As a Disney side-kick, you can’t find one much better than Jiminy Cricket. Sure, he’s a bug, but thanks to the Blue Fairy, he magically becomes an important part of Pinocchio’s life – acting as his conscience, attempting to keep his charge safe from trouble. If you didn’t love Jiminy in Pinocchio, you have got to at least admit that he’s an incredible narrator for the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular (Magic Kingdom), right? You think so, don’t you? GOOD! Me too!
There are a couple of precious Jiminy Cricket Disneyana items at our house (in the Joseph Green collection). One is a modern figurine, picked up not that long ago on a Disney vacation. The other is much older and, I think, pretty unique and interesting. A 1957 Dell Comic (Four Color #795) featuring the man (insect?) himself, Jiminy Cricket. He stars in several separate comics alongside some very famous co-stars like Goofy, Captain Hook, Donald Duck and his playful nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. All the fun and excitement covered by the Dell Comic pledge.
Dell Comics – “A pledge to parents: The Dell Trademark is, and always has been, a positive guarantee that the comic magazine bearing it contains only clean and wholesome entertainment. The Dell code eliminates entirely, rather than regulates, objectionable material. That’s why when your child buys a Dell Comic you can be sure it contains only good fun. ‘Dell Comics are Good Comics’ is our only credo and constant goal.”
You’ve got to hand it to the 1950’s – there was no better decade for wholesomeness!
When Jiminy Cricket first appeared in 1940, he was drawn by Ward Kimball (one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men”) and voiced by Cliff Edwards. When he sang “When You Wish Upon a Star”, Jiminy entered the collective hearts of America and has remained there ever since.
Movies, television, comics, video games, books, and in Disney parks – the character of Jiminy Cricket as a symbol of doing what’s right has endured for more than half a century and I, for one, believe his image will continue to live on for quite a long time to come.
How about you? Are you a Jiminy Cricket fan?