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That’s right folks! Mickeys ears never change with perspective changes! This wasn’t always true, there were a few animation changes along the way. However they always reverted back to the constant circle!

Mickeys ears

Mickeys Ears


In animation in the 1940s, his ears were animated in a more realistic perspective. Later, they were drawn to always appear circular no matter which way Mickey was facing. This made Mickey easily recognizable to audiences and made his ears an unofficial trademark.

The circular rule later created a dilemma for toy creators who had to recreate a three-dimensional Mickey.

In the late 40’s, he changed once more in The Little Whirlwind, where he used his trademark pants for the last time in decades, lost his tail, got more realistic ears that changed with perspective and a different body anatomy. But this change would only last for a short period of time before returning to the previous design.

Rock on Mickey!

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