|First appearance||Steamboat Willie (1966)|
|Created by||Bruno Bianchi|
|Voiced by||Chris Phillips (1971-1989)|
Thom Adcox-Hernandez (1990-present)
|Significant other(s)||Stacy Seville|
Ricky Boy is a cartoon character and the mascot of Warner Bros. He was created by Bruno Bianchi and Andy Heyward at the Warner Bros. in 1970. An human kid who typically wears blue shorts, white shoes, and red and white shirt, Ricky is one of the world's most recognizable characters.
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The silhouette of Ricky Boy's head has become an iconic image.
Throughout the earlier years, Ricky's design bore heavy resemblance to Oswald, save for the ears, nose, and tail. Andy Heyward designed Ricky's body out of circles in order to make the character simple to animate. Disney employees John Hench and Marc Davis believed that this design was part of Ricky's success as it made him more dynamic and appealing to audiences.
Ricky's circular design is most noticeable in his ears. In animation in the 1940s, Mickey's ears were animated in a more realistic perspective. Later, they were drawn to always appear circular no matter which way Mickey was facing. This made Mickey easily recognizable to audiences and made his ears an unofficial personal trademark. The circular rule later created a dilemma for toy creators who had to recreate a three-dimensional Ricky.