3. Charlie Chaplin was an inspiration

Charlie Chaplin inspired Mickey Mouse

Charlie Chaplin inspired Mickey Mouse ( Image: The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

Walt Disney said silent film star Charlie Chaplin was an inspiration for Mickey Mouse.

“We wanted something attractive, and we considered this little mouse that would have a little bit of the wistfulness of Chaplin… a tiny guy attempting to do his best,” says Disney.

Ub lwerks, the artist who helped develop it, said he thought people saw him as a dashing and heroic character.