Mickey Mouse family

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The Mickey Mouse family are Disney cartoon characters related to Mickey Mouse. They appear predominantly in Disney comics set in the Mickey Mouse universe. The family of Minnie Mouse are included as affinal relatives of Mickey based on Walt Disney's comment that Mickey and Minnie are a married couple, despite the fact that they play boyfriend and girlfriend in stories.

Mickey's relatives[edit]

Amelia Fieldmouse[edit]

Amelia Fieldmouse is Mickey's younger sister and the mother of Mickey's nephews Morty and Ferdie. The character first appeared in Morty and Ferdie's 1932 comics debut. In the English version of these comic strips, she is referred to only as "Mrs. Fieldmouse." In the Dutch translation of the strips, her name is given as Amalia. In various English language references, this is typically Anglicized to Amelia Fieldmouse. The original strips do not make clear that Amelia is Mickey's sister; as drawn, she looks more like a maiden aunt. But the relationship has been clarified when she reappeared in more recent comics.

At Egmont Publishing, Amelia's name is given as Felicity Fieldmouse. As a side note, Egmont also named Felicity's husband, the twins' father, Frank, though he has yet to be depicted in a published comic. Egmont's modern version of Amelia has slimmed down and is designed to look closer to Mickey in age, while remaining significantly taller than him.

Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse[edit]

Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse

Mortimer "Morty" and Ferdinand "Ferdie" Fieldmouse are Mickey Mouse's nephews. They first appeared in Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse Sunday strip story line titled "Mickey's Nephews" (1932). Since then they have appeared in lots of comic strips and comic book stories starring Mickey Mouse and Pluto.

Ferdie disappeared from the Mickey Mouse comic strip in 1943 because Gottfredson thought the nephews were too much alike. He had plans to bring Ferdie back later as a bespectacled, intellectual, bookworm mouse with an Eton hat and coat with the explanation that he had been away at school. However, Gottfredson never got around to bringing Ferdie back and Morty remained in the strip alone. Morty was occasionally depicted with his best friend named Alvin and a sweetheart named Millie. Both were anthropomorphic dogs. Ferdie never vanished from comic book stories, however. In recent years, some of Morty and Ferdie's comic book appearances have portrayed them as football players on the team Riverside Rovers. Their mother is depicted as a supportive "Soccer Mom." Morty & Ferdie are also occasionally pitted against their antagonists Melody, Minnie Mouse's niece and Pete's twin hellion nephews, Pierino & Pieretto. Morty should not be confused with Mickey Mouse's originally proposed name "Mortimer Mouse," or Mickey's ofttimes rival of the same name Mortimer Mouse, or Minnie's wealthy rancher Uncle Mortimer. Morty is a playable character on the PlayStation 2 game Disney Golf.

In pre-World War II children's books produced by Disney, the nephews were usually called Morty and Monty. Earlier books contain three or more nephews with various names, including Maisie and Marmaduke.

In animation, Mickey's nephews first appear in the 1933 Mickey Mouse film Giantland, although the film shows Mickey with as many as 14 nephews at the same time. The following year the nephews appear again in Gulliver Mickey. The following film, Mickey's Steam Roller, is the first to show Mickey with only two nephews, who can be presumed to be Morty and Ferdie, although they are unnamed in the film itself. This was two years after the twins debuted in the comic strip. Morty and Ferdie also make a cameo towards the end of 1938's Boat Builders and appear again in 1983's Mickey's Christmas Carol in speaking roles, albeit at different ages as one of the twins took on the role of Tiny Tim. In 1999 they make a cameo in the two part Mickey Mouse Works segment "Around the World in Eighty Days", which was used again in Disney's House of Mouse.

Madeline Mouse[edit]

Madeline Mouse is Mickey's blonde city cousin who appeared in "Love Trouble", a strip serial that ran from April 14 to July 5, 1941. While referred to as blonde in the story itself, Madeline has also been colored with straight yellow fur in some printings of the story.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit[edit]

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is an anthropomorphic black rabbit who is described as Mickey's older half brother in the video game Epic Mickey. This is a reference to the fact that Oswald was Walt Disney's primary cartoon star before the creation of Mickey Mouse. Disney's loss of the rights to Oswald in 1928 led to Mickey's creation. In 2006, The Walt Disney Company reacquired the rights to Oswald, and have since used him in the Epic Mickey video game franchise.

Minnie's relatives[edit]

Marcus Mouse[edit]

Marcus Mouse is Minnie's father. He first appears as a farmer in the Mickey Mouse comic strip story line "Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers," first published between September 22 and December 26, 1930. He's also appeared in some English stories from 1930s Mickey Mouse Annuals.

Marshal Mouse and Matilda Mouse[edit]

Marshal Mouse and Matilda Mouse are Minnie's grandparents.

Millie and Melody Mouse[edit]

Millie and Melody Mouse

Millie and Melody Mouse are Minnie Mouse's nieces. Minnie has had an inconsistent list of nieces. In Europe and Brazil, most often a single niece is depicted, even consistently named Melodia (Melody). She is a Disney Studio creation by Jim Fletcher in the mid-sixties whose primary "task" seems to be to drive Morty & Ferdie crazy.

However, in at least one other Italian or Brazilian tale Minnie did have another niece named Zizi (whether this was the name of Melody's twin or just another name for Melody is unknown). However, in America, Minnie has had a couple sets of twin nieces as portrayed by Paul Murry, named both Melody & Melinda and Pammy & Tammy (these could very easily be the same twins, but Paul Murry and his writer forgot they had already named them in a previous tale). There is also one more set of twin nieces who appear on occasion named Lily & Tiny, though these two are distinctly much older than Melody (and Melinda), often used as teenage foils for Minnie. These teenage nieces have yet to appear in comics printed in the USA.

It is reported that another name is attributed in American comics giving Minnie's single niece the name of Molly. Another set of nieces appear in an early Mickey Mouse book from the 1940s as triplets calling themselves "Dolly, Polly & Molly," while a lone niece attributed to Mickey appears in the cartoon "Gulliver Mickey" (1934) named "Maisie" (listed in Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times (Harper & Row, 1986)).

The only known possible film appearance of any niece is in 1983's "Mickey's Christmas Carol," where Mickey Mouse, as Bob Cratchit, has a daughter. In this film Morty & Ferdie are said to have played Cratchit's two sons (including one as Tiny Tim), and since Melody seems to be the most consistent name used for any niece attributed to Minnie, it is quite probably that it was Melody who played the role of Bob Crachit's daughter.

Millie & Melody both appear in Minnie's Bow-Toons on Disney Junior, and are voiced by Avalon Robbins.

However, in USA comics the naming is not nearly consistent enough to form a concrete character profile. The only fact that is really stable is that Minnie definitely has twin nieces.

Perhaps the first actual appearance of either Melody or any other niece of Minnie's is from "Walt Disney's Comics and Stories" #87 where a much younger niece appears.

Mortimer Mouse[edit]

Mortimer Mouse is Minnie's uncle from whom she inherits an estate. He is a rancher and first appears in the Mickey Mouse comic strip story line "Mickey Mouse in Death Valley" (1930). After that, he appears in several other Mickey Mouse comic strip adventures in the 1930s. He has occasionally appeared in more modern comics..

Minnie's other nieces[edit]

Minnie Mouse has a variety of nieces besides Millie and Melody.

  • Lily and Tiny Mouse (twins)
  • Pammy and Tammy Mouse (twins)
  • Zizi Mouse (a Brazilian or Italian name for one of Minnie's nieces)

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