Mickey Mouse has entered public domain and my childhood is already ruined

Mickey Mouse
(Image credit: Disney)

At last, Mickey Mouse has been freed into the public domain and in less than 48 hours we've seen nothing but chaos from the internet. From slasher flicks to video games, the online world has welcomed (a very specific version of) the mouse with a mix of delightful absurdity and surprising creativity – one thing's for certain, you'll never look at Mickey the same.

Appearing in the 1928 animation 'Steamboat Willie', Disney's first rendition of the famous mouse is one of the most iconic character designs of all time – and this original design has finally entered the public domain with the US copyright expiring after 95 years. It'll be interesting to see how the original Mickey will be transformed in future creations, although currently, it's looking a little terrifying. With such an iconic retro art style at our fingertips, I'm hoping to see more than just some cheap childhood-ruining content. 

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Natalie Fear
Staff Writer

Natalie is Creative Bloq's staff writer. With an eye for trending topics and a passion for internet culture, she brings you the latest in art and design news. A recent English Literature graduate, Natalie enjoys covering the lighter side of the news and brings a fresh and fun take to her articles. Outside of work (if she’s not glued to her phone), she loves all things music and enjoys singing sweet folky tunes.