April 15, 2008

Characters Spotted at the Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival

Marlon spotted quite a few characters among the topiary at Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival and he wanted to share some of his pictures with you. Doug decided to share some fascinating and little known facts about each one too.

There's Mickey Mouse---fascinating fact: the first words he uttered on screen were "Hot dogs!"

Little known fact: in the 1980's, Goofy was named official mascot of the French Olympic Team because of his Sport Goofy athletic programs.

Little known fact: in the late 1990's, Minnie Mouse starred as a crime solver in several "Minnie Mysteries" published by Golden Books.

Fascinating, little known fact: in 1997, the then-current voice actor of Minnie Mouse (Russi Taylor) married the then-current voice actor of Mickey Mouse (Wayne Allwine).

Little known fact: in "Lilo and Stitch", Stitch turns on the television and watches scenes from the 1958 film "Earth vs. The Spider" which was also featured on Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

Fascinating fact: Swift & Company introduced E.K. Pond Peanut Butter in 1920 and renamed it Peter Pan Peanut Butter in 1928.

Little known fact: Captain Hook made a brief appearance in the comic book "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" at a pirate conference.

Little known fact: Tinker Bell had a cameo appearance in the comic strip "Pearls Before Swine" where she was mistaken for a huge fly and killed with a fly swatter. Don't worry though...she was just acting.

Fascinating fact: in this picture, Beauty and the Beast are not actually topiary.

Little known fact: in the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the Snow White villain is actually Snow White's jealous mother, not step-mother.

Fascinating fact: in many non-German versions of the story, The Seven Dwarfs whistled while they worked...as robbers. But remember, they were really just hard-working diamond miners.

Little known fact (to me, at least): The Lion King's Scar was voiced by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons. His Oscar win was for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in the 1991 movie "Reversal of Fortune".

Fascinating fact: Pluto made his debut the same year the planet of the same name was discovered. An 11-year old named the planet and in 2006, at the age of 87, Venetia Phair declared that she did not name the planet after the Disney dog.

Little known fact: the only words ever spoken by Pluto: "Kiss me."

Little known fact: Daisy Duck replaced Donald's earlier love interest Donna Duck and is the aunt of April, May and June Duck.

Little known fact: Donald Duck is the only popular film and television cartoon character to be an official licensed mascot. He represents the University of Oregon's Fighting Ducks.

For more pictures of Epcot's International Flower & Garden Show, go to
http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/april/epcot-international/ .

To be continued...

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