In American culture, Southern California represents the ne plus ultra of the idyllic lifestyle. The sense of boundless optimism attached to SoCal makes life seem like a permanent mix of an early Beach Boys song and a citrus fruit themed soft drink commercial, where everything is beaches, palm trees, and suntanned surfers. But that didn’t just happen by accident.
Before Disneyland opened in 1955, the place now known as the living embodiment of the American Dream was mostly a rural farming area full of orange and walnut trees. Pretty to look at, sure, but sacks of fruit in the back of an old pickup truck never had the same ring as the happiest place on Earth. Obviously, there would have been no movie studios, no fans clamoring for a place to visit, and no idea for a theme park to bring it all to life. Southern California as the Promised Land was an idea that had to be cultivated, and built from the ground up, and the heavy lifting was all done by the world’s most famous cartoon mouse.
With the 90th anniversary of Steamboat Willie, the cartoon short film featuring Mickey Mouse’s first appearance, approaching, Vans and Disney present another crop of designs celebrating the world’s most beloved mouse, with Mickey’s perennially iconic status serves as the focal point of the new collection.
Nine decades of images and moments, from Plane Crazy, the silent film test screening debut of Mickey, to unforgettable classics like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the Mickey Mouse Club, to contemporary expressions of Mickey’s enduring popularity are rendered across a range of footwear, apparel and accessories. With the vivid backdrop of Vans’ patterns and bold sense of design, the Vans x Disney celebration of Mickey’s 90th anniversary offers a fitting, colorful and varied tribute to 90 years of Mickey Mouse.
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