The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the issuance of 125 million new stamps today featuring popular Disney Pixar characters. An official First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony took place at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for what are being called The Mail a Smile Forever stamps.
The Mail A Smile Forever stamps are a follow-up to the Send a Hello stamps issued in 2011. The Mail a Smile stamp sheet includes five different designs featuring Flik and Dot from “A Bug’s Life” (1998); Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Dashiell “Dash” Parr from “The Incredibles” (2004), with “Dash” also shown running in the background; Nemo and Squirt from “Finding Nemo” (2003); Woody, Bullseye, and Jessie from “Toy Story 2” (1999); and Boo, Mike Wazowski, and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan from “Monsters, Inc.” (2001).
The back of the stamp sheet shows blue-pencil sketches of characters from these movies interspersed among text that exhorts readers to mail a smile to a loved one. Postal Service art director William Gicker of Washington, DC, worked with Disney Pixar to design the stamp art.
“These delightful stamps lift spirits and touch hearts and remind us that when it comes to connecting with loved ones, technology is no match for the mail,” said Jo Ann Feindt, Postal Service Southern Area vice president, in dedicating the stamps as part of the resort’s grand opening.
In addition to Feindt, Jay Ward, who is legacy guardian for Pixar Animation Studios, was also onhand at the celebration. “We’re thrilled ‘to infinity and beyond’ that these popular characters from ‘Toy Story 2,’ ‘Finding Nemo’ and other great Disney Pixar films are featured on these colorful new stamps,” said Ward. “This stamp issue will make posting a letter lots of fun for everyone in the family.”
The Disney Pixar Stamps are available nationwide today, and they can be be purchased online at usps.com/shop, by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) or by visiting Post Offices.