Mutant French Mickey Mouse

Dinosaurs and Robots guest blogger Robyn Miller (who created the Myst series of computer games with his brother, Rand), discovered this 1930s ad for Mickey Mouse tucked into a book in Paris.

This French Mickey seems to be flaunting the extra digit lacking in his US relative. Link


  1. Not only does Le Mickée have the extra digits, but he seems to have fuzzy ears. Très particulier!

  2. Ah, Disney is of French descent (and the family came to the US via Canada, of all things!) Disney is from the French “d’Isigny” (d’Isigny-land???) Perhaps this mouse is a distant relative who was left behind (for obvious reasons)?

  3. Perhaps this is really Mickey Mouse’s francophone cousin, Michel Mouse?

  4. “Mickey Rodent” must’ve been his cousin – the opening page had a comment on those furshlugginer three-fingered gloves the Stateside Disneyacs hadda wear.

  5. I like how Mickey is the direct object of the sentence. Loosely translated (high school French was a long time ago) — The Little Parisian presents the illustrated adventures of (illustration of Mickey) for the enjoyment of children… and old people.

  6. An excellent opportunity to observe natural selection at work! Which variety of Mickey (four- or five-fingered) will survive to reproduce in greater numbers? I eagerly await the results…

    Except of course that Mickeys live for at least 80 years before becoming sexually mature (thanks, in part, to the Sonny Bono gene carried by the primary Mickey bloodline).

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