Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse The Ultimate History

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse The Ultimate History Taschen XXL version

This XXL book about Mickey Mouse is inside a card box with a handle, so you can protect the book and carry it around.

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse The Ultimate History

I have many books about Mickey Mouse, because he is my favourite cartoon character. But this book is the most inclusive book about Mickey Mouse. The book is edited by Daniel Kohtenschulte who also edited the Taschen book The Walt Disney Film Archives The Animated Movies 1921-1968. I already made a video about that book and I will leave a link to that video below this video. The two authors that worked on this book have written a lot of books about animation and Disney animation.David Gerstein and J.B. Kaufman. They were able to write a thorough history about Mickey Mouse. The book has 496 pages and weighs 12.5 Pounds. The book is so big that I had to lay it down on the ground so I could film it. As with all Taschen books the design and binding of the books are astounding. The book is quiet expensive, but there is good news. Taschen will publish a smaller version of this book for an affordable price. I will leave a link below this video for the pre-order.

Mickey Mouse

The book is divided in three era’s: The Golden Age, The Silver Age ad the Modern Age. Every era has it’s own design with a circle cut-out. It is these little visual what makes the design of this book special.

Golden Age


On November 18, 1928, the world’s most famous mouse made his very first public debut. This book is one of the most expansive illustrated publications on the Disney universe. Starting with the first sketches of a character who was almost named Mortimer, the authors trace the career of Walt Disney’s and Ub Iwerks’s most famous creation, one met with an explosion of worldwide popularity preceded only by the earlier successes of Charlie Chaplin. What I love about this book are the photo spreads that show a lot of details that you won’t find in any other book. It shows all kinds of artwork. From modelsheets, to storyboards, backgrounds, movie posters and poster cards. Through the pictures you get a better idea of the time the movies were released in the thirties. It shows other artwork of Mickey for advertisements, comics and merchandise. 
It was until 1936 that all of the Mickey cartoons were in black and white. The first time Mickey Mouse appeared in full color was a special cartoon Disney made for the Academy Awards in 1935. The first Mickey Mouse cartoon in full-color was ‘The Band Concert’ from 1935. There is also a readers ribbon with a Mickey face on it. In 1938 the top-animator. Fred Moore made a new design of Mickey for ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, a segment of Fantasia. Mickey got pupils, so he could better express himself. The first new appearance of Mickey was introduced in the animation short ‘Mickey’s Surprise Party’ from 1939 and in ‘The Pointer’. In 1940 ‘Fantasia’ was released with the Mickey Mouse sequence ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. Apart form the movies Mickey also got his own comic in the news paper. They were published worldwide. This book also shows artwork of never released animation shorts.

The Silver Age


In he late forties Mickey Mouse changed again, losing his red button shorts for a more contemporary look and his ears were draw in perspective. It was the time that Disneyland opened and the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ show aired on television. Mickey played a main part together with Donald Duck and Goofy in the feature length animation Fun & Fancy Free. It was a an animation music fantasy package film. Disney made these kind of films to save money. In this book some great art is show of the sequence ‘Mickey and the Beanstalk’.

The Modern Age


In the sixties Mickey lost his way to the silver screen, but became very popular in comics all over the world. In 2012 the game ‘Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion’ was released showing and old design Mickey. A year later an new series of shorts were produced and Paul Rudish made a new deign of Mickey inspired by the look of the thirties. In the same year a CGI-short ‘Get A Horse’ was released with Mickey and Minnie like they appeared in ‘Steamboat Willie’ from 1928. It surprising to see that Walt Disney animation re-introduced Mickey in the old style again.

  • Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse The Ultimate History
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN (December 23, 2018)
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 3 x 18 inches (29 x 39.5 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 pounds (5,7 kilo)

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