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The Original Mouseketeers

Oct 03, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

The Mickey Mouse Club television series kicked off on October 3, 1955. It was Walt Disney’s second production for TV, the first being Disneyland, an anthology series. Prior to the TV series, there was a theater production called Mickey Mouse Club. It premiered on January 4, 1930 at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park,

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Before Mickey Mouse there was Oswald

Sep 05, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In 1927, film producer Charles Mintz approached the Disney studio and cartoonist Ub Iwerks to develop Universal’s first animated character, along with creating all the cartoons.  The result was a short called Poor Papa, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Universal was not thrilled with the first episode—execs had expected the character to be heavily based

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Mickey & Donald Friction Toys

Aug 05, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Who could resist these Marx Toys friction toys featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck? These toys date to the 1950s-1960s. The toys stand about 4″ high and use a German-made friction motor. Friction toys are driven by springs – the spring is wound when the wheels are pushed backwards across a high-friction surface (like carpet

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The Wise Little Hen Presents Donald Duck

Jun 09, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

Donald Duck made his debut in 1934 in a short film called The Wise Little Hen. In the cartoon, Donald and his friend, Peter Pig, try to avoid working by faking a stomach ache. One of the most popular cartoon characters of all time, Donald has appeared in more films than any other Disney character,

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