Were early Mickey Mouse cartoons “too humanlike”? Find out at this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Disney Trivia!
In the 1920s, film animation was a new art. Wanting to excel and set his work apart from that of his competitors, Walt Disney wanted the gags in his cartoons to arise from the characters themselves, and did not want the characters to have action imposed upon them. He didn’t want them to be just drawings. Thus, he was praised for making his creations “simulate the gestures and expressions of human beings.” Perhaps they were too humanlike for some people. Louis B. Mayer, the head of MGM Studios, objected to the first Mickey Mouse films because he said that pregnant women see MGM movies, and women are afraid of mice, especially when they are ten feet tall on the movie screen. [Via Walt Disney, by Neal Gabler.]
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