Mickey had to be simple. We had to push out seven hundred feet of film every two weeks. His head was a circle with an oblong circle for a snout. The ears were also circles so they could be drawn the same, no matter how he turned his head. His body was like a pear, and he had a long tail. His legs were pipestems, and we stuck them in large shoes to give him the look of a kid wearing his father’s shoes. We didn’t want him to have mouse hands, because he was supposed to be more human. So we we gave him gloves. [Although Mickey went gloveless the first 3 cartoons he starred in.] Five fingers seem like to much on such a little figure so we took away one. That was just one less finger to animate. To provide a little detail, we gave him the two-button pants. There was no mouse hair or any other frills that would slow down animation.”

- Walt Disney

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