Minnie Mouse's Birthday

Minnie Mouse's Birthday - Monday, November 18, 2024

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What is Minnie Mouse’s Birthday?

As of November 18, Minnie Mouse’s Birthday will hit the 90 year mark, but she’s just as important (and young) as ever. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created “Minerva” Mouse in the style of a “flapper girl.” She’s best known as Mickey’s girlfriend, but she’s also friends with Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow. Her November 18 “birthday” marks the day in 1928 when she made an appearance in the film “Steamboat Willie.” Whether or not you’re a die hard Disney fan, take some time to learn a little more about one of the world’s favorite cartoon characters.

History of Minnie Mouse’s Birthday

 Minnie was first brought to life in 1928, a brainchild of Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney. Her first appearance was in “Steamboat Willie,” a famous early film from Walt Disney that is also the debut of her counterpart, Mickey Mouse. 
She’s developed as a flapper girl, a popular style at the time and a symbol of freedom and modernity, but for comedic effect her heels were too big, creating many moments of slapstick where she was falling out of or over her own feet. 
As Minnie and Mickey’s relationship blossomed she began playing more damsel in distress roles. Oftentimes, Mickey had to rescue her and his rate of success helping to play in to a large portion of the comedy. 
Additionally, as she started in the late 1920s as a flapper, a much more progressive and forward fashion and time, throughout the mid-century her appearance became more conservative as the culture did as well. In the 1940s and 50s, Minnie looked much less like the rambunctious flapper of the Roaring Twenties and more like the dutiful housewife of the mid century. 

Minnie Mouse's Birthday timeline

January 22, 2018

Minnie officially became a star

Minnie Mouse received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is actually one of many animated characters, including Mickey, to be given this honor.


Minnie took the lead

NBC aired a TV special called "Totally Minnie," which was her first time as the lead character in a film.


Married to the Mouse

While it has never been explicitly stated on screen or off, Walt Disney admitted privately that Minnie and Mickey were, in fact, married.

May 15, 1928

Minnie made her first appearance

In the six-minute silent short, "Plane Crazy," the world got its first glimpse of Minnie Mouse. Though the film didn't quite take off at first, it was later picked up as a sound cartoon after the success of "Steamboat Willie."

Minnie Mouse's Birthday FAQs

How old is Minnie Mouse?

Minnie Mouse will be turning 93 years old on November 18, 2020. Not bad for a mouse, eh?

Does Minnie Mouse have a birthday?

Yes! It’s November 18. That’s the date she first appeared on screen! She’s since been in countless features and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Are Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse married?

They have never been married on screen but Walt Disney said in an interview that they are. 

What is Minnie Mouse's cats name?

Figaro, first seen as Mister Geppetto’s cat in Pinocchio, is also Minnie Mouse’s pet cat. It’s interesting, that a mouse has a pet cat.

6 Of Minnie Mouse's Obscure Relatives

  1. Marcus Mouse, her father

    Marcus first appeared in the Minnie Mouse universe in 1930.

  2. Mortimer Mouse, the rich uncle

    He's a rancher from Death Valley; Minnie eventually inherits his estate.

  3. Marhsal and Matilda Mouse, her grandparents

    Though they only appeared briefly, Minnie does in fact have grandparents!

  4. Millie and Melody Mouse, her twin nieces

    There are some inconsistencies around Minnie's nieces: In the U.S. they've also been referred to as "Pammy and Tammy," while in Brazil and Europe she sometimes has only one niece named "Melodia."

How to Celebrate Minnie Mouse's Birthday

  1. Watch some of her classic videos

    Streaming services like Netflix have a number of original Disney cartoons, including "Steamboat Willie." See how far Minnie has come from her humble beginnings in the 1920s.

  2. Put on your Minnie Mouse ears

    Get your red bow and mouse ears ready! Whether you are heading to school or the office, show your appreciation for your favorite lady mouse by donning her signature look.

  3. Head to Disney World

    Although the park doesn't have any official celebrations for Miss Minnie's birthday, November is a great time to enjoy Orlando. You may even get lucky enough to spot her in the park and get a special picture together.

Why We Love Minnie Mouse's Birthday

  1. It celebrates a strong woman 

    Representation in media is always important. One of the reasons we love Minnie Mouse's birthday is because it celebrates a strong woman who is just as important to the Disney family as any other member. 

  2. It's historically important

    Minnie Mouse - and the whole Disney family - is historically important to the development of America. There's not much more uniquely American than Minnie and Mickey Mouse and their history is indicative of the country's in that regard. 

  3. She's just all around great

    Regardless of whether you love her sass, her confidence, or some of her hilarious slapstick routines alongside Mickey, Minnie Mouse is a great character and piece of American pop-culture history. 

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