When we were kids, one of our favorite things to do was watch our favorite cartoon, Mickey and Minnie, while eating tasty snacks. If you’re a Disney fan, you may already agree that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were probably the best things to happen to a child in the 1990s. From movies to TV to merchandise, the pair ran many kids’ lives.
The kids loved Mickey and Minnie so much that they all wished they could be just like them. For example, every kid wanted to be like Mickey Mouse and his friends Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, Daisy, and Pluto. After all, they accomplished some of the most incredible things that any child would want to do. They had fun together, played games, and even pushed each other to go after their dreams.
How quickly things have changed. People no longer watch cartoons. Instead, they use their phones and surf the web. Today, the internet has brought back one of your favorite childhood memories by asking, “Are Mickey and Minnie twins?”
Mickey and Minnie’s Debut
When Steam Boat Willie came out on November 18, 1928, it was Mickey and Minnie’s first movie. Steamboat Willie was the first Disney movie with synchronized sound and the first cartoon with a full soundtrack that was made after the movie was made.
The Sound of Mickey and Minnie
Minnie and Mickey were both voiced by a lot of different people over the years (7 for Minnie and 14 for Mickey, respectively), but the first person to give them their voices was Walt Disney himself! You’re right! Walt was the first person to voice both of them.
After Walt, Russel “Russi” Taylor’s voice for Minnie may be the most well-known. Minnie’s voice was first done by Russi Taylor in 1986, and she did it for 33 years.
Wayne Anthony Allwine did Mickey’s voice for the third time, and he did it for 32 years. And what was going on in 1991? Wayne Allwine took Russi Taylor as his wife. Yes, the person who did the voice of Mickey Mouse married the person who did the voice of Minnie Mouse.
Mickey and Minnie’s First Names
Mickey and Minnie didn’t always have the names, Mickey and Minnie. Mortimer Mouse was Mickey’s real name before he became famous. Walt was going to name him Mortimer, but his wife, Lillian Disney, told him that was too sad. Mortimer ended up being Mickey’s rival, which is funny!
Minerva Mouse is her full name. Even though there is no official proof of this and it isn’t used very often, it was mentioned in the 1942 comic strip “The Gleam.” She is also called Princess Minnie and Maestro Minnie. In the shorts that made up Maestro Minnie, Minnie led living musical instruments.
Mickey and Minnie Look Like Twins
First, they are both mice, and yes, they do look the same. Besides that, they both have the last name “Mouse.”
But no. Mickey and Minnie are not twins, that’s for sure. They are not related at all by blood, but Minnie has twin nieces! Minnie Mouse’s twin nieces, Millie and Melody Mouse are shown in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Mickey and Minnie: Married?
Well, hot dog (as Mickey Mouse would say), Mickey and Minnie ARE married! Mickey and Minnie are a married couple, yes. We know this because Walt Disney said so in an interview in 1933! In an interview that was published in an issue of Film Pictorial, he said:
“Mickey is married to Minnie in real life. A lot of people have asked him this because, in his movies, he sometimes looks like he is married to her and sometimes like he is still courting her. What it comes down to is that Minnie is his leading lady on the screen.
If the story needs a romantic courtship, Minnie is the girl. If the story needs a married couple, they look like a man and a woman. We all agreed in the studio that they are already married.”
From another interview with Walt, we also know that the two characters were never married on-screen. This makes me wonder if they are really married or if they are twins, which we’ll talk about next.
In 1929, Mickey used the word “girlfriend” for the first time in a song. He sang, “Got a sweetie, she’s my little Minnie Mouse.” So, we now know that Mickey and Minnie have always been more than just a couple who like each other.
So, there you go. Now you can tell your friends or set the record straight on social media about how Mickey and Minnie really feel about each other. Some of our other favorite Mickey Mouse quotes can be found here.
Want more fun Disney stuff? Check out our list of interesting facts about Mickey and Minnie. Or find out everything you need to know about the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White, like what their original names were, or who all the Disney Princesses are!
Mickey and Minnie Are a Married Couple
Walt Disney says that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are married and happy. The way their relationship is shown on screen, though, is different.
Even though your favorite characters are always shown as loving husband and wife or as a couple dating, they are always married behind the scenes.
In 1933, Walt gave this answer in an interview with Film Pictorial magazine:
“Mickey Mouse is married to Minnie Mouse in real life. In reality, it means that Minnie is his on-screen girlfriend. Even if the episode is just about how they fell in love, Minnie is still a girl and Mickey’s love. And if the story calls for them to be married, they look like a cute husband and wife. Behind the scenes, the two people are still married.
If you’re still not sure if Mickey and Minnie are brothers and sisters, we hope we’ve answered your question.