megsck wrote:It was Ub Iwerks, Disney admits it, its not really a mystery. He drew the character and Walt made the personality. He tried cute drawings of several animals before he found mickey based on some other guys drawings of mice, and he pretty much has oswalds body because Walt was probably still a bit miffed about loosing that character to universal. I'm an animator, so i've learned a bunch from school as well as just personal interest, even though im still a bigger warner fan than a disney fan ;) go bugs!
Mickey's design also fell into the style that was being used back in those early days of really simple silhouettes and shapes with very basic musculature, due to the animation process being so new and relatively immature. He's pretty close to Felix the Cat, who debuted a good nine years prior in 1919, as well as Bosko and Bimbo, both of whom were created very shortly after Mickey. What really set him apart from the rest was, as you mentioned, the personality that Walt gave him. Without that to engage the audiences, he could've easily fallen to the wayside along with so many of early animation's characters.