18 November 2008

Happy Happy Birthday To You

I have one of those wives that people tell stories about, or make movies of, but that never truly seem to appear in real life. The kind of wife that when I am sick, and working with preschoolers that happens more often than I like, finds something intriguing to bring home to me. Usually these items are Disney related, but not something I would have sought out myself. She will bring home 1970s Walt Disney World postcards from an antique store and Sorcerer Mickey Mardi Gras beads, while I’m continually looking for ancient park maps and out of print books.

Last year I had a bit of a stomach bug and, while at the pharmacy, she came across Mickey 80 Years PEZ Collection. The collection, in a tin of course, has three individual Mickey dispensers, Mickey in Black and White, Pie-Eyed Mickey, and Modern Mickey. The set also includes three wrappers of assorted PEZ fruit candy and a reproduced Mickey Mouse Poster. Like I said, it isn’t the kind of item I would have natural searched out, but it holds a prominent place in my collection.
Today, on Mickey’s 80th Birthday, let’s see what PEZ has to say about themselves, and Mickey Mouse:
For over 50 years, Pez and The Walt Disney Company have enjoyed a strong partnership to provide you with the best of Pez dispensers from Disney. In honor of the 80th anniversary of both Pez and Mickey Mouse, we are pleased to offer you this Collectible Gift Set of Mickey Mouse 80 years for your very own.

Mickey Mouse was born on November 18, 1928 in a film called Steamboat Willie, which just happened to be cinema’s first ever talking cartoon. He appeared in many films through the 1930s and 1940s including one of his most famous, Fantasia. In the 1950s, he began to transition to television and was featured on the popular show, Mickey Mouse Club. In November 1978, Mickey celebrated in 50th anniversary by becoming the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout the years, Mickey Mouse had several different looks and styles, but his popularity and public adoration lives on.

PEZ was created in 1927 in Vienna, Austria by Eduard Haas III and was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy. The name PEX was derived from the German word “Pfefferminz” meaning peppermint. PEZ Candy and Dispensers were introduced to America in 1952. We hope that you will enjoy your Pez Collectibles of Mickey Mouse for many years to come.


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