Come on everyone, all together now: “M-I-C-K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E!” That familiar, fun-filled song spells more than eight decades of smiles and laughter. One of the world’s most beloved personalities, Mickey Mouse made his screen debut on November 18, 1928, as star of the first synchronized sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie, at the Colony Theatre in New York. Mickey has become an international personality whose success laid the foundation upon which Walt Disney built his creative organization. Besides being the personification of everything Disney, Mickey is one of the most enduring personalities of our culture and times. His beaming face is recognized around the globe, and his endearing personality has captured the imagination of generations, spanning two centuries. Today, Mickey can be seen at Disney theme parks around the world, in beloved merchandise from plush to clothing, on Disney Channel in the Emmy®-winning new Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, and on Disney Junior on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Starting in 2017, Disney Junior will debut a new series, Mickey and the Roadster Racers. One of the finest tributes to Mickey was given by Walt Disney himself when, on the first episode of his weekly TV show, Disneyland, Walt said, “I hope we never lose sight of one thing… that it was all started by a mouse.” Forever let us hold his banner high!