…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 49)

Awww, isn’t that nice?  Mickey Mouse’s sweetie has come to join him for a visit to Sun City Peachtree!  Minerva Mouse, better known as “Minnie” is probably keeping an eye out on her beau, making sure he isn’t getting into trouble.  She’s a no-nonsense gal, after all.  Bullying, thievery, lying, and fighting are just something Minnie won’t put up with; so, if there is any chance of Mickey or his pals getting into it, she’ll put a stop to it.

This is what Minnie is about:  She’s struggling to make it as a musician, singer, and songwriter; so, those are her passions in life (besides Mickey and her pet dog Fifi and Figaro, her kitten.  There is also Frankie the canary and Hoppy the kangaroo!  I can’t forget about them.  She also cares a lot for her best friend, Daisy Duck.

Besides music, Minnie’s interests include fashion (especially large hair bows!), shopping, children, flowers, movies, dancing, stage performances, gardening, cooking, and painting.  She also likes to stop by and visit her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame once in a while; however, she’s usually too busy at Disneyland and Disney World to fit it in her schedule.

Minnie’s calendar started getting packed back in 1988 when she had her first starring role in the television special Totally Minnie.  Since then, she has endured as one of Walt Disney Company’s most popular and significant characters.  She has headlined several of her own cartoons with a lot of spunk and that sweet demeanor, so she is one busy mouse!

In 2018, Minnie earned that Hollywood Walk of Fame star for her contributions to animation.  Recently, her passion for fashion as landed her appearances at New York Fashion Week and the Fashion Awards in Los Angeles!  In addition, she now serves as the figurehead of the Rock the Dots apparel and merchandise promotions, because she is often seen rocking the polka dots with her hair bows and flapper dresses.  She just loooves those polka dots!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 48)

It’s Mickey Mouse!  He came by looking for Donald Duck, but Donald waddled out Sun City Peachtree about a month ago.  Oh well, it’s nice to have you here, Mickey! But, where’s Pluto?  Did you leave your pet pooch behind?  I hope he catches up with you here!  What about your girlfriend, Minnie?  (Actually, according to Walt Disney, the two are married in private life!)

You’re sure looking spry for your age, Mick!  You’re coming up on your 93rd birthday, and you don’t look a day over nine. 

How is it that after all these years, your red shorts, white gloves, and yellow shoes still look as good as knew?  You have kept trim, too!  At 23 pounds, you haven’t gained an ounce.  (At 2’3”, he hasn’t grown either.)  Your voice is sounding as falsetto as ever, and you’re still stuck on “swell” and “gee” as your go-to lingo.  Some things never change.

You still have that awesome spirit, too.  You may be known as an underdog, but despite your diminutive stature, you are larger than life.  Nobody can overcome adversity like you, Mickey.  Your quick wit and can-do spirit can get you through anything!

You’ve had quite the life and career since Steamboat Willie, haven’t you?

It’s Mickey Mouse’s magnetic personality that has made him the most popular and recognizable cartoon character in the world.  (Of course, being in 130 movies, being the star of your own club and television show, having your image plastered on all sorts of souvenirs; and, being the mascot of Disneyland and Disney World helps a lot, too!)

There’s a bit of history that made Mickey Mouse the star that he is.  Walt Disney treasured Mickey Mouse like no other character, and the two were widely regarded as “alter-egos” by peers and historians, a perception supported by Walt originating Mickey’s voice.  Disney once attributed his success to the advent of Mickey, famously proclaiming that, “it was all started by a mouse.”

Mickey’s fame earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is the highest-grossing animated character of all time.  Mr. Mouse has also received ten nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

There is so much documentation on all things Mickey Mouse that I could write an entire college term paper on the round-eared, bright-eyed mouse!  I’ll keep this short, though, and just conclude by offering my congratulations and thanks to Mickey for all the joy he has brought to the world.  (He sure helped increase our stock in Walt Disney, too!)

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 33)

By the time I returned from the pool, yesterday, the painted rock on our Sun City Peachtree bench had been snagged.  I’m guessing a grandmother (or grandfather) snatched it up for their grand kid.  Curious to know what I missed, I contacted the artist and learned it was Tinker Bell.  Thanks to the artist for e-mailing this photo:

Yay for Disney characters!  Growing up in Long Beach, California, Disneyland was a short distance away.  I have fond memories visiting there with my family, ride ticket books in hand.  My brother and I loved those “E” tickets, so we could bobsled our way around the Matterhorn and scream our lungs out.  Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, however, is one my best friend Laura and I laughed our way through the most.

Back to Tinker Bell, she became famous in the 1953 Disney film, Peter Pan, as Peter’s sidekick on his adventures.  She may appear as a delicate and sweet fairy, but this girl is a badass with some sass!  See, she wants Peter Pan all to herself, so when any other girl poses a threat (especially Wendy Darling), the claws come out, and her temper flares.  Her jealousy and spite get the best of her, I’m afraid.  (I remember girls just like her back in high school!)

Miss Bell is quite the narcissist, too, because she just LOVES admiring herself in the mirror!  She doesn’t like seeing her wide hips, though. 

“Tink” (or, “Miss Bell”), has some special powers.  She is equipped with Pixie Dust, which grants herself and others the ability to fly, so long as they think “wonderful thoughts.” 

Since Miss Bell can fly, she can visit (and admire) her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame any time she likes!  Perhaps she can bring her twin sister Periwinkle with her to admire it, too.

The flying fairy doesn’t talk—at least in a way us humans can understand.  Instead, she speaks in an unintelligible fairy language, and her vocalizations sound like a jingling bell to us.

Tinker Bell brings in the bucks for Disney as one of its most popular characters.  Realizing the gold mine they had with the pretty fairy, they gave her the ability to talk, so she could become a spokesperson for Walt Disney Company.  She eventually got her own franchise, Disney Fairies, which spun off a series of full-length feature films beginning with Tinker Bell, which made a mint in 2008.

For that matter, Tinker Bell is a cash cow (Sorry for the “cow” reference, Tink!) for Disney—just one of many characters that have made Walt Disney Company very profitable since the 1950’s!