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Mickey Mouse has been the central mascot of the Walt Disney Corporation since his creation in 1928. The iconic cartoon character has seen many updates over the years, but his mouse ears, red pants, and white gloves are staples in the mouse’s design—just three well-placed circles are enough to create Mickey’s recognizable silhouette.
This geometric representation of Mickey Mouse is called a “Classic Mickey,” which Disney artists, designers, and imagineers hide throughout Disney theme parks and resorts, attractions, and media including animated movies, TV series, and live-action films. These covertly-placed gems are affectionately called “Hidden Mickeys.”
Although the Walt Disney Corporation has not officially recognized the appearances, Hidden Mickeys have become part of the fabric of the complete Disney experience. Here are 39 Hidden Mickeys in Disney animated movies.
1. AND 2. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
Hidden Mickeys have appeared in every Disney full-length animated feature film since the very beginning with the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Two Hidden Mickeys appear early in the film—when Snow White finishes scrubbing the castle’s steps, and when the Prince serenades Snow White under her balcony.
3. PINOCCHIO (1940)
After the Blue Fairy turns the puppet Pinocchio into a wooden boy, Mister Geppetto and his cat Figaro and goldfish Cleo celebrate his arrival. When Pinocchio sets his finger on fire, Geppetto rushes to put it out. They pass by a chair, which looks like Mickey Mouse’s head.
4. AND 5. FANTASIA (1942)
Disney’s high-concept animated film Fantasia features two Hidden Mickeys: one during the Nutcracker Suite, and the other in the legendary Sorcerer’s Apprentice movement before Mickey gets caught in a whirlpool.
6. AND 7. DUMBO (1941)
A majority of Hidden Mickeys involve water ripples and bubbles, perhaps because this is the easiest way to introduce various circles of all shapes and sizes.
In Walt Disney’s 1941 animated film, when Dumbo receives a loving bath from his mother, the soap bubbles form a Hidden Mickey. Then, when Dumbo’s miniature companion Timothy falls into a bucket of champagne, he emerges ostensibly drunk as he hiccups pink bubbles, which form another.
8. BAMBI (1942)
At the very beginning of Bambi, when the wildlife of the forest celebrate the start of a new spring season, a bird feeds her three baby birds a small group of berries that resembles the iconic Mickey Mouse.
9. CINDERELLA (1950)
As Cinderella scrubs the floor, soap bubbles float up to reveal her reflection in a trio of bubbles that form a Hidden Mickey.
10. PETER PAN (1953)
The film is actually bookended with the same image of the Darling home. In front of their London house, a cluster of trees forms a Hidden Mickey.
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