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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Voice of Mickey Mouse

The auditions for the voice of Mickey Mouse did not go well. None of the auditioners satisfied Walt Disney, who kept making suggestions about how he felt a cartoon mouse should sound. Frustrated, one of his braver animators suggested that maybe Walt should just provide the voice. Amazingly, he did just that-for almost twenty years! 

When Mr. Disney's other projects began to get bigger and occupy more of his time, he turned the voice duties over to a musician at the studio named Jimmy McDonald. Walt did do Mickey's voice one last time after his original tenure ended; that's him as Mickey Mouse on the Mickey Mouse Club.