Drunk History – The Birth of Mickey Mouse


SO OSWALD IS GREAT
FOR UNIVERSAL. WALT GOES TO CHARLES MINTZ
AND HE SAYS, LISTEN, WE ARE [BLEEP]
KILLING IT, TIME FOR YOU TO PAY US
SOME MORE MONEY. AND MINTZ, MINTZ LOOKS AT HIM
AND HE LAUGHS. [laughs]
I’M GONNA GIVE YOU LESS MONEY. AND MINTZ GOES, I HAVE SIGNED
ALL OF YOUR ANIMATORS, AND I OWN OSWALD, HE’S MINE. WALT DISNEY VOWED FROM THAT DAY, NOT ONLY WILL I EVER NOT OWN
ANY CHARACTER I CREATE, I WILL NEVER NOT OWN THEM. THEY-THE [laughs]
I THINK. HE SAID TO UB,
UB, YOU WITH ME? AND UB, YET AGAIN,
LEFT WITH WALT DISNEY, AND UB SAID TO HIM,
WHAT ARE WE DOING WALT? AND WALT’S LIKE, WE NEED A
CHARACTER, UB, WHAT DO YOU GOT? WHAT ABOUT A HORSE?
NOPE. WHAT ABOUT A DOG?
NOPE. [sighs]
WHAT ABOUT A CAT? NO, MAN,
WE GOT ENOUGH CATS. WE GOT FELIX THE CAT,
THERE’S A LOT OF CATS OUT THERE. WHAT ELSE YOU GOT? WHAT ABOUT A MOUSE? WALT’S LIKE, YEAH,
LET’S DO THAT. BUT WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
WAS ALL UB IWERKS, OKAY? SO UB LOCKED HIMSELF
IN THE STUDIO, AND HE CHURNS OUT 600 TO 700
FRAMES A DAY, UNHEARD OF. HE DID TWO MONTHS OF ANIMATION
IN TWO WEEKS, AND HE CREATED A CHARACTER,
MICKEY MOUSE. HE SAT DOWN AND DREW
THAT CARTOON PLAIN CRAZY, WALT LOVES IT,
BUT HE GOES YOU KNOW WHAT? WE NEED SOMETHING BIGGER,
AND UB WAS LIKE, BUT WHAT IF WE COULD
SYNC SOUND TO IT? WHAT IF WE DID OUR NEXT CARTOON
WHERE WE COULD SEE THE ACTION HAPPENING IN THE TIME
WITH THE MUSIC, AND WALT WAS LIKE YEAH,
LET’S DO SYNC SOUND. SO STEAMBAY–SO STEAM MILL– SO STEAMBOAT WILLIE COMES OUT AND IT BLOWS AUDIENCES AWAY. THEY WENT,
I CAN SEE THAT MOUSE WHISTLING. I CAN HEAR THE MOUSE WHISTLING,
OH MY GOD, THIS MOUSE IS WHISTLING ALONG
WITH WHAT HIS MOUTH IS DOING. THERE’S [bleep] SYNC SOUND. THERE WERE STANDING OVATIONS. MICKEY MOUSE BECAME
AN ICON OVERNIGHT. HE WAS REFERENCED
IN MOVIES AND SONGS, AND IT CREATES DISNEY. LIKE THIS EM–EMBELLISHES
THEIR MICE TO EVERYBODY. THEY KNOW THAT THIS IS LIKE
THE GAME HAS CHANGED. WITH THE ADDED PRESSURES
OF MICKEY DOING REALLY WELL,

100 Replies to “Drunk History – The Birth of Mickey Mouse”

  1. 1:35 Why do you draw like you're running out of time? Draw day and night like your running out of time every second you're alive, every second your alive? Why do you draw like history has its
    eyes
    on
    you?!

  2. What's especially funny, at least to me, is that this history actually sounded like he was not only sober, but a superb fact-checker as well! Kinda tragic, don't you think?

  3. Was the actor playing Walt Disney is the guy from sky high film, idk if the name of the film is sky high lol.

  4. now I know y'all know there wasn't no black man in the theater sitting next to a white lady in 1928😂😂😂😂😂

  5. Didn't Max fleisher already have sound in his animations 4 years before Walt Disney did
    (Idk how to spell his name)

  6. The anachronism at 2:15 completely destroys my ability to enjoy history related by a drunk person. Comedy Central fails again. No one can enjoy comedy about history without complete and total accuracy. Things cannot be funny without total historical accuracy. Impossible!

  7. Didn’t even mention that mickey’s original name was Mortimer until Walt’s wife told him that was a fucking stupid name

  8. First named Mortimer Mouse (& Mickey Rooney takes credit for Mickey Mouse's name)

    Disney also fucked Ub Iwerks harder than the Gimp scene in Pulp Fiction

  9. But 20th Century Fox made the first non-silent film. Sad, two, because it was racist (heavily uses blackface)

  10. They forgot about Walt's partner Carl Stalling who was the original voice and composer of the music that made Mickey Mouse a hit!

  11. There's always an "Actual" guy who created a memorable character and not the famous guy who people THINK created them all by themselves. That's why Bill Finger's getting credit for having practically created Batman.

  12. Disney wasn’t the first cartoon to have sound sync with it, the studio behind Betty boop and popeye where the first and Walt stole credit for it and many other accomplishments from that studio

  13. Mortimer was actually supposed to be the name that Walt wanted Mickey to be called but his wife told him that was a terrible name and told Walt to call him Mickey and have his rival called Mortimer, and the rest is history.

  14. Ok why does micheal angarano look almost exactly like 25 year old Walt Disney? Like its fucking scary

  15. This show is awesome but your youtube clip FUCKING SUCK! U make three stories per show but u only give us a third of one shitty clip to watch

  16. Oh come on pal…….it was on a train ride from new york to Los Angales where WALT DISNEY came up with me! Then….Walt and Ub drew me for the first time..

  17. I wonder if Disney being an anti-semite would be okay with a black person sitting behind him in the test screen for steamboat Willie in this piece??

  18. in real life, Ub Iwerks really did do all of Disney's animation. Disney was not even an animator he was just a guy who drew stick like a characters and shit and then his animators like the nine old men, would make something out of them. Other than that, Walt Disney was pretty much the brawn brain and the rest of them, animation geniuses. Hell, you should have just gave the company all to them.

  19. Fleischer Studios (They created Betty Boop btw) actually created cartoons with sound 4 years before Steamboat Willy. Steamboat Willy released in 1928 while Fleischer Studios released a cartoon with sound in 1924 (the famous follow the bouncing ball sing along).

  20. Little known fact. Pete was created before Mickey Mouse. So Pete is actually older than Mickey. Pete was created in 1925 and first appeared in Alice Solves the Puzzle while Mickey first appeared in 1928 in Steamboat Willie which also featured Pete. Pete was never a main character, but always a supporting character and/or antagonist.

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