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  Mickey Mouse celebrates 75th year
Updated 18 November 2003, 08.34
Mickey Mouse with Minnie Mouse
He might look young and fresh, but Mickey Mouse celebrated his 75th birthday on Tuesday.

The character was created by Walt Disney, and first appeared on screen on 18 November, 1928, in Steamboat Willie.

To celebrate his birthday, Disney have made 75 statues of him, which will be toured around the world, and are releasing a special DVD and video.

Walt Disney once said: "I only hope we never lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."

Mickey Mouse
Mickey's image has had a few changes over the years
Justin Timberlake

Mickey, who has been in a total of 120 cartoons, was originally going to be called Mortimer, and is known as Mi Lao Shu in China and Topolino in Italy.

Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears all owe the mouse a favour - they started their careers on TV show the Mickey Mouse Club.

But he should count himself lucky - he was only created after Walt lost the legal rights to his first character - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

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