I was going to ask a question about the voice of Jiminy Cricket "today". I know that the original voice was Cliff Edwards. So I got on the computer and did a search on the voice of Jiminy Cricket. I followed this with a search for Cliff Edwards.
Did you know that Cliff Edwards was born in Hannibal Missouri? Did you also know, that he died broke, and his body lay unclaimed for days, because no one knew who he was. He died on "July 17, 1971" I found the date quite eery. Having a tie in to both the beginning of Disneyland and the begiining of Walt Disney World.
What started as a curiosity as to who does the voice of Jiminy Cricket today, at the parks and on television, ended with a search on historic information on Cliff Edwards. I read some every interesting information. Cliff Edwards to me, means Jiminy Cricket. He was much more than that, and it was sad to read how his life ended. He of course, died after Walt Disney, so who knows the signifigance of that positively or negatively. His voice has brought much joy to me. I should have researched him before today.
So on this Earth Day, I have learned about the original voice of Jiminy. Jiminy Cricket (the Character) is the Disney Company"s symbol for Earth Day. Now when I see him I will think about more than how cute he is, or how he trys to keep Pinnochio on the straight and narrow. I have always known about Jiminy's Earth Day tie in. I will now remember the original voice, and wonder why his life had to end so sadly, but then life is not always rosy.
I guess that's why a trip to a Disney park, leaves us all wishful, and takes away our aches and pains and heartaches, if only for an afternoon or a week at a time.
So when you are at the Park on Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, think about Cliff Edwards, the original voice of the cricket. Ward Kimball may have said he was a pain to draw, but he brings joy to me. I won't be able to see Jiminy cricket again without getting a lump in my throat.
Happy Earth Day.