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MICKEY_050316_030.JPG: BOB GUINEY is one of television's most recognized celebrities thanks to ABC's hit, The Bachelorette. Bob is no stranger to the spotlight, for as a student at Michigan State University in 1993 he founded a band, called Bob Guiney. After successful albums and tours, the band and Bob decided to take a hiatus in 1999. (A new album, 3 Sides, was released in 2003.) In 2001, two of Bob's mortgage company assistants signed him up for The Bachelorette. Although Bob didn't win Trista's heart, he won the hearts of people everywhere. After numerous appearances on Oprah, ABC announced Bob Guiney as the star of the new 2003 series of The Bachelor.
The catch of the dating season, Bob Guiney, shows his love of Mickey, Michigan and baseball with his statue, "Good Catch," featuring Mickey in a Detroit Tigers® uniform. BOB GUINEY is one of television's most recognized celebrities thanks to ABC's hit, The Bachelorette. Bob is no stranger to the spotlight, for as a student at Michigan State University in 1993 he founded a band, called Bob Guiney. After successful albums and tours, the band and Bob decided to take a hiatus in 1999. (A new album, 3 Sides, was released in 2003.) In 2001, two of Bob's mortgage company assistants signed him up for The Bachelorette. Although Bob didn't win Trista's heart, he won the hearts of people everywhere. After numerous appearances on Oprah, ABC announced Bob Guiney as the star of the new 2003 series of The Bachelor.
The catch of the dating season, Bob Guiney, shows his love of Mickey, Michigan and baseball with his statue, "Good Catch," featuring Mickey in a Detroit Tigers® uniform.
MICKEY_050316_055.JPG: LINDA COHN, SportsCenter anchor, whose straightforward style and natural humor create an easy rapport with viewers, regularly anchors the 1 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, the network's flagship news and information program. Cohn also provides on-site reports from the Men's Final Four for SportsCenter and weekly Extra Point commentaries on ESPN Radio. Becoming the first full-time female sports anchor on a national radio network (ABC) in 1987, Cohn joined ESPN in 1992 where she quickly displayed her versatility hosting a variety of assignments including ESPN's Baseball Tonight and National Hockey Night, ESPN2's NHL 2Night and RPM 2Night and SportsCenter's NBA All-Star Game. From 1999 to 2002, Cohn's column Linda Cohn's Hotline was regularly featured in ESPN The Magazine's Life Section. Today, Linda continues to successfully balance working for a 24-hour sports network with spending quality time with her husband and two children.
DAN PATRICK, is known for his poignant interviews, dry wit, astute knowledge, and unique perspective. In addition to his role as an ESPN anchor/reporter on ESPN's SportsCenter, Patrick reports from major events including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and Final Four. He also hosts The Dan Patrick Radio Show on ESPN Radio, and ESPN SportsCentury, a 30-minute, weekly series profiling the 50 greatest North American athletes of the 20th century. For ESPN The Magazine, Dan authors "Outtakes," a popular page featuring interviews with major sports figures which was published as a book in May, 2000. Patrick was named as the 2000 National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Other awards include a 1998 Sports Emmy Award in the Studio Host category, a 1997 CableACE Award, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dayton in Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting.
ROBIN ROBERTS has been the anchor and reporter for ESPN since 1990 and her assignments have included hosting SportsCenter, contributing to NFL Primetime and providing reports and interviews from some of the world's biggest events including the Olympics and Wimbledon. She also serves as a play-by-play commentator and host for WNBA games and NCAA Women's basketball. A dedicated supporter of women in sports and communications, Robin has won many prestigious awards and honors for her work including the Women's Sports Foundation 2001 Presidents Award, the 1998 media award from the New England Women's Fund, and a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Television Award of Merit in 1990 as the best woman sports commentator on television. In January 1991, Robin was appointed to the Women's Sports Foundation Advisory Board. In 1994, she was inducted to the Women's Institute on Sport and Education Foundation's Hall of Fame.
SportsCenter is ESPN's premier show, the program that the 24-hour sports network was built around. Still the centerpiece of the network, SportsCenter went far beyond television sports' customary three minutes of highlights on the local news. SportsCenter has become destination viewing for millions of sports fans, while re-defining TV sports. SportsCenter premiered on September 7, 1979 and its alumni include Greg Gumbel, Craig Kilborn and Keith Olbermann. ESPN's flagship show became the first program in television history to celebrate its 25,000th live show on August 25, 2002. One of the most watched shows on cable, SportsCenter is synonymous with quality sports news and information.
MICKEY_050316_089.JPG: OLLIE JOHNSTON is one of the legendary animators known as Walt Disney's Nine Old Men. From the late 1930s through his retirement four decades later, Ollie brought to life such unforgettable Disney characters as Pinocchio, Bambi and Thumper, Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Smee and Baloo the Bear. Together with fellow animator Frank Thomas, Ollie has written four authoritative books, including the definitive study, Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life. Profiled in the 1995 documentary Frank and Ollie, Ollie was named a Disney Legend in 1989.
MICKEY_050316_112.JPG: TUCK (JAMES) MORGAN, a Disney character artist for over 18 years, has contributed his considerable talents to a wide variety of products and major Disney initiatives including the interior and exterior façade of the first Disney Store, style guides for dozens of Disney film merchandise initiatives, character merchandise for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort®, sculptures for Walt Disney Classics Collection and preliminary concepts for ToonTown at Disneyland. Tuck's work has ranged from the tiny Disney Babies to the 60-foot giant inflatables for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tuck, who grew up in Kansas and studied at University of Kansas in Lawrence, has been drawing, "since he could write," and his quiet unassuming talent has touched the lives of thousands of children through the products his imagination and creativity have brought to life.
The original Mickey, as seen in 1928's cartoon, "Steamboat Willie" is juxtaposed against the image of the current, modern style of Mickey in Tuck's "Mickey Through the Years."
MICKEY_050316_117.JPG: MING-NA (her name means "enlightenment") first garnered attention as June in the film version of Amy Tan's best-selling novel "The Joy Luck Club." Born in Macau, Ming-Na moved with her family to the U.S. when she was four years old. Graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in theater, she was given the first contract role in daytime television history for an Asian actor on As The World Turns. She was the female lead opposite Jean Claude Van Damme in the international hit Street Fighter (1994) and starred on the first season of TV's smash hit E.R. For Disney, Ming-Na was the voice of the title character in Mulan (1998).
Ming-Na celebrates her Asian heritage with "Mickey and the Nightingale."
MICKEY_050316_127.JPG: A decade later, I found this Mickey in Sacramento, CA at the California Museum.
MICKEY_050316_208.JPG: PAUL WYLIE, a 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist, participated in all levels of International Skating Union Championships, two Olympic Winter Games and numerous professional championships and tours. He was co-chair of the Summit 2002 and will be the co-chair of the Summit 2006 programs for the U.S. Olympic Committee. He has been a commentator for CBS, NBC, FOX, TNT and ESPN, as well as a columnist for Newsweek and USA Today. Paul is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Business School. He was Director of Marketing and Synergy for the Walt Disney Studios from 2001 to 2003.
Paul designed his statue to reflect an award winning, U.S.A. ice skating costume in "IceskatEAR."
MICKEY_050316_213.JPG: CHRISTY CARLSON ROMANO has spent most of her life performing, including extensive theatrical work. In 2002, she became the first actress to star in three Disney Channel Projects-a live-action series (Even Stevens), an original movie (Cadet Kelly) and an animated series (Disney's Kim Possible). In her limited spare time, this teenage, straight "A" student enjoys dancing, singing, swimming, gymnastics, bike riding, tennis, basketball, softball, soccer, ice-skating, and roller-blading. Christy's future goals are to study opera at Julliard and to someday play the role of Juliet.
MICKEY_050316_222.JPG: JOHN TRAVOLTA first pursued an acting career after high school, appearing in over forty commercials and many stage shows. John's first major role came in 1975 on the TV hit Welcome Back Kotter. At nearly the same time, John starred in the TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Later that same year, he became a movie star with his Academy Award-nominated role in Saturday Night Fever. John's other movies include Grease (1978), Blow Out (1982), Pulp Fiction (1994), Get Shorty (1995) and Swordfish (2001). Upcoming projects include Disney's Ladder 49.
John's love of aviation is more than apparent with the airplane-themed statue, "Jet Setter."
MICKEY_050316_237.JPG: JAMES GANDOLFINI has made his mark in the HBO series The Sopranos. For his portrayal of the series lead, Tony Soprano, he won the 2000 and 2001 Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. James' recent film credits include The Mexican (2001), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) and The Last Castle (2001). He began his acting career in New York theatre and made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange. He lives in New York City.
James, along with help from his son, pays tribute to Halloween with "Funny Bones," which features Mickey donning a skeleton costume.
MICKEY_050316_238.JPG: REGIS PHILBIN is the host of Buena Vista Television's Live With Regis and Kelly. A television icon and broadcasting veteran for more than 40 years, Regis spawned his trademark style of "host chat" with his first talk show, The Regis Philbin Show. In 1983, he created New York's The Morning Show in which he was joined by Kathie Lee Gifford in 1985. The show was renamed Live With Regis & Kathie Lee when it became nationally syndicated in 1988. In 1999, Regis started hosting the highest-rated prime-time game show in history, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. In 2001, Regis Philbin won Emmy® Awards as Outstanding Game Show Host and Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Regis' love for Notre Dame's Fighting Irish is proudly displayed in the green-, gold- and navy-colored "Super Fan Mickey."
MICKEY_050316_246.JPG: MALCOLM STONE is the Director of Corporate Marketing for The Suddath Companies, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. He is responsible for marketing, branding and public relations for this leading global corporate relocation and transportation-related services firm. Malcolm has 15 years of experience in the field of marketing, having worked for a large telecommunications firm and two business software firms. He grew up in the Jacksonville Beaches area and loves the Florida lifestyle and climate. "Mickey Mouse inspires me due to the strong values he represents," says Malcolm. "From 'doing the right thing' to 'representing anything positive,' these values are applicable to people of all ages."
MICKEY_050316_249.JPG: KEVIN GARNETT plays basketball for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The first player in 20 years to make the jump from high school to the National Basketball Association in 1995, Kevin has regularly led his team to the playoffs. In 1997, at age 20, he became the youngest player since Earvin "Magic" Johnson to play in an NBA All-Star Game. Nicknamed "Da Kid" by fans, the non-smoking, non-drinking, good sport has long been regarded as an excellent role model. Though the 6-foot, 11-inch player signed the richest contract in NBA history, Kevin still takes time to sign autographs and greet his fans.
Timberwolves uniform is a trademark of The National Basketball Association and its affiliates.
MICKEY_050316_256.JPG: DORIS ROBERTS has distinguished herself with roles on stage, in films and on television. She starred on Broadway in many productions including Bad Habits, for which she won the Outer Critics Circle Award. Doris' nearly 30 feature-film credits include The Rose (1979), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, and All Over the Guy (2001). Nominated for nine Emmy® Awards, she won the 2001, 2002 and 2003 Emmy® Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Everybody Loves Raymond. She also won an Emmy® Award for a guest-starring role in St. Elsewhere and was nominated for an Emmy for her supporting role in Remington Steele. Doris' memoir, Are You Hungry, Dear? was published in 2003.
Proving that anything can be a canvas for the perfect meal, Doris' statue, "Moustaccioli," has all the ingredients for a delicious Italian dinner.
MICKEY_050316_265.JPG: TONY HAWK was the best skateboarder in the world by the time he was 16. He has entered an estimated 103 pro contests, winning 73 of them, and placing second in 19. In 1999 Activision and Tony created the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game for PlayStation, which has become one of the best-selling video-game franchises of all time, with a fifth version due out in late 2003. His best-selling autobiography, HAWK-Occupation: Skateboarder is currently available in paperback. He created Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour for ESPN, which is second only to the X-Games in viewership, and founded the Tony Hawk Foundation, designed to help finance public skateparks in low-income areas.
Tony showcases his passion for skateboarding with "Mouseskateer," depicting Mickey as a fellow enthusiast, complete with a board and helmet.
MICKEY_050316_271.JPG: JEFF SPOHN, a senior majoring in graphic design at Otis College of Art and Design, grew up in Olympia, Washington, where he developed an interest in art and graphic design while in junior high. Among his achievements, Jeff counts two Grand Prizes in statewide Lego-building contests and a video piece entitled UNTITLED, which was selected for inclusion in the 2002 LA FREEWAVES ART SHOW. Jeff is delighted to have his entry chosen to represent Otis College. "I've always loved Disneyland and Mickey, so I'm especially excited to know that this design will be seen in the parks," he says. "It's a great feeling to be part of that."
MICKEY_050316_277.JPG: ROSIE O'DONNELL is a multi-talented actress, comedienne and talk show host. Starting out on the comedy club circuit, Rosie made the move to television-including a four-year gig as host of VH-1's popular Stand-Up Spotlight-and then moved to movies in A League of Their Own (1992), followed by other films, including Sleepless in Seattle (1993). In 1995, The Rosie O'Donnell Show premiered and quickly became one of the most popular in daytime television, and Rosie was hailed as the "Queen of Nice" due to her down-to-earth sense of humor. In 2002, Rosie O'Donnell left her talk show in order to spend more time on her nonprofit organization, Rosie Adoptions.
MICKEY_050316_293.JPG: KATHRYN E. MORGAN is a 13-year-old girl from southern New Jersey. Katie is proud to have the opportunity to create a statue for Disney. She has an interest in performing arts and is the winner of a Junior Miss Pageant. A championship basketball and softball player, Katie plays multiple musical instruments. Favorite hobbies include writing and singing original songs, reading, creative writing, and public speaking. After recently becoming Radio Disney's kid reporter, Katie appreciates the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other kids. Radio Disney listeners know her as "Kool Kat" Katie. She now considers radio and other public broadcast as a possible future career.
MICKEY_050316_296.JPG: DAVID WILLARDSON is among the most renowned airbrush artists in America. After graduating from Los Angeles Art Center, David's passion for excellence and his natural creativity led to his creation of internationally known images such as the Raiders of the Los Ark movie logo and the classic American Graffiti car hop. David was commissioned to paint movie posters for Disney's animated features including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King. He has created artwork featuring Disney characters for more than 15 years including originals, limited edition plates and works on paper. Such works as limited edition serigraphs convey the rich color and remarkable detail of David's original artwork.
MICKEY_050316_300.JPG: BREANNA ROWLETTE was deemed Radio Disney AM 1260s Kid Correspondent in March of 2003. This eight-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts wowed the judges by conducting a flawless interview with one of the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters. Quite a "feet" for a 4-foot little girl to take on a six-foot-six basketball player! Since then, Breanna has interviewed pop stars such a Stevie Brock, O-Town and Aaron Carter while rubbing elbows with the director of the Disney movie Holes (2003). She will continue her reign by covering upcoming events and reporting on what she sees through a child's eyes, for Breanna finds a little bit of magic in everything.
MICKEY_050316_358.JPG: ANITA HURST is never without her camera. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration and Photography. Photography has been an impetus to her other art. Anita's newest series of acrylic paintings, Papa show me... will be shown at the Freed Gallery in Portland, Oregon beginning in November 2003. Other showings include: Freed Gallery, 1998-present, and the Sitka Art Invitational in 2000 and 2001. Born and raised in Maryland in a family of nine children, Anita has traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and now lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.
MICKEY_050316_363.JPG: PAUL WENZEL is a Disney artist who created thousands of illustrations for motion picture advertising and merchandising during his 42-year career with The Walt Disney Company. "Discovered" by a Disney animation producer who admired Paul's art displayed in his father's hardware store, he hoped to become an animator. As there was no opening, he instead joined the Motion Picture Advertising group. His film-advertising work includes movie posters for more than 80 films, including the Academy Award-winning Mary Poppins (1964). Paul also created the art for more than a dozen of The Walt Disney Company's official Christmas cards. His portrait of Walt Disney appeared on a 1968 United States postage stamp.
Paul shows his admiration for the American flag through "Mickey Celebrates Our Freedom."
MICKEY_050316_373.JPG: DENNIS LARKINS has a varied design career, which spans movies and television, live entertainment and themed attractions as well as graphics, illustration and fine art. His entertainment industry work has included large-scale outdoor rock and roll concert sets for such major groups as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, and The Eagles, among many others. The next step in his career was theme park design, including various Disney attractions such as nightclubs for Pleasure Island and exhibits for Innoventions. Other examples of Dennis' contribution to popular culture include his work as art director for Warner Bros. Stores and creative producer for Sega GameWorks themed video arcades. He has recently designed a variety of exhibits for Disney and the Eastman Kodak Company.
Kodak will use its EasyShare system to offer digital photographs of tour guests with the statues in each city involved with "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations."
MICKEY_050316_431.JPG: BEN AFFLECK came to prominence at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, when he starred in the comedy Chasing Amy and the coming-of-age tale Going All The Way. He captured an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for his first script, Good Will Hunting, which he co-wrote with Matt Damon. In 1998, Ben segued into big-budget action with Armageddon and was among the ensemble cast of the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love. Ben also starred in Bounce (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002) and Daredevil (2003). He will soon be seen in the science fiction thriller Paycheck and the comedy Surviving Christmas.
Ben Affleck pays tribute to his hometown team, the Boston Red Sox®, with "Home Run Hero" Mickey.
MICKEY_050316_473.JPG: BRIAN MCKNIGHT is the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter and producer who has achieved an unparalleled record of chart success in crafting solid Pop/R&B music. Brian has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, spurred by his album Anytime in 1997, the blockbuster Back At One in 1999, and Superhero in 2001. Brian has also produced, sung or wrote for the likes of Willie Nelson, Kenny G, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey and more, including Take 6, where his brother Claude is a founding member. Brian enjoys scuba and sky diving, and has his own professional basketball team. This modern day Renaissance man released a new album, U Turn, in 2003.
Brian showcases his smooth R&B soul and multiple musical talents in "Music Mouse."
MICKEY_050316_477.JPG: (Chris Fedun) At 17, Chris is the "elder statesman" of Jump5, the teen power-pop sensations, which has released three albums; toured with Radio Disney live!, Aaron Carter, A*Teens and the Baha Men; appeared on CBS, ABC, PAX, and The Disney Channel; and graced the soundtracks of The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Disney's Kim Possible. Chris is a strong student, avid athlete and accomplished performer who plans to study drama and acting after high school graduation. He's quick to say that the most amazing part of his experience with Jump5 is fans' reaction to their music. "I feel so blessed to be a small part of something that can encourage people," he says.
JUMP5 is an energetic quintet consisting of Brandon, Brittany, Chris, Libby and Lesley. In the four years since their official formation as a teen pop group, Jump5 has released three albums, and have appeared on CBS, ABC and Disney Channel. Along the way, these talented teens have relished every opportunity to make a positive impact on peers and even younger fans. Real kids who hang out with friends and do homework, the members of Jump5 are each grounded by family and faith. Frequently heard on Radio Disney, Jump5 recently released a new album entitled Accelerate.
MICKEY_050317_038.JPG: LAMBERTO ALVAREZ, Illustration Director for The Dallas Morning News since 2000 has been associated with that newspaper since 1990. Born in El Paso, Texas, Lamberto has been a visual journalist since 1975. He has worked as an illustrator and photographer at several newspapers, including The San Jose Mercury News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The El Paso Times. Among Lamberto's numerous national awards are a Silver Award from The Society of Newspaper Design, a first place for Illustration Portfolio from the Headliners and awards from the Associated Press, Print Regional Design Annual, and the Associated Press Managing Editors. Lamberto resides in Southlake, Texas with his wife, Elizabeth and their daughter, Veronica. He and his wife operate Solare Design Group, an illustration and design firm.
MICKEY_050317_048.JPG: JERRY BRUCKHEIMER is one of the most successful producers of all time, a filmmaker and now a television mogul who loves telling a story, respects his audiences and delivers a visual feast unmistakably his own. In addition to such action blockbusters as Bad Boys (1995), The Rock (1996) and Armageddon (1998), Jerry produced Disney's Remember the Titans (2000), inspired by the true story of the integration of a Virginia high school football team. Over Memorial Day weekend 2001, Disney opened his eagerly anticipated Pearl Harbor. In 2003, Jerry released three films: Bad Boys II, Veronica Guerin and Disney's hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Jerry Bruckheimer, a Michigan native, scores for the Detroit Red Wings with "Slapstick Mouse," his tribute to his favorite hockey team.
MICKEY_050317_051.JPG: MICHELLE KWAN is a champion figure skater who won the silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. In every competition, Michelle - whose Chinese name is Kwan Wing Shan-wears a gold dragon necklace that her grandma gave her many years ago. At the age of six, she entered her first skating competition and finished first. Michelle skated at the World Figure Skating Championships for the first time in 1994, when she was just 13 years old and finished eighth. Michelle won her first world title in 1996 and went on to win world titles again in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
Michelle uses Mickey Mouse as a canvas to communicate her wish for the world - "Peace and Love."
MICKEY_050317_069.JPG: KERMIT EISENHUT is a Houston artist known for his playful style that includes animal caricatures and palette knife renderings of abstract, realistic and surrealistic subjects. He chooses canvas painting, designs greeting cards, murals, portraits, and paints furniture, plates, and mannequins. Kermit teaches at the Art League of Houston, makes presentations to students during career days, and welcomes clients in his studio on an appointment basis. His bold and colorful paintings grace collectors' walls all over Houston and across Texas.
MICKEY_050317_075.JPG: WAYNE ALLWINE AND RUSSI TAYLOR are voice artists-and a married couple-most famous for their vocal roles as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Wayne was an award-winning sound effects artist at Disney (where his mentor was the legendary Jimmy Macdonald) who started performing the voice of Mickey at the request of the original voice, Walt Disney. Becoming Mickey's official voice in 1977, Wayne met fellow voice artist Russi Taylor-Minnie's official voice since 1985-during the recording of the television special, Disney's Totally Minnie (1988)-the start of a wonderful friendship that led to a wonderful marriage. As the voices of the world's most famous characters, Wayne and Russi have a strong sense of guardianship, but feel that Mickey and Minnie belong to the world...not them.
MICKEY_050317_097.JPG: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL® "It's our game," poet Walt Whitman once wrote. "It has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere." Since 1834 when the first book of instructions for baseball appeared, kids have pitched, fielded and batted on sandlots, parks and empty lots, always dreaming of being good enough to go "to the Major Leagues." In 1876 the National League played its first game. The first American League game was played in 1901, and in 1903, the two leagues battled it out in the first World Series®. From the beginning, Major League Baseball® has represented the "best" of the sport, which occupies a unique place in our national heritage while continuing to grow in popularity worldwide.
Major League Baseball® celebrates the 75th anniversary of the All-Star Game®, to be played in Houston on July 13, 2004, with "National Pastime Mickey."
MICKEY_050317_113.JPG: ELLEN DEGENERES, who after voicing "Dory" in the Disney-Pixar blockbuster Finding Nemo (2003), returned to TV as host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen's groundbreaking legacy began in 1986 during The Tonight Show when she became the first and only woman to be summoned by Johnny Carson to sit down with him after her performance. From 1993 through 1998, she starred in the highly rated ABC television show, Ellen, for which she was nominated for an Emmy® each season. In 1995, her first book My Point…And I Do Have One debuted as No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Ellen's second book, the aptly named The Funny Thing Is…hit stores in 2003.
Ellen pairs her Mickey statue with her Finding Nemo alter ego, "Dory," in "Ellenland."
MICKEY_050317_121.JPG: MARLEE MATLIN made her motion picture debut in Children of a Lesser God for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 21, she was the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar, and the only deaf performer to win an Oscar. On TV, Marlee starred in the 1989 telefilm Bridge to Silence, marking her first speaking role. Marlee was nominated for two Emmy awards for her guest turns on Seinfeld and Picket Fences. In 2000, Marlee received her third Emmy Award nomination for ABC's The Practice and has also starred on the Emmy Award-winning series, The West Wing.
Marlee pays her respects to her heroes, policemen and women across the country in "True Blue."
MICKEY_050317_130.JPG: CHRIS BERMAN for ESPN 25th ANNIVERSARY. Hired by ESPN in October 1979 one month after its inception, Chris Berman, NFL Studio Host, SportsCenter anchor and baseball commentator has become one of America's most respected, popular and beloved sportscasters of his era. Among dozens of prestigious awards, Chris has won the National Sportscaster of the Year six times from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, in addition to eight Emmy® Awards and 12 CableACEs. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Reds Bagnell Award from the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia for "contributions to the game of football." Berman regularly hosted SportsCenter in ESPN's first 11 years, culminating in the network's first SportsCenter Emmy Award in 1990. As ESPN celebrates its 25th anniversary, it seems fitting to link its dedication to entertaining and informing sports fans, and Chris's trademark enthusiasm, knowledge and wit with the good sportsmanship and humor embodied by Mickey Mouse through the years.
DICK VITALE, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season-just after the network's September 1979 launch-following a successful college and pro coaching career. Since then, he's called close to a thousand games, including NBA contests for ESPN during the 1983 and '84 seasons. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate, sometimes controversial style, and his "Vitale-isms" have become household phrases. Dick's talents and influence extend far beyond being a game analysis. He is known as an author, guest commentator and highly sought after motivational speaker. A dedicated philanthropist, Vitale has been the recipient of dozens of awards and honors for his outstanding contribution to athletics and youth, including Magic Johnson's Roundball Classic and the Basketball Hall of Fame's prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award.
ESPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY is a celebration of how ESPN revolutionized television sports with its concept of 24-hour in-depth coverage. The world's first sports network was originally beamed to 1.4 million homes at 7 p.m. on September 7, 1979. By 1983, it became the largest cable network, with 28.5 million homes. ESPN is the No. 1 network-broadcast or cable-among men. In 1987, ESPN premiered Sunday Night Football, which has been the highest rated cable series ever since. ESPN now reaches nearly 80 million homes. Its sister network, ESPN2, reaches nearly 70 million. ESPN has also spawned ESPNews, ESPN Classic, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN: The Magazine.
MICKEY_050317_136.JPG: TOM HANKS is one of today's most admired, respected and popular actors. He received Academy Awards® for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994), becoming the first actor in 50 years to have won back-to-back Oscars®. Tom's first hit was Touchstone's Splash (1984). In 1988, he was a critical success with Big, earning him his first Academy Award® nomination. In addition to starring in such hits as Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Road to Perdition (2002), Tom was the voice of Woody in Disney's Toy Story and its sequel, Disney·Pixar's Toy Story 2.
"Space Mouse" highlights Tom's affinity for the cosmos, as Mickey is styled with all the stars and planets in the galaxy.
MICKEY_050317_138.JPG: MARIO VAIANA lives in the Denver metro area where he attends Arvada West High School. Interested in music, theater, painting and drawing, Mario is an avid Radio Disney Denver fan, and has been a freelance kid caster for the past year and a half. In addition to music, art plays an important role in Mario's life. "I've been painting and drawing ever since I can remember," he says. "I am honored that I was chosen to help Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations, and that my 'Rockin' Mickey' was chosen. I'd like to thank parents, Joe and Clary, my sister, Dayna, and the Radio Disney Denver staff for their support."
MICKEY_050317_148.JPG: These were two of the promoters for the event (one would speak during the kick-off event).
MICKEY_050317_153.JPG: PETER ELLENSHAW and HARRISON ELLENSHAW have been called the first family of movie special effects. Peter is a pioneer in special effects, having started in his native England as an apprentice to master movie illusionist, matte artist Percy "Pop" Day. After painting magnificent mattes for Walt Disney's first all-live action film, Treasure Island (1950), and the other Disney live-action films filmed in England, Peter moved to California to work in Disney special effects full time. He contributed his movie magic to many Disney films, including Mary Poppins (1964), for which Peter won an Academy Award® for Special Visual Effects. His son, Harrison Ellenshaw, is a special effects artist in his own right. Harrison started as a Disney matte artist and went on to such films as Star Wars (1977) and Disney's Tron (1982). Harrison was part of the team that was awarded a Special Achievement Academy Award® for Visual Effects for The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Peter Ellenshaw was named a Disney Legend in 1993.
MICKEY_050317_166.JPG: LUIS FERNANDEZ, is vice president, Global Creative Studio Television, Disney Consumer Products. A native of Mexico City, Luis discovered his passion for art at an early age, beginning his education in Mexico, continuing in Switzerland and the United States. Luis is thrilled to be part of the Mickey statue program since he has always been a huge fan of Mickey. In fact, Luis still likes to show off the miniature Mickey comic books that he has from childhood. Luis' submission of the Circle Vision statue is an example of his talent as a designer, his passion for art, and his feelings for the fun and laughter that Mickey has brought to his life.
A decade later, I found this Mickey in Sacramento, CA at the California Museum.
MICKEY_050317_168.JPG: SHAQUILLE O'NEAL joined the Orlando Magic in 1992, and was named the 1992-1993 NBA Rookie of the year. In 1996, he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. A member of the 1996 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic Basketball Team, "Shaq" was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history that same year. The 7-foot, 1-inch tall athlete whose first and middle names, Shaquille Rashaun, mean "Little Warrior" in the Islamic language, may be intimidating on the court, but his warmth and charisma off-court have earned him an immense following. He has released five rap albums, starred in and made appearances in several films, and owns a record label. O'Neal uses his star status to provide a strong role model for youth. He supports a variety of youth-oriented foundations, including his own apparel business TWisM (The World is Mine), which he began in "hope of creating jobs and keeping kids out of trouble."
The king of the court, Shaq has Mickey joining in on the basketball action in "Dunk Mouse."
MICKEY_050317_176.JPG: KELLY RIPA is co-host of the popular syndicated talk show Live with Regis and Kelly. In her past two years hosting with Regis Philbin, she has received two Daytime Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Kelly recently concluded a 12-year stint on ABC's All My Children, for which she won three Soap Opera Digest Awards, including one for Hottest Romance, which she shared with her real-life husband and co-star Mark Consuelos. She also received three Daytime Emmy® nominations, two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. This TV season, Kelly stars in ABC's new sitcom Hope & Faith.
Kelly and Mickey take on the big apple with the New York City-inspired "Big City Mouse."
MICKEY_050317_205.JPG: ANDY GARCIA, born Andrés Arturo García Menéndez in Cuba, is one of Hollywood's leading actors as well as a director, producer, composer, and musician. Andy has lived in the U.S. since he was a child, but his choice of film projects is indicative of his interest in his Latin American roots and humanitarian issues. In 1997, he starred as the early twentieth-century Spanish poet Federico García Lorca in The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca and as the legendary Cuban musician Arturo Sandoval in HBO's For Love or Country (2000), which he executive produced along with the soundtrack and Emmy®-Award winning score. His many other films include The Untouchables (1987), Stand and Deliver (1988), and The Godfather, Part 3 (for which he received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor in 1990), Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) and Ocean's Eleven (2001).
MICKEY_050317_224.JPG: SUSAN LUCCI has been a fan of television soap operas from childhood, so it is fitting that, from 1970 to the present, she is best known as Erica Kane on ABC's All My Children. Susan also became famous for her string of Daytime Emmy® Award nominations: every year from 1981-93 and 1995-98, she earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her unlucky streak-zero wins out of 18 nominations-was finally broken in 1999 when Susan took home the Emmy. She also appeared on the primetime drama series Dallas and starred in such television movies as Mafia Princess (1986) and Blood on Her Hands (1998).
Susan's distinguished career is recognized through "All The World's His Stage," which pays homage to some of her greatest roles, including Annie from Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun, and Erica Kane from ABC's All My Children.
MICKEY_050317_249.JPG: JOHN MADDEN, legendary NFL broadcaster, is synonymous with NFL football for millions of fans nationwide. John, who has served Monday Night Football for 21 seasons as a game analyst for CBS and Fox, is known for his ability to explain the game's finer points and his unique sense of humor. He has been honored with an unprecedented 13 Outstanding Sports Personality Analyst Emmy® Awards and the American Sportscasters Association Sports Personality of the Year award in 1982 and in 1985. He was the first NFL analyst to receive the Touchdown Club of America's prestigious Golden Mike Award. Prior to joining the broadcasting ranks, John had an outstanding career as head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders. The versatile sportscaster is also the author of several books, four of which were on the New York Times best-seller list.
AL MICHAELS, one of television's most respected journalists, has covered more major sports events than any sportscaster since joining ABC Sports in 1976. He garnered his first Sportscaster of the Year award in 1980 for his memorable calling of the U.S.A. hockey team's successful gold-medal quest at the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. Widely acclaimed for his knowledgeable and insightful reporting in his primary assignment for ABC Sports, and as play-by-play announcer for ABC's NFL Monday Night Football, Al has also earned praise as a journalist. He became the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy® nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series. He has been selected twice (1983 and 1986) as the national Sportscaster of the Year by his peers in the electronic and print media.
MICKEY_050317_253.JPG: BRIAN MATSON is proud to be part of the Marshall Field's team. Working as both a copywriter and later, as an art director in marketing, Brian is part of a longtime legacy of quality represented by Marshall Field's. The world famous department store has its flagship store on Chicago's State Street, "that great street," located in the heart of the Chicago Loop theater district, and is not only a store but also a tourist destination. The second-largest department store in the world, Marshall Field's features ten floors of shopping. With constant innovations in advertising and merchandising, Marshall Field's continues its strong tradition of department store excellence.
MICKEY_050317_262.JPG: MEAR ONE is an acknowledged king of West Coast graffiti. Without art training, Mear found his learning and inspiration in the local comic book shop. He studied classic California/hot rod/surfer/rock and roll culture art. "Graffiti has evolved into a political purpose for me," Mear says. "If there is no dialogue, then the painting has lost it's purpose and only serves those who can afford to mix art and leisure. Instead, I create art that serves the people." In 2003, Disney commissioned Mear to spray-paint a 1930s-style Mickey Mouse comic strip on a Sunset Boulevard building.
MICKEY_050317_275.JPG: JENNIFER GARNER has earned a Golden Globe® Award for best Actress in a Leading Role-Drama Series, and an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Alias. Jennifer recently finished production on 13 Going on 30 and Happy Endings. Her additional film credits include Daredevil (2003), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Pearl Harbor (2001), Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), the independent feature Rennie's Landing, Mr. Magoo (1997), and Washington Square (1997). Her television credits include series regular roles in the dramas Time of Your Life and Significant Others. She guest starred on Spin City, Law & Order and Felicity, and has been featured in the television films Rose Hill, Dead Man's Walk, Zoya and Harvest Fire. Born in Houston and raised in West Virginia, Jennifer enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking in her spare time.
"UndercovEAR Mickey," Jennifer's statue reflects the secret agent theme of her hit television show Alias.
MICKEY_050317_279.JPG: TREY HOYUMPA is an artist, illustrator, web designer, photographer, and graphic designer. An Honors graduate from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in illustration, Trey has a bright painterly style. Describing herself as a "child of the world," she likes to reflect her environment by using bright colors, flowing movements, funny faces, and even festive music. Having designed book covers, posters, CD album art and many other projects, Trey finds inspiration in the cracks and crevices of New York City, in her friends and family, in cultural diversity and in cartoons. "I want to challenge myself and the art world," says Trey, "while making a positive change in society."
MICKEY_050317_311.JPG: FESS PARKER became a cultural icon for his portrayal of frontiersman Davy Crockett in Walt Disney's Emmy® Award-winning television miniseries. Fess was personally selected by Walt to star in the "Crockett" segments of his Disneyland TV series. The shows were a ratings blockbuster and created a national craze that sold $300 million worth of merchandise, including coonskin caps. Fess also starred in Disney films including The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) and Old Yeller (1957) and in the 1960s, he portrayed another coonskin-wearing pioneer in the long-running TV series Daniel Boone. Today, Fess is a successful businessman with Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn and Winery in Santa Barbara, California. He was named a Disney Legend in 1991.
From one Disney legend to another, Fess helps celebrate Mickey's anniversary with "FrontEAR Tales," depicting Mickey in Davy Crokett's famous coonskin cap.
MICKEY_050317_317.JPG: ANDREAS DEJA is considered one of the world's top animators. Born and raised in Germany, Andreas loved Disney animation from childhood. His heroes were legendary Disney animators Marc Davis and Milt Kahl, and Andreas became close friends and colleagues with both artists when he himself became a Disney artist. His first Disney assignment was designing characters for The Black Cauldron (1985). Since then, Andreas has served as supervising animator for such favorite characters as Gaston (Beauty and the Beast, 1991), Jafar (Aladdin, 1992), Scar (The Lion King, 1994), Hercules (Hercules, 1997), Mickey Mouse (Runaway Brain, 1995 and Fantasia/2000, 1999) and Lilo (Lilo & Stitch, 2002).
MICKEY_050317_337.JPG: DISNEYLAND® RESORT began with the Happiest Place on Earth, which welcomed its first guests on July 17, 1955. Disneyland Park was the dream of one man, Walt Disney, who said on opening day, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." In 2001, Disney's California Adventure® Park opened, and Disneyland Park, three Disney Hotels and the adjoining shopping/dining/entertainment area, Downtown Disney® District, became known as the Disneyland Resort. Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Park, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2005, at which time it will welcome the 75 InspEARations tour as its final official destination.
MICKEY_050317_342.JPG: THOMAS J. KNECHTEL was born in St. Louis, Missouri and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis. An avid and prolific painter, his large, colorful abstract works can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Midwest and Southeast. In addition, Thomas has established his credentials as an award-winning graphic designer and creative director, having developed successful campaigns for advertising and marketing agencies in New York City, St. Louis and Atlanta. Currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Thomas continues to paint and pursue other creative endeavors.
Mickey is a composite of all the colors of the rainbow in "Patchwork Pal," Thomas' design.
MICKEY_050317_362.JPG: ELVA SALINAS is a graphic designer for The Home Depot. A first-generation Mexican-American and the first from both sides of her family to attend college, Elva attended the University of Texas at Austin and then transferred to a small, private college in St. Paul, Minnesota where she obtained her BFA in Visual Arts. After graduation, Elva worked as production graphic designer. She married a "wonderful, supportive man, had a baby and began to take many, many pictures." A friend introduced Elva to scrapbooking, an art in which she found she could combine her photography and illustrations. Elva recently launched her website elvasalinas.com where she sells her whimsical line of stickers and postcards.
The Home Depot® provided the Disney Color by Behr paint and all the supplies to bring the "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" statues to life.
MICKEY_050317_434.JPG: KELLY KOZEL, design manager, worldwide licensing for Coca-Cola thinks "the partnership between Coca-Cola and Mickey is great. Both companies speak across generations. I still have my first Mickey Mouse watch that my grandfather gave me and I also remember drinking ice cold Cokes with him on the back step. To celebrate 75 years of fun with Mickey, I wanted to convey energy, fun and relevance of Coca-Cola. When I came across an image of one of our 1950s deliverymen in uniform, I was hooked. Historically the uniform is known for delivering 'A Coke and a Smile.' I partnered with Sharon Noh, Assistant Design Manager, to customize a 'fit' for Mickey. Our intent for Mickey in the Coca-Cola delivery uniform is to continue to delight folks young and old."
SHARON NOH, assistant design manager for Coca-Cola, grew up watching Mickey Mouse cartoons on TV and is "absolutely flattered to have been involved with this project." Sharon worked closely with her manager, Kelly Kozel, to develop the Coke/Mickey statue. "We wanted it to reflect the union of Coca-Cola and Mickey in meaningful and sophisticated manner," she says. "We also felt it was important to pay tribute to the history and the longevity of both brands. Mickey wearing the Coca-Cola uniform is a symbolic and a sophisticated way to reflect the partnership. I believe that our design celebrates the history of Coke and Mickey in a clever, meaningful way."
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY has a mission: to benefit and refresh everyone it touches. Founded in 1886, The Coca-Cola Company is the world's leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, used to produce more than 300 beverage brands. Their corporate headquarters are in Atlanta, with local operations in over 200 countries around the world. The Coca-Cola Company has enjoyed a long association with Disney. Coca-Cola is served at the Disney Theme Parks and was the sole sponsor of the first-ever Disney television special, One Hour in Wonderland, broadcast on NBC on Christmas Day, 1950.
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.
MICKEY_050317_442.JPG: SYD MEAD is a "Visual Futurist," an artist for whom reality is the future. From his earliest assignments at Ford Motor Company's Advanced Styling Studio, Syd demonstrated innate design sense coupled with his extraordinary ability to render futuristic scenarios with realism. In 1970, he formed Syd Mead Inc. to service such clients as U.S. Steel, Sony and Disney. Syd has designed for such films as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, (1979), Disney's Tron (1982), Blade Runner (1982), Aliens (1986) and the soon to be released Sound of Thunder. Through Syd Mead Inc. and since 1985, OBLAGON, INC., his publishing company, Syd continues to provide his design and illustration services the world over.
MICKEY_050317_446.JPG: BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc., is the leading African-American multi-media entertainment company. BET is committed to establishing the most valued consumer brand within the African-American marketplace. It accomplishes this mission by delivering quality entertainment and information to the growing African American consumer base using a variety of media properties. Regular programming includes Soul Food, Maad Sports, BET Nightly News and BET Jazz. Founded by Robert L. Johnson, chairman and CEO, BET premiered in 1980.
BET's 106 & Park pays tribute to hip-hop music with "Mickey in the Park," which features Mickey Mouse as a host VJ, counting down the hottest hip-hop videos in the country.
MICKEY_050317_450.JPG: GARY BASEMAN is famed for his fanciful, lively and playful illustrations, which have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and many other national publications. He has created art for multinational companies including Disney, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft and Sony. Gary best describes his work as "where the line between genius and stupidity has been smudged beyond recognition." He is also the creator and executive producer of "Disney's Teacher's Pet," an animated series for Toon Disney. His inspiration for the show was 15 years of observing his dog, Hubcaps. Gary has won three Emmy's® for the series, including back-to-back awards for Best Animated Series - Special Class and the Outstanding Individual Achievement Emmy for Production Design. Baseman is also known for his artwork on the game Cranium which is found at Starbucks and Target.
MICKEY_050317_455.JPG: LORI TYMINSKI, Senior Storybook Artist for Disney Publishing Worldwide, left a 15-year career as an auditor to study illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Lori, who works in a range of styles primarily with pastel and watercolor, has shown at juried shows throughout the San Francisco Bay area and one of her pieces currently hangs in the Lindsay museum in Walnut Creek, California. Joining the Walt Disney Company as an apprentice in 1996, Lori became part of the Disney publishing staff in 1997. "I wanted my Mickey entry to relate to publishing, where so many of his adventures began," she says. "I also wanted the statue to have a vintage feel to acknowledge Mickey's wonderful past."
MICKEY_050317_475.JPG: CHRISTINA GRANTHAM lives with her family, Robert and Ellan Grantham and younger sister, Heather, in Kansas City, Missouri. Tina grew up watching and loving Walt Disney movies and drawing and painting everything in sight. She is also a big fan of the Beatles. Tina graduated in 2001 from Park Hill South High School in Kansas City and she now attends The Kansas City Art Institute where she is a junior in illustration. She is very excited that she can represent Kansas City and The Kansas City Art Institute...the very art school that Walt Disney attended!
MICKEY_050317_480.JPG: WYLAND is the most influential marine life artist of our time. With more than 78 monumental ocean murals, Wyland's art has transported many into nature's underwater kingdom. The mission of this painter, sculptor, writer and underwater photographer is to inspire an entire generation to appreciate the beauty of our world's oceans. As a marine life artist whose work has been hailed for its environmental implications by ocean scientists, Wyland bridges the marine world of science and art. Today his art is found in many public and private collections worldwide. He is also founder of the Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the world's oceans.
With "Undersea Mickey," it was Wyland's intention to portray Mickey diving in his own mask.
MICKEY_050317_495.JPG: RAVEN soared to popularity when she made her television debut in 1989 as Olivia on The Cosby Show. Her recording career began at the age of five when she signed a contract with MCA Records. Her album, Here's To New Dreams, contained the single "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of." She has also performed on Broadway, singing with the Boys Choir of Harlem as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. In 1998, she played Eddie Murphy's daughter in the hit Dr. Dolittle. Raven is now star of her own TV show That's So Raven on Disney Channel.
Raven shows an affinity for the clouds, the stars and Mickey with her statue titled "Clouded Conscience."
MICKEY_050317_508.JPG: LENOX has enjoyed a rewarding creative partnership with Disney for more than nine years. One reason for this successful relationship is the similar heritage both companies share. Each was founded by an artist/visionary who possessed uncompromising dedication to achieving exceptional artistry, quality, and excellence. Lenox loves Mickey for the same reasons millions of Americans have loved him for generations: he's friendly, lovable, generous, kind, and fun. And now he's "Tuxedo Mickey," designed by Lenox inspired by their signature technique, Tuxedo&tm; , a gold etch pattern on Lenox fine ivory china which is reserved for only the finest Lenox china. Tuxedo has been in continuous production since 1912 - a testament to the quality and timeless artistry of Lenox.
By incorporating the Tuxedo pattern on Mickey's sculptured tuxedo, Lenox formally celebrates his historic 75th anniversary in grandest style.
MICKEY_050319_84.JPG: AL KONETZNI is a pioneer in Disney character merchandising. For nearly 30 years, Al developed ideas and designs for toys, clothing, stationary, and more, all featuring the beloved Disney characters. An idea man, artist and self-taught marketer, Al joined Disney in 1953 and coordinated licensing with companies including General Electric and Hallmark. Many of the delightfully designed products created by Al are today prized collectors items among Disney fans, including the famed Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Pez candy dispensers. Al's most famous creation is the Disney School Bus lunch box, the best selling lunch box in history. He was named a Disney Legend in 1999.
MICKEY_050330_011.JPG: SIR ELTON JOHN is one of the top selling solo artists of all time with 32 gold and 21 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and several Grammy Awards. His music for Disney's The Lion King earned him an Oscar®. In 1997, The Lion King opened on Broadway, receiving six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Elton's second Broadway collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice, Aida, received the 2000 Tony Award for Best Music and Lyrics. In 1998, the Queen of England knighted Elton for his contributions to charity and the arts. In 2001, he released his critically acclaimed album Songs From the West Coast. Elton is the recipient of the Grammy Legend Award.
Elton is known for his eclectic style and piano prowess, both of which he depicts in "Music Royalty," which styles Mickey with extravagant sunglasses and piano keys.
MICKEY_050330_020.JPG: STAR JONES, lawyer, former prosecutor, best-selling author and co-host of ABC's Emmy-nominated show, The View, is known for her candor, confidence and ability to clarify complex legal and social issues. Star earned her B.A. at American University and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Houston. She served with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office on a number of high-profile cases, before debuting in 1991 as a studio commentator for Court Time. She went on to serve as the NBC legal correspondent for Today and Nightly News before launching her own syndicated show, Jones & Jury. With the 1997 launch of The View, Star expanded her commentary to include a variety of community and social issues. In 2001 Star and her fellow co-hosts were awarded the Safe Horizon Champion Award for their efforts to raise awareness about issues of importance to girls and women. Star, who resides in New York City, is extensively involved with a number of philanthropic organizations and charitable foundations, including Girls, Inc.
Star proves she is "Wild For Mickey" with exotic animal prints donning her Mickey statue.
MICKEY_050330_029.JPG: G BYRON PECK is a muralist who has painted a number of large-scale pieces in Washington D.C.
MICKEY_050330_041.JPG: LUIS GARCIA plays George's son Max Lopez on ABC's George Lopez. His work in television includes a guest appearance on ER, Any Day Now, a Chevy commercial and a national public safety announcement for seatbelt safety. Luis was born in LaGrange, Illinois, and is one of six children. In his elementary school classes, Luis maintains an "A" average.
MICKEY_050330_045.JPG: WAYNE BRADY possesses an uncanny ability to act, sing, dance and make audiences laugh with equal aplomb, as seen daily on The Wayne Brady Show, the talk/variety series syndicated by Buena Vista Television. Wayne started performing in high school, and in 1996, began working in theater and television. Performing at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum in its production of Blade to the Heat, he also guest starred on such TV series as I'll Fly Away, Home Court, and In the Heat of the Night. Wayne earned two Emmy® nominations for his famed improvisational work on ABC's Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Wayne Brady takes a futuristic approach to styling Mickey in "Extended Play," which features a metallic look for the mouse.
MICKEY_050330_049.JPG: JEFF CONINE First joined the Florida Marlins® baseball team in the 1993 draft, becoming the Marlins' representative in the 1994 All-Star Game®. In 1995, he was named All-Star MVP®. One of only two original Marlins remaining when the team won the 1997 World Series®, Jeff was traded back to the Kansas City Royals®, and then moved to the Baltimore Orioles® where his "red-hot" bat earned him the Most Valuable Oriole® in 2001. He returned to the Marlins to play left field in their successful bid for the 2003 World Series®. Also a world-class racquetball player, Jeff and his wife Cindy won the 1993 and 1999 U.S. National Racquetball Dougles Championships. Together they have founded the Conine All-Star Classic, a celebrity golf tournament, which raises money for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.
Jeff pays tribute to Mickey and his friends in "Family Tree," which shows Mickey's unique "family" connection to all his friends.
MICKEY_050330_069.JPG: ANTHONY RIETTA is senior production graphic artist/designer for Radio Disney. Anthony is responsible for the design and implementation of all creative materials including print ads, billboards and posters. Anthony studied illustration and graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His first job was at an automotive accessory company, where he created instruction brochures and logos for Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan. He next worked at Herbalife where he created packaging design for 56 countries. "I am honored that my Mickey design was chosen for the 75 InspEARations tour," says Anthony. "Being Radio Disney we wanted to illustrate items that represented the evolution of music technology from vinyl records to satellite radio."
MICKEY_050330_082.JPG: ANNETTE FUNICELLO became an overnight sensation on TV's The Mickey Mouse Club. The only one of the 24 original Mouseketeers personally cast by Walt Disney, Annette captured the hearts of youngsters and adults alike. She was soon a top selling recording artist and a movie star, appearing in the "Beach" comedies and in such Disney films as The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Babes in Toyland (1961). Known as "America's Girl Next Door," Annette is still, simply and sweetly, just that. Annette Funicello was named a Disney Legend in 1992.
To Annette Funicello, Mickey is heaven sent, and she designed her statue, "Always My Angel, Mickey," to reflect just that-Mickey wears wings and a halo, and stands on a cloud.
MICKEY_050330_102.JPG: KATANEH VAHDANI was born in Iran, a country with an extensive art history. She feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to study art in the U.S. since 2000. Kataneh enrolled in the California Institute of the Arts (CAL ARTS) in 2001 and has found a lively and creative niche in the character animation program. Her goal is to make a difference in the world and she is trying to reach that through her art.
CAL ARTS was incorporated in 1961 as California Institute of the Arts, the first degree-granting institution of higher learning in the U.S. created specifically for students of both the visual and the performing arts. The Institute was established through the vision and generosity of Walt and Roy Disney and the merger of two professional schools, the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music (founded 1883) and the Chouinard Art Institute (founded 1921). In 1971, Cal Arts moved to its permanent site in Valencia, California. Faculty artists actively pursue their own art making while acting as mentors and colleagues with students. Alumni include award-winning filmmakers, performers and artists whose works continue to shape and redefine the creative future.
MICKEY_050330_106.JPG: CODY REYNOLDS, a senior character artist for the Disney Design Group at the Walt Disney World Resort®, began planning his Disney career at the age of 5, when he saw Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. "I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a Disney artist when I grew up," he says. Originally from New Jersey, Cody earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Ringling School of Art and Design. After a 10-month internship with the Disney Design Group, Cody became full-time staff member, and has spent the past eight years designing a variety of products for the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts®. According to Cody, "I'm living my dream 'happily ever after' in the 'happiest place on Earth.'"
MICKEY_050330_112.JPG: JAMIE LEE CURTIS has demonstrated her acting versatility with starring roles in such films as Halloween (1978), Trading Places (1983), A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and True Lies (1994), for which she won a Golden Globe Award. On television, Jamie starred in the acclaimed sitcom Anything But Love, and the 1998 telefilm, Nicholas' Gift, for which she received an Emmy® nomination. She is also a best-selling author of children's books including I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting off a Little Self Esteem, which was published in 2002 and spent over 35 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Jamie Lee most recently starred in the Disney hit Freaky Friday (2003).
Jamie Lee styled her statue with technology and computer-related accessories as she pays tribute to Mickey as the "Original Mouse Pad."
MICKEY_050330_117.JPG: VANESSA HUNT is a 20-year-old artist who has been drawing since the age of three. Vanessa took art classes throughout middle school and high school and is currently taking art and art history classes at a community college. Her goals include majoring in illustration/animation and continuing to work for The Walt Disney Company as either an animator or a background artist. A lifelong Disney enthusiast, Vanessa is also an avid collector of Disney books, posters and other memorabilia.
MICKEY_050331_08.JPG: ANDRE AGASSI, winner of the 1996 tennis singles gold medal in the Atlanta Olympics, first emerged on the professional tennis scene in 1986 as a 16-year-old prodigy. In 1994, he became the first unseeded player since 1930 to win the U.S. Open. Through 2001, despite medical and professional setbacks, Andre had won a total of seven Grand Slam titles, and 49 career singles championships. Known for his flamboyant personal style, Andre is dedicated to assisting at-risk youth. The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation in his home city of Las Vegas, Nevada, has raised millions of dollars through its "Grand Slam for Children" benefit concerts. In 1995 and 2001 Agassi was honored with the ATP's Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for helping disadvantaged youth, and he was one of five athletes named in the third annual "Most Caring Athlete" by USA Today WEEKEND in 1996.
Mickey is set to conquer the tennis court, complete with sneakers and a racquet, in "Love All," Andre's statue.
MICKEY_050331_24.JPG: DAVE KOZ is a Grammy Award-nominated modern jazz saxophonist and composer; his debut album was on the 1990 Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts for 25 weeks. Dave regularly appeared on television including The Arsenio Hall Show and General Hospital, which chose his song "Faces Of The Heart" as its first new theme song in 30 years. His 1993 album Lucky Man spent more than two years on the charts, and by 1995 had earned a gold record for sales of more than half a million. Along with television and concert appearances, he also hosts The Dave Koz Radio Show. Dave's latest album Saxophonic was released in 2003.
Dave captures his golden music career in "Saxophonic Mickey," a gold-toned Mickey holding a saxophone resting atop a stack of CDs.
Description of Subject Matter: "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" came to the Woodrow Wilson Plaza outside the Ronald Reagan building in Washington DC for a month on its way to the final auction in New York. They had begun in 2003 when Mickey had his 75th anniversary. 75 700-pound 6-foot-tall Mickeys were designed by some Disney-connected celebrity (e.g. Fess Parker), done up by Disney artists, and then put on public display at the theme parks. Each of the celebrities could pick a cause which would benefit from the eventual auction of the piece.
Since Disney had final approval on all designs and the celebrities were Disney-connected, many of the themes were Disney-related. So you had Fess Parker advertising Disney's Davy Crockett which was modeled by Disney's Mickey Mouse. This tended to restrict some of the creativity and frankly reminded me a lot of the theme parks where you paid Disney to take rides that advertised Disney films which end up in stores where you can buy Disney merchandise. It's easy to love it anyway since Mickey, one of the blander Disney characters, is still so cute.
I talked to some of the organizers and they said this was the first time all the statues had been available for free public viewing. Previously, they had been collected at the theme parks (for paying audiences) and had been split into 15-statue sets when they toured 10 cities before Washington DC.
From the official web site at http://www.disney.com/mickey75: November 18, 2003, marks the 75th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, who debuted in the first synchronized sound cartoon, "Steamboat Willie," on November 18, 1928. The Walt Disney Company is honoring 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. The program is called "Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations" and it is a tribute to Mickey from an impressive array of his friends that includes Disney Legends, as well as actors, artists and athletes. Participating artists include Wayne Allwine, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ellen Degeneres, Andreas Deja, Jamie Lee Curtis, Annette Funicello, James Gandolfini, Tom Hanks, Tony Hawk, Elton John, John Travolta and Wyland, to name a few.
After the unveiling, the statues will be on display at Walt Disney World until the end of February for guests to enjoy. From there, the statues are scheduled to visit a variety of cities across the U.S. before being auctioned off for charity in 2005. All 75 statues will be on display at Disneyland Theme Parks beginning January 10 – February 22, 2005. Then the statues head east, making their way to Washington D.C. where all 75 will be on display at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004. Stay tuned for tour and auction details!
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