On January 13, 1930, a new cartoon mouse showed up in U.S. newspapers for the first time: Mickey Mouse. When Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks first drew this friendly rodent 2 years earlier, they probably had no idea that a mouse could become so popular. With his high voice, red shorts, and poofy yellow shoes that look impossible to walk in, Mickey is one of the world’s most famous cartoon characters. He was also the first cartoon character to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside real humans. After all, Mickey wears clothes, too.
Wee ones: Who wears more shoes, you or Mickey?
Little kids: If Mickey is good friends with 2 ducks, 2 dogs and 1 lovely girl mouse, how many good friends does he have? Bonus: If Mickey had already been around for 2 years in 1930, in what year was he first drawn?
Big kids: Mickey Mouse has also appeared in 130 movies! If he showed up for 10 minutes in each movie, how many minutes of screen time has Mickey performed? Bonus: Mickey will turn 90 years old in 2018. How old will you be, and how much older than you is Mickey?
Wee ones: You’re the same – you each wear 32 shoes!
Little kids: 5 good friends. Bonus: 1928.
Big kids: 1,300 minutes of screen time. Bonus: Different for everyone…figure out your age in 2018, then subtract from 90.