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The Iconic Rodent is Adaptable and Eclectic

 - Apr 23, 2012
Since Walt Disney first created him in 1928, the famous rodent has been a perennial feature of pop culture, as demonstrated by these Mickey Mouse innovations. The cartoon icon has appeared countless times and in various ways over the past 84 years; from black and white cartoons to full-length films to unsettling pop surrealist art, the mouse gets around. Key to to the character's longevity and prominence is its distinct yet adaptable look.

If one sees two black circles popping up from a larger circle, immediately Mickey Mouse comes to mind. This demonstrates how the Disney character is easily distilled into a few essential features which can be worked into diverse contexts and styles. Browsing through the fashion, art, design and humor featured here should make this last point evident.

The rodent has been featured on t-shirts and sneakers, inspired off-beat appliances and been made the central focus of macabre, almost subversive artwork. Mickey Mouse is a pervasive but distinct element of pop culture.