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Taking the Mickey out of the Mouse

As Disney return Mickey, their much-loved cartoon mouse, to his original form, we ask why these particular creatures have such wide appeal

By Patricia Holmes  

Mickey Mouse is returned to his original form in Get a Horse

Mickey Mouse is so familiar that it is easy to forget he is a mouse. He is most recognisable in his red shorts, orange shoes and white gloves. His large ears, big eyes, small snout, retreating chin and stalky arms and legs have influenced generations of cinematic mice. But in the new animated short, Get a Horse!, Disney has decided to return their most famous character to his original incarnation. This early-style representation—smaller ears, beady eyes…

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