Here are some quick facts to go with your new door decs!
Both people in relationships and singles express their love through cards, candy, flowers and gifts.
School children exchange cards and often have classroom parties.
There are several different theories about the origins of Valentine’s Day.
The ancient Romans held the festival of Lupercalia on February 15 to protect themselves from wolves. Men struck people with strips of animal hide; women believed that this made them more fertile.
The early Christian church had at least two saints named Valentine.
One story says that Emperor Claudius II forbade young men to marry because he believed unmarried men made better soldiers. A priest named Valentine secretly married young couples.
Another says that Valentine was an early Christian who was imprisoned for refusing to worship the Roman gods. His friends tossed notes to him through his cell window.
Many stories say that Valentine was executed on February 14 about 269 A.D.
Cupid is a well-known symbol of Valentine’s Day. He is armed with a bow and arrows in order to pierce people’s hearts.
In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
In ancient Greece, Cupid was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
496 A.D. – Pope Gelasius I names February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.
1847 – Esther Howland, of Worchester, Massachusetts, becomes one of the first U.S. manufacturers of valentines.
1868 – The first “chocolate box” is introduced by Richard Cadbury, when he decorates a candy box with a painting of his young daughter holding a kitten in her arms. Cadbury also invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box.
2016 – The National Retail Federation estimates that U.S. consumers will spend $19.7 billion for the holiday.
While most of your were away, I made some old cartoon door decs!
Here are some fun facts about cartoons!
In 1923, a studio called Laugh-O-Grams went bankrupt and its owner, Walt Disney, opened a new studio in Los Angeles. Disney’s first project was the Alice Comedies series, which featured a live action girl interacting with numerous cartoon characters. Disney’s first notable breakthrough was 1928’s Steamboat Willie, the third of the Mickey Mouse series. It was the first cartoon that included a fully post-produced soundtrack, featuring voice and sound effects printed on the film itself (“sound-on-film“). The short film showed an anthropomorphic mouse named Mickey neglecting his work on a steamboat to instead make music using the animals aboard the boat.
1.) Bugs Bunny, an animated rabbit/hare, is one of the most popular and recognizable cartoon characters in the world.
2.) He is the corporate mascot for Warner Brothers, especially its animated productions.
3.) Bugs Bunny was “born” in 1938 in Brooklyn, New York City.
4.) Mel Blanc is Bugs Bunny’s original voice actor.
5.) Bugs Bunny’s accent is an equal blend of the Bronx and Brooklyn dialects.
6.) .In 2002, he was named by TV Guide as the “greatest cartoon character of all time”.
7.) Wile E. Coyote is also known simply as “The Coyote”.
8.) Like Harry S. Truman, the “E” never refers to a name within the context of the cartoon, but a 1975 comic has it standing for ‘Ethelbert’.
9.) Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner were created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Brothers.
10.) Wile E. was initially voiced by Mel Blanc and the Road Runner by Paul Julian.
11.) Jones based the Coyote on Mark Twain’s Roughing It, in which Twain describes the coyote as “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton” that is “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry”.
12.) Jones said he created the Coyote-Road Runner cartoons as a parody of traditional “cat and mouse” cartoons like Tom and Jerry.
13.) Mickey Mouse is a comic animal cartoon character cartoon character that has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company.
14.) Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and voiced by Walt Disney.
15.) The Walt Disney Company celebrates his birth as November 18, 1928 upon the release of Steamboat Willie.
16.) Minnie Mouse full name is Minerva Mouse.
17.) Minnie Mouse’s father is Marcus Mouse.
18.) Her grandparents are Marshall Mouse and Matilda Mouse.
19.) Her best known relative is her Uncle Mortimer Mouse.
20.) Minerva Mouse has twin Nieces named Millie and Melody.
21.) In many appearances, Minnie is presented as a close friend of Daisy Duck, Donald Duck’s girlfriend.
22.) Mandie Mouse is Minnie Mouse’s sister.
23.) Tweety Bird is also known as Tweety Pie or simply Tweety
24.) The name “Tweety” is a play on words, as it originally meant “Sweetie”, along with “tweet” being a typical English onomatopoeia for the sounds of birds.
25.) Despite the widespread speculation that he was female, Tweety is and has always been a male character.
26.) Tweety is a young canary bird.
27.) He had a cousin named Sweety.
28.) The name of Tweety Bird’s owner is Granny.
29.) Tweety was created in 1942 by Bob Clampett through the short “A Tale of Two Kitties”.
30.) The names of the two hungry cats are Babbit and Catstello (based on the famous comedians Abbott and Costello).
31.) On the original model sheet, Tweety was named Orson.
32.) Donald Duck is a white anthropomorphic duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet.
33.) He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bowtie, but no pants.
34.) Donald Duck wears pant when he goes swimming.
35.) Donald’s most famous trait is his easily provoked and occasionally explosive temper.
36.) Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck.
37.) Donald is the uncle of the triplets Huey, Dewey and Louie.
38.) Donald’s birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day his debut film, The Wise Little Hen, was released.
39.) In the film The Three Caballeros in 1944, Donald’s birthday is given as simply “Friday the 13th”, which is in reference to the bad luck he experiences in almost all his cartoon appearances.
40.) In the Donald’s Happy Birthday, his birthday is March 13.
41.) Donald’s voice is one of the most identifiable voices in all of animation.
42.) The voice of Donald was performed by Clarence “Ducky” Nash, a voice actor, up to 1983.
43.) Since 1985, Donald has been voiced by Tony Anselmo, who was trained by Nash for the role.
44.) Daisy Duck was created as a female counterpart and girlfriend to Donald Duck.
45.) Daisy Duck first appeared in the cartoon “Mt. Duck Steps Out” in 1940.
46.) She usually wears either no pants herself or a dress. She is mostly shown as showing a strong affinity towards Donald.
47.) Daisy replaced a short-lived early love interest named Donna Duck, who first appeared in the cartoon “Don Donald” in 1937.
48.) Daisy is the aunt of triplets April, May and June Duck, who serve as Huey, Dewey, Louie’s female counterparts.
49.) Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse are close friends.
50.) Her voice was provided by Clarence Nash and was a slightly higher version of that of Donald.
51.) Hello Kitty is the best-known cartoon characters created by Sanrio of Japan. The Hello Kitty trademark has spread globally; Sanrio earned over $1 billion annually in sales outside of Japan, as of 2003.
52.) Hello Kitty is a very simply drawn character who was created in 1974 by the Sanrio Company in Tokyo.
53.) Her boyfriend “Dear Daniel” was created in 1999.
54.) Hello Kitty is also friends to Bobby Jack Monkey, another Sanrio creation.
55.) The name of her pet cat is Charmmy Kitty.
56.) Her pet hamster is called Sugar.
57.) Charmmy Kitty was given to Hello Kitty by her father, George White, and Sugar by Dear Daniel.
8.) The earliest Hello Kitty animated series known, was the American-animated (co-produced with Japan) Furry Tale Theatre which aired throughout 1987.
59.) Hello Kitty has an identical twin sister name Mimmy.
60.) Mimmy wears different colored clothes and wears her bow under the opposite ear.
61.) Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero famous for appearing in comic strips and animated films as well as numerous TV shows.
62.) Popeye was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929.
63.) The strip, now titled Popeye, continues to appear in first-run installments in Sunday papers, written and drawn by Hy Eisman.
64.) Popeye has appeared in comic books, television cartoons, a 1980 live-action film, arcade and video games, and hundreds of advertisements and peripheral products.
66.) Casper the Friendly Ghost’s family name is McFadden.
67.) He was created in the late 1930s by Seymour Reit of New York City and Joe Oriolo.
68.) Oriole provided the illustration while Reit provided the idea.
69.) Winnie-the-Pooh, commonly shortened to Pooh Bear is once referred to as Edward Bear.
70.) This fictional bear was created by A.A. Milne.
71.) The character first appeared in book form in Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
72.) The hyphens in the character’s name were later dropped when The Walt Disney Company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh featurettes.
73.) It became one of Walt Disney Company’s most successful franchises worldwide.
74.) The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages.
75.) Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a teddy bear owned by the son of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie.
76.) Garfield is a daily-syndicated comic strip created by Jim Davies.
77.) Garfield is a tabby cat.
78.) His owner is Jon Arbuckle.
79.) The comic strip holds the Guinness World Records for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.
80.) Garfield debuted on June 19, 1978. This date is regarded as Garfield’s birthday. He is now 33 years of age.
81.) Scooby-Doo is a talking dog. Scooby-Doo is a long-running American animated series produced for Saturday morning television in several different versions from 1969 to the present.
82) The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You, was created for Hanna –Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, CBS executive Fred-Silverman, and character designer Iwao Takamoto.
83.) Scooby-Doo’s cousin is Scooby-Dum and his nephew is Scrappy-Doo.
84.) Other characters include the four teenagers Fred “Freddie” Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers.
85.) Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
86.) He is a pet beagle of Charlie Brown.
87.) Snoopy is one of the most recognizable comic characters in the world.
88.) The original drawings of Snoopy were based on Schulz’s childhood dogs, Snooky and Spike.
89.) Snoopy was born on October 2, 1950.
90.) He first appeared on the strip on October 4, 1950 two days after the strip premiered.
91.) Animation producer Bill Melendez voiced Snoopy and in numerous television specials from 1965 to 2006.
92.) The Tasmanian Devil, often referred to as “Taz”, is one of the most recognizable members of the Looney Tunes roster.
93.) Taz was created Robert McKimson and based the character on the real-life Tasmanian Devil.
94.) Taz is constantly hungry and devours everything, animate or inanimate.
95.) Taz’s speech, peppered with growls, screeches, and raspberries, is provided by Mel Blanc.
96.) Tom and Jerry was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for MGM.
97.) Tom is a house cat while Jerry is a brown mouse.
98.) Tom and Jerry is a successful and long-running series for over six decades of theatrical short subjects.
99.) The cartoons centered on a never-ending rivalry between a housecat and a brown mouse, whose chases and battles often involved comic violence.
100.) Hanna and Barbera have written 114 Tom and Jerry cartoons between 1940 and 1957.
101.) It is one of most-awarded theatrical animated series.