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Old 11-18-2003, 07:00 AM   #1
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Mickey's 75th Celebration: InspEARations

Mickey's 75th Celebration: InspEARations
Mickey Mouse Celebrates 75 Years as Pop Culture Icon, Entertainer & Friend



Michael D. Eisner to Kick-off the Festivities at Walt Disney World© Resort in Florida to Honor Mickey and Celebrate the Future of the World's Most Famous Mouse




BURBANK, Calif. (November 18, 2003) -- 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 (NYSE: DIS) 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.

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® 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.



Mickey's Future

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 and on display for six months around the entire resort

Mickey Mouse Statue Supersite launches on 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.







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"INSPEARATION" BY TITLE & CHARITY

Dave Koz - Saxophonic Mickey- Starlight Children's Foundation ®

Cody Reynolds for Walt Disney World- "I'm Going to Walt Disney World"- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Andreas Deja- Fruits of the Mouse- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Vanessa Hunt for The Disney Store- It Was All Started by a Mouse -Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Tuck Morgan for Disney Consumer Products- Mickey Through the Years- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Trey Hoyumpa for Parsons School of Design- Mickey's Shadow- Parsons School of Design Scholarship Fund

Elva Salinas for The Home Depot- You Can Do It -The Homer Fund

Michelle Kwan- Peace & Love- Children's Miracle Network ®

Anthony Rietta for Radio Disney- Tune In -Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Wyland- Undersea Mickey -Wyland Foundation

Luis Armand Garcia for George Lopez- Viva Mickey -Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Jamie Lee Curtis- The Original Mouse Pad -Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

MEAR ONE- Crazy Style Mickey- Reaching To Embrace Arts

Lori Tyminski for Disney Publishing Worldwide- Funny Pages -Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Paul Wenzel- Mickey Celebrates Our Freedom- Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Regis Philbin -Super Fan Mickey- Our Lady of Solace School, Bronx, New York

John Travolta -Jet Setter -Hollywood Education and Literacy Project

Jerry Bruckheimer- Slapstick Mouse- Ilitch Charities for Children

Ben Affleck- Home Run Hero -The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Lenox -Tuxedo -Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Ollie Johnston -All Aboard! -Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation

David Willardson -Flying Colors #3- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Kelly Kozel & Sharon Noh for The Coca-Cola Company- Delivery Man -Mickey Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Fess Parker -FrontEAR Tales -Alzheimer's Association of Santa Barbara

Marlee Matlin- True Blue- Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

Christy Carlson Romano- Ready for Action -Children's Miracle Network ®

Ellen DeGeneres -Ellenland -Children's Action Network

Annette Funicello -Always My Angel, Mickey- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter

Shaquille O'Neal- Dunk Mouse- Real Model Foundation

Paul Wylie- IceskatEAR -The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Linda Cohn, Dan Patrick & Robin Roberts -ESPN Sports Center Mickey -The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Chris Berman & *beep* Vitale -ESPN 25th Anniversary Mickey -The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Susan Lucci -All the World's His Stage -Little Flower Children's Services of New York

Dennis Larkins for Kodak -Memories- Children's Miracle Network ®

Ming-Na -Mickey and the Nightingale -Starlight Children's Foundation ®

Sir Elton John -Music Royalty- Elton John AIDS Foundation

Wayne Brady -Extended Play- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Raven -Clouded Conscience -American Diabetes Association

Rosie O'Donnell -Mickey: In Yellow.- Rosie's Broadway Kids

Kermit Eisenhut- Lone Star- Texas Children's Cancer Center

Chris Fedun for Jump5- Let's Party- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Al Konetzni- Back to School- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Jeff Conine- Family Tree- Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation

Al Michaels & John Madden- Monday Night Mickey- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Andre Agassi -Love All -Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation ®

Jeff Spohn for Otis College- Big Cheese Mickey- Otis College of Art and Design

Black Entertainment Television- Mickey in the Park- Minority Task Forces on AIDS, New York

Malcom Stone for Suddath Relocation Systems- Mickey on the Move- Dreams Come True

Kathryn E. Morgan -Wonderful World of Mickey- ALS Hope Foundation, Philadelphia

Thomas Knechtel -Patchwork Pal -Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta

Tony Hawk- Mouseskateer- Tony Hawk Foundation

Jennifer Garner -UndercovEAR Mickey- Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

James Gandolfini- Funny Bones- Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

Bob Guiney -Good Catch -Starr Commonwealth

Syd Mead -TRON Mickey -Children of the Night

Brian Matson -Field Mouse -Chicago Children's Museum

Christina Grantham- Fountain of Fun- Boys Hope Girls Hope

Peter Ellenshaw & Harrison Ellenshaw- Mickey's Dream- Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Breanna Rowlette -Lobsta Mickey- Boston Arts Academy

Anita Hurst -Mickey Reigns- Community Transitional School, Portland, Oregon

Mario Vaiana -Rockin' Mickey- Newborn Hope, Colorado

Star Jones -Wild for Mickey- East Harlem School at Exodus House

Disneyland Resort Entertainment Art Department- Reflections on Mickey- Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Kataneh Vahdani for California Institute of the Arts -Filmic Mickey -California Institute of the Arts

Gary Baseman -Base Mouse -Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Lamberto Alvarez- El Mickey -Make-A-Wish ® Foundation

Andy Garcia -Mambo Mickey -Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Kevin Garnett -Believe in Your Dreams- 4XL-For Excellence in Leadership ®

Kelly Ripa- Big City Mouse -Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Major League Baseball ®- National Pastime Mickey- Major League Baseball Charity, Inc.

Janet Jackson -Mickey's Nation 1928 -A Place Called Home

Doris Roberts -Moustaccioli -Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

Brian McKnight- Music Mouse -LIFEbeat

Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor- I Speak for Mickey and Mickey Speaks for Me- Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Tom Hanks -Space Mouse- James Birrell Neuroblastoma Research Fund
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Old 11-18-2003, 09:15 AM   #2
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Talking Thanks!

I heard about the event kicking off today but you have provided a great amount of info on it.

I'm hoping others will share who are there today, what they think about the statues.

I'm not finding the supersite on Disney's website about this event. I hope someone can steer me in the right direction to it. TIA.
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Old 11-18-2003, 09:25 AM   #3
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Re: Mickey's 75th Celebration: InspEARations

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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.


Spring/Summer 2005

The 75 Mickey Statues are auctioned in New York City for charity


Thanks for the info. I have wanted more infor and this great. One thing doesn't make sense though. Disney is claiming an 18 month US Tour which would than end in Oct 05 and the CM told me they are not counting Disneyland as part of the tour. So something is off in this timing. Now if only they would post a full tour schedule.

If the CM is right, the statues are being spread thoughout all of WDW, she was specific to say it included resorts, parks and waterparks. Seeing them all on-site is sounding pretty impossible.

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Re: Re: Mickey's 75th Celebration: InspEARations

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Disney is claiming an 18 month US Tour which would than end in Oct 05 and the CM told me they are not counting Disneyland as part of the tour. So something is off in this timing. Now if only they would post a full tour schedule.
I'm reading that in 2005, Disneyland is going to have their 50th anniversary, and that it would be the last stop of the statue tour, to coincide with the whole celebration.
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