Even though Mickey Mouse is far more famous, Minnie Mouse was born at around the same time and appeared with him in Steamboat Willie, which was such a success in the late 1920's. She has since appeared in another 73 or so cartoons and can still be seen on the Disney Channel today.
Her real name is Minerva "Minnie" Mouse. Her father is Marcus Mouse and her Mother is Margie Mouse. Her parents were introduced in the comic strip 'Mr Slicker and the Egg Robbers.' They were both farmers. On the wall in the background, you could also see pictures of her grandparents, Marshall and Matilda Mouse.
Her other more well known relatives include her Uncle Mortimer Mouse and her twin nieces, Millie and Melody Mouse. Mini Mouse is chiefly portrayed as Mickey Mouse's girlfriend and the best friend of Daisy Duck.
Minnie Mouse loves wearing the color red and she is particularly known for her oversized high heeled pumps, which she often walks right out of. She started off by looking considerably like a flapper type of girl, and her knickers with a patch showed all the time, but as the years drew on she became more conservative in her dress sense.
Minnie appeared in many cartoons alongside Mickey during the late 1920's and early 1930's. She took a bit of a back seat to Donald Duck and Goofy in the late 1930's.
Minnie's popularity polls still run a close second to Mickey Mouse. In fact, 1986 was made Minnie's Year at the Disney theme parks. In the course of that year, she was much better known, and eventually got the recognition she had waited for for so long.
A lot of ladies have done the voice of Minnie Mouse. At the outset, Marcel Lite Garner did Minnie's voice. The next Minnie Mouse voice was Thelma Boardman from 1940-1942 and Ruth Clifford 1942-1952. The ladies all came from Disney's ink and paint department at the Disney Studio. Finally in 1986, Russi Taylor became the voice of Minnie Mouse and still does it to date.
Over the years Mickey and Mortimer Mouse have competed for Minnie's affections. As with all the happy endings, Mickey Mouse continually wins Minnie's heart. In the cartoon 'Mickey's Rival' the rivalry between the two first began.
In 1988, Minnie Mouse got her own starring role on television in Totally Minnie. This was a musical TV special with Suzanne Sommers as the host and guest appearances by Mickey Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. In this TV show, Minnie sang a duet with Elton John and the song was "Don't Go Breakin My Heart". She also taught Robert Carradine, who played a nerd, how to be accepted and cool on the "Minnie Mouse Center for the Totally Un-hip." This television show was Minnie's very first starring role.
Minnie Mouse is also known worldwide and is a prominent figure in the Disney theme parks. She is often seen with Mickey Mouse and everyone loves to pose with this couple for photographs, while paying a visit to a Disney park.