Where Did The Idea For Mouse Ears Come?

On July 31st, 1929, the ninth MIckey Mouse short was released The Karnival Kid. The short was directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.  It was released to theaters by Celebrity Productions.


The short features Mickey selling hot dogs at the fair.  Mickey’s first spoken words were in this cartoon, “Hot Dogs!” “Hot Dogs!”, the vocal effects being provided by composer Carl Stalling instead of Walt Disney.  Three other recurring characters of the series also appear. The first is Clarabelle Cow in a cameo. The second is Kat Nipp, making his third and last appearance. The third is Mickey’s recurring love interest, Minnie Mouse.

One of the biggest things that occurs in this short that becomes a Disney staple, Mickey tips his ears to Minnie.  This scene would go on to inspire Roy Williams to create the beloved Mouse Ears hats.

Mickey Tips Ears

So do you remember getting your first pair of Mouse Ears?  Do you collect them?  Tell us about it in the comments below.



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