Where Did The Idea For Mouse Ears Come From?

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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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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