When I was a little girl, I loved watching Mickey Mouse. As endearing as a cartoon character could be, he had the sweetest personality and was the best kind of friend. I can still hear his little voice saying, “Aah, come on Pluto – don’t let it get ya down!” He is the prime example of an eternal optimist and his way of looking at the world really had an impact on me.
The picture in this blog is the picture I am greeted with every morning on my way downstairs to get my coffee. It was an exclusive gift I received for being a Charter Member of D23, The Official Community of Disney Fans. It puts a smile on my face every time I look at it and I am so happy to have it in my home.
This lithograph was created by Walt Disney Animation Studios Art Director, Paul Felix. It is Mickey’s 80th Anniversary Portrait entitled “PUTTING A SMILE ON THE WORLD.” This talented artist certainly did capture Mickey’s trademark charm, youthful exuberance and optimism. The lithograph came with a Certificate of Authenticity which states the following:
Walt Disney once said “It all started with a mouse,” and ever since Mickey’s debut in 1928, he has been far more than Disney’s biggest and brightest star. He is Disney’s goodwill ambassador to the world, representing the spirit of hope, optimism and decency that serves as the very foundation of The Walt Disney Company.
I think it was very appropriate that the D23 committee decided on this gift from the Walt Disney Archives Collection. I think Disney fans are the best kind of people; happy to carry on the tradition Walt started through Mickey Mouse. Nearly every day I come in contact with Disney lovers in cyberspace who are the nicest people. We have become friends even though we have never met. We are drawn together by a magical common bond.
I think Walt would be very proud of the community of Disney lovers that has flourished as a result of his icon of goodwill. He wanted everyone in the world to be happy and we are each trying to do our small part — spreading the Disney Magic.