Ben Affleck, Tom Hanks and John Travolta are helping Mickey Mouse celebrate his 75th birthday today (18NOV03) by designing larger-than-life statues of the Disney icon.

The actors are among the 75 people who have created colourful statues for the mouse's big day, which will now embark on an American tour of galleries and art spaces, beginning in DISNEY WORLD in Florida from today until April (04).

The tour will end in summer 2005, when the celebrity-designed statues will be auctioned off for charity.

Other stars who have painted the statues include Ellen Degeneres, JAMIE LEE CURTIS, Elton John and The Sopranos tough guy James Gandolfini.

18/11/2003 21:10