Adorably Odd Fellow
Animation is a wonderful art – an animator can take an odd little fellow and make him into an adorable and popular character. Such is the case with Ziggy, the friendly little guy with the quintessential dark cloud constantly hovering over his head. This lovable little cartoon character always seems to have the worst luck and lives each day as if it were Friday the 13th. But no matter how bad times may get, Ziggy always seems to see the light at the end of the tunnel. His "glass half full" outlook is refreshingly appealing, not to mention inspiring.
Emotionally Invested What Wilson was doing was making these girls, and the rest of the public, emotionally invested in his character. Once people develop an emotional bond with someone or something, the odds are quite high they will be longtime fans.
I can definitely relate because I fell in love with the odd little fellow when I was a teenager and my fondness for the character has never weaned. Although my initial attraction was borne out of pity (the lovable little lug could never catch a break), my longtime love for him is a result of the valuable lessons I learned. No matter what the circumstance, Ziggy always finds the positive in a negative. Also, no matter how rude people are, he will never stoop to their level. In a "ME, ME, ME!" self-centered world, Ziggy's humility is refreshing.
A Friend in Need
Ziggy is also a friend to those in need. In 2002 he was named the official "Spokes-Character" for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an organization dedicated to help fund research for the advancement of treatment and the cure for blood cancers. In a statement, Wilson declared "We specifically approached The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because we wanted to make sure that Ziggy was in the hands of a caring organization that exemplified the same positive attitude, optimism, caring, compassion and hope that Ziggy exudes too."
Character Matters touts over 100 years of "combined experience creating, developing, and licensing some of the greatest internationally recognized characters of all time . . . ." Ziggy is at the top of the list of characters that companies can link to their products or services.
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In 1982 Ziggy starred in the animated Christmas program "Ziggy's Gift." In it he tries to help the less fortunate by taking a job as a Santa. Although several of the other Santa impersonators are dishonest, Ziggy continues to take the high road and does not compromise his integrity. The cartoon special won an Emmy Award for Best Animated Program, and you can see a clip on YouTube or get your very own copy on DVD at the "I Love Ziggy" A-Store on Amazon . You can also read about it in the book, Ziggy's Gift, by Tom Wilson.
Part 1 from YouTube
Ziggy Books and Merchandise
You can also spend the Year with Ziggy by purchasing one of his calendars. Empathize with him month after month as he deals with various situations. But, no matter what Ziggy encounters, chances are it will make you laugh, giggle, or at least bring a smile to your face.
Ziggy merchandise gained popularity during the 1980s and 90s, and was sold in several shops. Nowadays, items are a bit more difficult to find but you can find a great deal of Ziggy merchandise, books, calendars, and the DVD Ziggy's Gift at the "I Love Ziggy" A-Store on Amazon.
Lovable Little Guy with the Worst Luck
Millions fell in love with Ziggy, the odd little fellow who always seems to choose the short end of the stick. Even his name, said Wilson, was given to him because it put him last alphabetically. This played out in one of Wilson's comic strips where Ziggy is standing on a rooftop during a flood, watching a rescue boat picking-up people alphabetically. While these comics are funny, we can all learn a lesson from this lovable little guy with the great big heart. When life hands you lemons, thank God for the lesson learned and the free fruit! Ziggy – he's my favorite comic strip character.
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