Ep. 710: Disney100 – It All Started with a Girl (and a Mouse)

This week, Mousetalgia celebrates Disney100 by speaking with Laurieanne Zandbergen, the daughter of Virginia Davis, who was the little girl hired by Walt and Roy Disney to perform as “Alice” for their Alice comedies on Oct. 16, 1923, marking the “official” birthday of the Walt Disney Company. Laurieanne talks about her mother’s memories of working with Walt, the history of the Alice Comedies, and the importance of the role Virginia played in the formation of Walt’s career. Then, we speak with Melissa Cavanagh, a very close friend of Mickey Mouse, about Mickey’s career including meeting fans, staying optimistic, and ice skating. Plus – facts about mouse circuses, Mickey’s Circus remembered – and more.

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