It All Started With A . . .

Walt Disney (you know, our main man) once said, “I hope we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.” We never thought about this before, but what mouse was Walt actually talking about? Hate to play devil’s advocate and all . . . but there are a heck of a lot of mice in the Disney universe. So, who’s game for a little hypothesizing? Don’t all raise your hands at once.

 

It all started with a… Timothy Q.

Timothy Q. Mouse Dumbo
He’s one of the earliest mice in Disney history, which could make him a very likely candidate for “the mouse” honor. But, when you work with (and for) peanuts, it’s a little tough to own the “big cheese” honor.

 

It all started with a… Gus and Jaq

Gus and Jacques Cinderella
Cindy’s biggest, little helpers deserve kudos for sure. But the quote is “it all started with a mouse” not “mice.” So it’s a no-go for this dynamic, diminutive duo.

 

It all started with a… Mouse in a Cameo Role
Scar and Mouse from The Lion King
Score a win for getting away from the big bad guy without getting eaten. But, with approximately 46 seconds of screen time, this “mouse who shall not be named” barely squeaks out (heyoooo!) an acting credit, let alone top mouse honors.

 

It all started with a… Rescuer

Bianca and Bernard The Rescuers
These two are just THE best. Donating the world’s largest diamond to a museum… helping an orphan girl find new parents… being part of an entire underground aid society inside the United Nations!?! Nobel peace prize worthy for sure, but we’re not sure these two can share “the mouse” honors.

 

It all started with a… Rat (Rizzo that Is)

Rizzo the Rat The Muppets
With a personality larger than Sweetums is, Rizzo would probably like us to believe that everything starts and ends with him. But, something tells us Walt had someone a little more animated in mind.

 

It all started with a… Rat-tatouille

Remy from Ratatouille
Remy’s got the whole rat thing going against him too, but this small fry deserves big props for his palate. Point for our small-scale sous chef, but not enough for the win.

 

It all started with a… Rat-igan

Ratigan
Rounding out our rat candidates is the most vile vermin of the bunch. Sorry Professor, bad guys are automatically DQ’d. Take it up with the Fairy Godmother, m‘kay.

 

It all started with a… Rhino

Rhino Bolt
Looks like a mouse, is actually hamster. -Insert incorrect buzzer sound here-

 

It all started with a… Dormouse
Doormouse Alice in Wonderland

Fits the bill from a species perspective, but this guy is wearing a teapot top on his head. So….

 

It all started with a… Monterey Jack

Rescue Rangers
Paging 1989! Monterey Jack, or Monty to close friends (and Chi-Chi-Chi-Chip & Dale), has that whole irresistible Australian accent thing going for him. However, his slight enormous obsession with cheese leaves Monty a bit . . . unfocused.

 

It all started with a… Mickey Mouse!

Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse
Ding, ding, ding – we have a winner! It’s that funny guy, loyal friend, and romantic-at-heart Mickey Mouse. Part time mischief-maker, full-time corporate mascot, we wouldn’t be anywhere without this “Oh, boy!” little boy. Thanks to Mickey and the real “big cheese,” Walt Disney, for always keeping us young at heart.

 

P.S. Bonus points to anyone who counted all our puns in this article. We lost track, but we do love them so.

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