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Long before Pixar, before Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Spider-Man, Superman, The Beano or The Dandy, there was a mouse called Mickey. He is possibly the best-known character ever to have come out of Hollywood. There is hardly a child or an adult in the developed who would not recognise Mickey Mouse from just a silhouette of two round ears protruding from the top of a round, hairless head.
Renaissance statues, Surrealism, high-class hookers... these days, there is little that surprises as the purported inspiration behind a catwalk collection. But it still takes a lot of imagination to transform cartoon rodents into muses. Nevertheless, the flamboyant US designer Jeremy Scott did just that with a Mickey Mouse-inspired show at Paris Fashion Week, which drew to a close on Thursday.
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Ollie Johnston was the last surviving member of the legendary group of animators dubbed "the Nine Old Men" who worked at the pioneering Walt Disney studios from the mid-Thirties. He graduated from animating Mickey Mouse shorts to work on such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Bambi, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.
Appropriately or not, David Beckham's 100th cap will be achieved here in the northern suburb of St Denis, home of the Stade de France, and not up the road in Disneyland. This is just a little sad for Mickey Mouse, who may have fancied a run-out himself on seeing the morning headline most rooted in the life-enhancing fantasies of old Walt.
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