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Mickey Mouse turns 80


It's Mickey Mouse's birthday - and the cartoon character has turned 80. The first time Mickey Mouse hit our screens was in Steam Boat Willie - the first completely synchronised sound cartoon, shown in 1928. Brian Sibley, the author of the Disney Studio Story and Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times, explains the enduring appeal of Walt Disney's most famous creation.

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