Mickey Mouse (originally known as Mickey Mouse Sound Cartoons) is a series of American animated short films produced by Walt Disney Productions. The series started in 1928 with Steamboat Willie and ended in 1953 with The Simple Things. Four additional shorts were released between 1983 and 2013. The series is notable for its innovation with sound synchronization and character animation, and also introduced well-known characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Goofy.
The name “Mickey Mouse” was first used in the films’ title sequences to refer specifically to the character, but was used from 1935 to 1953 to refer to the series itself as in “Walt Disney presents a Mickey Mouse.” In this sense “a Mickey Mouse” was a shortened form of “a Mickey Mouse sound cartoon” which was used in the earliest films. Films from 1929 to 1935 which were re-released during this time also used this naming convention, but it was not used for the three shorts released between 1983 and 1995 (Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Prince and the Pauper, and Runaway Brain). Mickey’s name was also used occasionally to market other films which were formally part of other series. Examples of this include several Silly Symphonies and Goofy and Wilbur (1939).