where visitors can test their piloting skills.

Early Mickey comic strips (Credit: Disney)

Also fun is the "It's Black & White" exhibit, which celebrates the early Mickey black-and-white comic strips and the "1928: Original Muse" installation dedicated to Mickey's global influence throughout the years. In the "Burst into Color" room, fans will be treated to Mickey’s fascinating transition from black-and-white cartoons to color.

Sorcerer’s Way exhibit by Oliver Clegg (Credit: Disney)

Fans of the classic 1940 Disney release Fantasia will be delighted with New York-based artist Oliver Clegg’s “Sorcerer’s Way.” Named after the movie’s popular "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment, in which Mickey wears the sorcerer’s hat and tries his hand at magic, only to fail miserably, it features a giant sorcerer’s hat as well as fake wells filled with original art from the movie. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a mural of Mickey’s famous sorcerer’s costume painted on recycled outdoor theater chairs.

When asked about the unique canvas, Clegg said, "For me, what is most interesting about Fantasia as a project [is that] it's a piece that was literally meant to engage an audience. The choice of the chairs was important because they represented the viewer and the audience.”

The Cosmic Cavern by Kenny Scarf (Credit: Disney)

One of the most eye-catching installations, “The Cosmic Cavern,” comes from American painter and street artist Kenny Scarf. Inspired by one of Disney’s first licensed products, the Mickey Mouse watch, it transforms the iconic timepiece into an immersive neon technicolor experience complete with bright green, blue, yellow, and pink hues. The techno music blaring in the background crowns the surreal experience. The observant few will also notice the Easter eggs – depictions of Mickey – artfully hidden among the large clocks and memorabilia hanging from the ceiling and walls.

Special celebratory ice cream by Ample Hills (Credit: Ample Hills)

The pop-up exhibition also features a carefully curated selection of Mickey Mouse memorabilia from Disney’s archives, providing fans with a never-before-seen glimpse into the character’s evolution over the past 90 years.

The best part of the temporary show, however, is the Ample Hills Creamery counter in the Mickey Mouse club room, where visitors are treated to scoops of two delicious ice cream flavors – Confetti Celebration and Triple Chocolate Surprise. Created especially for the occasion, they include lots of birthday cake and Mickey-shaped white chocolate pieces filled with fudge and tangy lemon cream – yum!

Disney also honored the world’s most famous mouse with a two-hour television special featuring star-studded musical performances, moving tributes, and unreleased short films on November 4, 2018. The landmark birthday is also being celebrated with tie-in events at all Disney Parks and Resorts.

Happy 90th Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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948 Comments
  • busybee
    busybeeFriday, July 3, 2020 at 12:13 pm
    I wish I could go there.
    • bartholomew
      bartholomewSunday, June 28, 2020 at 4:50 pm
      C to the o to the o to the l
      • sandeigopumpkin
        sandeigopumpkinMonday, June 8, 2020 at 2:31 pm
        Wow!!😧😺
        • caliunicorn
          caliunicornThursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:19 pm
          I've loved Disney since iv' e seen it. GO MICKEY!!! He's done so much. Have you tasted his Oreos?😎:
          • unicornelly
            unicornellyThursday, June 4, 2020 at 9:38 am
            i love it
            • iamgood
              iamgoodSunday, May 31, 2020 at 5:20 pm
              WOW!!
              • elena_likes_dog
                elena_likes_dogFriday, May 29, 2020 at 11:29 am
                THIS IS AMAZING!! I'M A DISNEY FANAIC!!!!!!!
                • queen_strong
                  queen_strongWednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm
                  Awesome!!!!!
                  • mhkgc235
                    mhkgc235Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:20 am
                    i recently got disney + so me and my sister watched the first ever disney creation that was made in 1927!!
                    • queen_strong
                      queen_strongWednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm
                      me too!
                    • mhkgc235
                      mhkgc235Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:17 am
                      wow!! that's amazing!!