On Friday, November 16th, the other Arc Participants and myself made Mickey Mouse pilgrim hats to celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday and the 84th anniversary of the creation of the world’s favorite cartoon character, the one and only, Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse has always been one of my favorite Disney characters ever since I went to Disney World and met him in 1993 and in 2011. We learned that Mickey officially debuted on November 18th, 1928 in “Steamboat Willie,” one of the first sound cartoons. He went on to appear in over 130 films including, “The Band Concert” (1935), “Brave Little Tailor” (1938), and “Fantasia” (1940). Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also occasionally in feature-length films. Nine of Mickey’s cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, “Lend a Paw,” won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beginning in 1930, Mickey has also been featured extensively as a comic strip character. Mickey has also appeared in comic books and in television series such as The Mickey Mouse Club, originally airing in 1955 to 1959 and again in 1989 to 1996. Walt Disney got the inspiration for Mickey Mouse from his old pet mouse he used to have on his farm. “Mortimer Mouse” had been Disney’s original name for the character before his wife, Lillian, convinced him to change it, and ultimately Mickey Mouse came to be. My favorite quote from Walt Disney is, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” ~Walt Disney.
On Tuesday, November 20th, we celebrated the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday by eating pumpkin pie and being with friends. The Participants made Thanksgiving arts and crafts, such as, Mayflower Paper Ships, Paper Plate Turkeys, and Native American Headdresses.
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family and all of my friends at the Arc. I hope that everyone and their families had a wonderful Thanksgiving.