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Posted: Nov. 19, 2003 3:01 am/pm Quote

RUNAWAY FOOD

Veteran Disney animator Andreas Deja poses beside a 6-feet-tall, 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 -- 75 years to the day Walt Disney's most enduring creation made his debut in "Steamboat Willie."

The colorful statue, "Fruits of the Mouse," depicts Mickey made out of edible items. (Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney)

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Mickey Mouse examines the statue of himself designed by Andreas Deja. (Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney)

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Posted: Nov. 19, 2003 3:12 am/pm Quote

MICKEY REIGNS!

Portland, Ore., artist Anita Hurst poses beside a 6-feet-tall, 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 -- 75 years to the day Walt Disney's most enduring creation made his debut in "Steamboat Willie."

Hurst's statue design, "Mickey Reigns," represents Portland, Ore., one of several cities the statues will visit on a nationwide tour in 2004. (Photo: Kent Phillips/Disney)

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Posted: Nov. 19, 2003 3:36 am/pm Quote

There will be more pictures, so stay tooned!
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Posted: Nov. 19, 2003 1:17 am/pm Quote

WHY? JUST KOZ!

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz and Mickey Mouse pose with a 6-feet-tall, 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 -- 75 years to the day Walt Disney's most enduring creation made his debut in "Steamboat Willie."

Koz's statue design, titled "Saxophonic Mickey," whimsically depicts the famous mouse as a giant saxophone. (Photo: Mark Ashman/Disney)

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Posted: Nov. 19, 2003 2:16 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

The Winter 2003-2004 issue of Disney Magazine has this article and picture about Dave Koz's Mickey statue:


Mickeys on Parade

Mickey Mouse is being honored on the seventy-fifth anniversary of his film debut in a way befitting Disney's top mouse: Seventyfive plaster Mickey statues, each designed by a celebrity artist, will be on display around the country for a year and a half starting in November.

The artists created a diverse range of six-foot-tall figures, Saxophonic Mickey, designed by jazz musician Dave Koz, features a pair of "bells" for ears and a saxophone mouthpiece for a thumb. Koz says that Mickey, like the tenor sax, rings American. "Even though the sax was born in Europe in the 1800s, it really is synonymous with American music and jazz."

Koz's recently released CD, Saxophonic,evokes the title of his Mickey figure. "I had just finished my record about the saxophone, and I thought about how cool an instrument it is, and how cool Mickey is, and how much a part of America he is," says Koz.

Other names on the contributor list include Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Affleck, Doris Roberts of Everybody Loves Raymond, and the stars of Live with Regis and Kelly. Because most of the contributors aren't fulltime artists, a company called Tivoli Too is doing the hands-on sculpting and painting for the majority of the figures.

Though most of the designers are newcomers to the Disney art department, some are old hands. Roy E. Disney specifically chose animator Andreas Deja and Imagineer John Hench to put their imprints on statues. And lest the next generation be forgotten, several aspiring artists from the nation's best art schools are also taking part.

The completed statues first go on show November 18. Look for the mice throughout Walt Disney World maybe even on the Disney cruise ships. In April 2004, the Mickey statues will begin a coast-to-coast tour, visiting six to 10 cities and, of course, Disneyland. The final stop, in Spring 2005, is Sotheby's in New York, where the statues will be auctioned off to benefit each artist's favorite children's charity.

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"KOOL KAT" & MOUSE

Kathryn E. "Kate" Morgan, 13, of Philadelphia poses beside a 6-feet-tall, 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 -- 75 years to the day Walt Disney's most enduring creation made his debut in "Steamboat Willie."

Morgan's statue design, "Wonderful World of Mickey," represents Philadelphia, one of several cities the statues will visit on a nationwide tour in 2004. Radio Disney listeners know Kathyrn as kid reporter "Kool Kat" Katie. (Photo: David Roark/Disney)

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Posted: Nov. 19, 2003 6:47 am/pm Quote

MOUSE-SKATEER

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk poses with a 6-feet-tall, 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 -- 75 years to the day Walt Disney's most enduring creation made his debut in "Steamboat Willie."


Hawk's statue design, titled "Mouseskateer," is a playful nod to his career as a pro skateboarder. (Photos: Mark Ashman/Disney)

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TREE-MENDOUS!

Florida Marlins outfielder Jeff Conine poses with a 6-feet-tall, 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 -- 75 years to the day Walt Disney's most enduring creation made his debut in "Steamboat Willie."


Conine's statue design, titled "Family Tree," pays tribute to famous animated Disney characters, including some of his family's favorites. (Photo: Garth Vaughan/Disney)

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Posted: Nov. 19, 2003 6:56 am/pm Quote

Okay... Who's Rachel?
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A LUNCHBOX!

Veteran Disney merchandise designer Al Konetzni and his wife, Adeline, pose beside a 6-feet-tall, 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 -- 75 years to the day Walt Disney's most enduring creation made his debut in "Steamboat Willie."

Konetzni's statue design, "Back to School," includes a replica of a vintage Disney character lunchbox Konetzni created. (Photo: Garth Vaughan/Disney)

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