Sunday, January 13, 2008

blue sunday

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.
Irish blessing

this just in....

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse."
Walt Disney

This Day in History
First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)
Mickey Mouse's first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. When Disney was fired for asking for a bigger budget to produce Oswald cartoons, he created Mickey Mouse to keep his company afloat. Mickey was somewhat mischievous in early cartoons, but later evolved into a well-meaning Everyman. Today, Mickey is one of the most recognized symbols of American culture. More

pictures : dingle, ireland; 1930 mickey from google images

8 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

Your post illustrates the conflict of modern Capitalized, MacDonaldlization of our times. The irish street shows so much character, whimsical painted storefronts which gives a flavour of the store and to the town...whereas increasingly we homegenize our culture and our cities and our lives by big corporations standardizing the look of communities and selling the same products.

But you know sometimes mass corporate icons are great...we would all miss good old Mickey, Minnie and friends.

Maurice said...

Mickey rocks and Minnie's cute...

Reya Mellicker said...

Happy birthday to Mickey. Wow, 1930? That mouse is OLD.

Walt Disney went to school at the Kansas City Art Institute, where I studied in the 1970's. The rumor was that he was quite a party guy. You'd have to be doing some kind of semi-hallucinogenic substance to come up with Mickey Mouse, don't you think?

WAT said...

Boy, that Walt Disney was a true visionary genius. He created such an icon, and he couldn't have even known then how huge an impact he was going to have upon the whole world: THE DISNEY EMPIRE.

Now of course, there's lots of criticism of the company and its gargantuan grip on the planet, but Walt started it off with all the best intentions of course.

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

"Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow"
- David Bowie, 1974

WAT said...

LIFE ON MARS!

I lurve that song!

lettuce said...

what a great photo. took me a while - i was going to say something about it not looking how i'd imagined cleveland, hahaha.

happy birthday mickey.

kimy said...

ca - never thought of the juxtaposition when I did the post, good one!

reya - after seeing fantasia I would have to say I tended to believe all those rumors of walt's dabbling.

jt - that bowie!

wat - ah ha, you recognized that the title was the title of one of the doors songs!