BURBANK, California, November 18 /PRNewswire/ -- - Michael D. Eisner to Kick-off the Festivities at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida Today to Honor Mickey and Celebrate the Future of the World's Most Famous Mouse
Ever since Mickey Mouse debuted in the first synchronized sound cartoon, "Steamboat Willie," on November 18, 1928, he has remained one of the most beloved and enduring characters while also presiding as the face of The Walt Disney Company around the globe. Today, the company honored Mickey Mouse's 75th Anniversary by kicking off 18 months of celebration beginning at Walt Disney World Resort with the unveiling of 75 uniquely designed, 700-pound, 6-foot-tall Mickey statues -- a tribute to Mickey from an impressive group of friends.
"It's a true testament to Walt that he was able to create Mickey Mouse with such depth and personality that, on his 75th Anniversary, Mickey continues to take us on adventures, make us laugh and inspire us," said Eisner, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "Mickey's relevance can even be seen in the diverse array of people who are participating in this statue program -- some have been working with Mickey for years and others are just true fans."
The statue program, appropriately deemed "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations," brings together Disney legends, as well as artists, actors, athletes, performing artists and painters who lent their creative talent or simply creative inspiration to the program that culminated in 75 original statues of Mickey (the complete list of artists and themes follows).
Whether deciding to use Mickey as a canvas or finding fun ways to dress him up, each artist's statue is a genuine work of art. Artists such as Raven, Wyland, David Willardson, Peter and Harrison Ellenshaw, Rosie O'Donnell and MEAR ONE chose to personally paint their Mickey statue. Otherwise, TivoliToo, a Minnesota-based design and sculpting studio, transformed each individual artist's design into the finished Mickey statue. TivoliToo also molded and sculpted each of the polyurethane statues.
After the unveiling, the statues will remain at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom through April 2004 for guests to enjoy. From there, the statues are presently scheduled to visit Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Dallas, Portland, Disneyland, Washington D.C. and New York City. In 2005, Sotheby's Auction House will auction off the statues for charity. All proceeds from the auction will go to the charity chosen by each artist.
The Walt Disney Company was able to bring "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" to fruition with the help of The Coca-Cola Company, the primary tour sponsor. In addition, The Home Depot(R) provided the Disney Color by Behr paint and all the supplies to bring the statues to life. Suddath Relocation Systems will transport the statues to each destination. Kodak will use its EasyShare system to offer digital photographs of tour guests with the statues in each city involved with the tour.
A star of stage, screen and ice, as well as the Chief Host at all of Disney's Parks & Resorts, Mickey has entertained kings and presidents, prime ministers and princes, sports stars, film stars, TV stars and millions of just-plain-folks. He will continue to dazzle and spread his special mouse magic for years to come.
Added Eisner: "No other single character has remained in the limelight like Mickey, no other single character has been at the definitive forefront of a global entertainment company, no other single character has such timeless, ageless appeal or has engaged the hearts of so many. Chances are, if you talk to a 4-year-old or a 70-year-old anywhere in the world, they consider Mickey a special friend."
Just try to get on his calendar! Following is a glimpse of Mickey's schedule for the next 18 months:
Fall/Winter 2003-2004 - Mickey Mouse monthly comic books from Gemstone debuted in October - Mickey's PhilharMagic 3D Movie opened at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort - "Celebrate Mickey: 75 Years of Fun" logo debuts in Disney Channel programming - "Celebrate Mickey: 75 Years of Fun" Disney Visa card member sweepstakes - Nationwide Home Depot workshop for kids to feature Mickey Mouse project - Disney on Ice Presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey (global five year tour) - "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" statues unveiled at Walt Disney World. The statues will remain on display at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for six months. - Mickey Mouse Statue Supersite launches on http://www.disney.com/ - Mickey on the cover of November's Disney Magazine - House of Mouse Marathon and "Music Magic Sweepstakes" on Toon Disney and Disney Channel - Mickey 75th seen on Walt Disney World Christmas TV Special on ABC - Mickey's Letter Time interstitial on Playhouse Disney - Mickey featured on the event car for NASCAR's Daytona 500 Spring/Summer 2004 - "Project Playtime" featuring Mickey Mouse on Playhouse Disney - Walt Disney Treasures "Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Part 2)" DVD release - First day of issue for The Art of Disney United States Postal Service stamp program, featuring Mickey Mouse - Mickey, Donald and Goofy as "The Three Musketeers" characters in summer parade at Walt Disney World - "The Three Musketeers" Direct-to-Video Premiere. The first full-length feature film starring Mickey and Friends - "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" statues tour U.S. cities Fall/Winter 2004-2005 - Walt Disney Treasures "Mickey Mouse in Black and White (Part 2)" DVD launch - Twice Upon a Christmas Direct-to-Video Premiere, featuring Mickey Mouse and the gang in three-dimensional CGI animation for the first time - "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" statues displayed at Disneyland - Mickey 75th exposure in Walt Disney World Christmas TV Special Spring/Summer 2005 - The 75 Mickey Statues are auctioned in New York City for charity - First day of issue for The Art of Disney postage stamp, year two (June 2005)
No matter what he's up to, it's clear that Mickey will continue to spread joy and laughter to the young and young at heart.
"Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" Artist List NAME OF ARTIST NAME OF STATUE NAME OF CHARITY Ben Affleck Home Run Hero The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Andre Agassi Love All Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation(R) Wayne Allwine & I Speak for Mickey and Elizabeth Glaser Russi Taylor Mickey Speaks for Me Pediatric AIDS Foundation Lamberto Alvarex El Mickey Make-A-Wish(R) Foundation Gary Baseman Base Mouse Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Chris Berman & ESPN 25th Anniversary The V Foundation for Dick Vitale Mickey Cancer Research Black Entertainment Mickey in the Park Minority Task Force on Television AIDS, New York Wayne Brady Extended Play Make-A-Wish(R) Foundation Jerry Bruckheimer Slapstick Mouse Ilitch Charities For Children Linda Cohn, Dan ESPN Sports Center Mickey The V Foundation for Patrick & Robin Cancer Research Roberts Jeff Conine Family Tree Joe DiMaggio Children'sHospital Foundation Jamie Lee Curtis The Original Mouse Pad Children Affected by AIDS Foundation Ellen DeGeneres Ellenland Children's Action Network Andreas Deja Fruits of the Mouse Starlight Children's Foundation(R) Disneyland Resort Reflections on Mickey Make-A-Wish(R) Entertainment Foundation Art Dept. Kermit Eisenhut Lone Star Texas Children's Cancer Center Peter Ellenshaw & Mickey's Dream Childrens Hospital of Harrison Ellenshaw Los Angeles Chris Fedun for Let's Party Make-A-Wish(R) Jump5 Foundation Annette Funicello Always My Angel, Mickey National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern Calif. Chapter Andy Garcia Mambo Mickey Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Luis Armand Garcia, Viva Mickey Make-A-Wish(R) George Lopez Foundation James Gandolfini Funny Bones Children Affected by AIDS Foundation Jennifer Garner UndercovEAR Mickey Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Kevin Garnett Believe in your Dreams 4XL - For Excellence in Leadership(R) Christina Grantham Fountain of Fun Boys Hope Girls Hope Bob Guiney Good Catch Starr Commonwealth Tom Hanks Space Mouse James Birrell Neuroblastoma Research Fund Tony Hawk Mouseskateer Tony Hawk Foundation Trey Hoyumpa, Mickey's Shadow Parson's School of Parsons School Design Scholarship Fund of Design Vanessa Hunt, It Was All Started Make-A-Wish(R) The Disney Store By A Mouse Foundation Anita Hurst Mickey Reigns Community Transitional School, Portland, Oregon Janet Jackson Mickey's Nation 1928 A Place Called Home Sir Elton John Music Royalty Elton John AIDS Foundation Ollie Johnston All Aboard! Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation Star Jones Wild for Mickey East Harlem School at Exodus House Thomas Knechtel Patchwork Pal Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta Al Konetzni Back to School Make-A-Wish(R) Foundation Dave Koz Saxophonic Mickey Starlight Children's Foundation(R) Kelly Kozel & Delivery Man Mickey Boys and Girls Clubs Sharon Noh, of America The Coca Cola Company Michelle Kwan Peace & Love Children's Miracle Network(R) Major League National Pastime Mickey Major League Baseball Baseball(R) Charity, Inc. Dennis Larkins, Memories Children's Miracle Kodak Network(R) Lenox Tuxedo Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Susan Lucci All the World's His Stage Little Flower Children's Services of New York Marlee Matlin True Blue Children Affected by AIDS Foundation Brian Matson Field Mouse Chicago Children's Museum Brian McKnight Music Mouse LIFEbeat Syd Mead TRON Mickey Children of the Night Al Michaels & John Madden Monday Night Mickey Make-A-Wish(R) Foundation Kathryn E. Morgan Wonderful World of Mickey ALS Hope Foundation, Philadelphia Tuck Morgan, Mickey Through the Years Make-A-Wish(R) Disney Consumer Foundation Products Ming-Na Mickey and the Nightingale Starlight Children's Foundation(R) Rosie O'Donnell Mickey: In Yellow. Rosie's Broadway Kids MEAR ONE Crazy Style Mickey Reaching to Embrace Arts Shaquille O'Neal Dunk Mouse Real Model Foundation Fess Parker FrontEAR Tales Alzheimer's Association of Santa Barbara Regis Philbin Super Fan Mickey Our Lady of Solace School, Bronx, New York Raven Clouded Conscience American Diabetes Association Cody Reynolds, "I'm going to Make-A-Wish(R) WaltDisney World Disney World" Foundation Anthony Rietta, Tune In Make-A-Wish(R) Radio Disney Foundation Kelly Ripa Big City Mouse Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Doris Roberts Mousetaccioli Children Affected by AIDS Foundation Christy Carlson Ready For Action Children's Miracle Romano Network(R) Breanna Rowlette Lobsta Mickey Boston Arts Academy Elva Salinas, You Can Do It Homer Fund The Home Depot Jeff Spohn, Big Cheese Mickey Otis College of Art and Otis College Design Malcolm Stone, Mickey on the Move Dreams Come True Suddath Relocation Systems John Travolta Jet Setter Hollywood Education and Literacy Project Lori Tyminski, Funny Pages Make-A-Wish(R) Disney Publishing Foundation Kataneh Vahdani, Filmic Mickey California Institute of California Institute the Arts of the Arts Mario Vaiana Rockin' Mickey Newborn Hope, Colorado Paul Wenzel Mickey Celebrates Childrens Hospital Los Our Freedom Angeles Dave Willardson Flying Colors #3 Make-A-Wish(R) Foundation Wyland Undersea Mickey Wyland Foundation Paul Wylie IceskatEAR The Jimmy Fund at Dana- Farber Cancer Institute
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SOURCE The Walt Disney Company