Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
It's been a while, I know! But what can I say? Christmas has made for a busy few months. Not just one! However, I return with 5 very nice photos from November 23, 1958.
Monday, October 27, 2008
So, I have this thing where when people do really good impersonations of Disney characters I get oddly excited like a 5 year old on Christmas day. People say I'm easily amused, yes, but I think it's the coolest thing!
That is part of the reason why I was happy to find this today on YouTube. It's just a little something, but it made me smile- and perhaps clap my hands excitedly. I hope it makes you smile, too. Clapping optional... but good for the soul. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
I give you, the deconstruction of the Mary Blair mural in Tomorrowland. Sad photos I just came across in my files. The mural was something I loved so much and I was so sad to see it come down. (I have chunks of it... or so they were given to me as. Never knew if they were real and always doubted they were... but one can hope!) There's not much to say about these, except to say the sweetness was sucked out of Tomorrowland when it went. But, I do look ahead to an eventual wonderful Tomorrowland (one day) that actually has everything to do with tomorrow. That'd rock.
In order to lessen the slightly sad nature of this post however, I will supersize today's post with a bright shot of color with this Mary Blair delight! It's lovely, even off of a wall, isn't it?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
First thing's first... Happy 53rd Birthday, Disneyland!!! Back in my OC days, I would make my pilgrimage to The Happiest Place on Earth every July 17... when I wasn't already there working it, that is. It was my thing, and even though I celebrate from afar now, I still try to do a little something commemorative on this day. Some might call me a dork, others (especially those equally into the Disney thing as I am) know far better!
All right, that out of the way, I have a decidedly un-Disneyland post for everyone today. I was just flipping through my large collection of vintage magazines the other day and came across this! It never ceases to amaze me how big of an impact Disney had on film back then. There have been so many times I've unexpectedly come across a great article on something Disney related in Photoplay, which is exactly what happened this time. One of my favorite Disney shorts, being my love of all things old Hollywood, I adore all the caricatures in this film and was stoked to find someone giving props to it with a full layout.
I have left the scans LARGE so everyone can read the fine print under each of the photos. Happy reading!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Victory over Vista! I have achieved success with my scanner, so I will be able to get back to posting whatever I can scan on the blog until I figure out the deal with my camera. I have discovered one very cool article that I will post in the coming days. I, myself, haven't seen it before on any other site/blog, and that's always a positive. I have to paste it all together in Photoshop because it doesn't come close to fitting my scanner bed. Anyway, on to the post!
Monday, June 16, 2008
My apologies for not keeping this blog updated. I was forced to get a new computer and have been experiencing a lot of computer glitches mainly trying to get my camera and scanner to make friends with Windows Vista. They're not digging each other, so I have no way of getting anything new for you all to look at... yet! I will prevail. I know this! Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, though. If I find anything online that's significant and easy to share, I will post it in the meantime.
Take care, everyone and keep checking back.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I came across this recently uploaded episode of Walt Disney Presents. I'm always so happy to find these wonderful shows that I miss so dearly from The Disney Channel (yes, back in its good old days). I wonder how my neighbors would feel if I installed a full size version of that super cool dancing topiary model in my front yard?! Hmmmm...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
When news of him came the following day, I met it with mixed emotions. I was never fortunate enough to know or even meet Ollie, as many in the Disney community have, but so many of my beautiful childhood memories are wrapped up with the incredible work he did. I have been so thankful for the blood, sweat, and tears he put into his craft to help deliver something to the public that would become a part of their soul in many ways. Those films are a part of me, and I've been long appreciative to the incredible Nine Old Men, as well as the lesser known artists for giving me countless of remarkable, unforgettable moments.
So, yes. I was sad. But in another way, happy. Happy to know that Heaven is a greater and even more creative place than it was just a few days ago. Happy that I know he was greeted by incredible people that we all have come to respect, and most happy to know that he was reunited with his wife and best friend, Frank Thomas. I never knew how he was able to carry on without the both of them. I don't think I could if put in the same situation.
So, here's to a life superbly lived. May we all strive for similar excellence in our crafts. My life-long admiration to you, Ollie. To quote a song sung by another amazing artist in his own right, "Thanks for the memories..."
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Ah, October. October 1985 to be exact. We've come several months forward since our last Disney Channel Magazine post.
Every October, the Disney Channel would feature much Halloween programming, that seemed to increase throughout the years until the channel's downfall. This year we had the very popular "A Disney Halloween" as well as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and the classic "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Much like "The Watcher in the Woods," that movie freaked me out as a kid, but I loved it anyway!
In later years, the channel would also see my childhood Halloween favorite, "Witch's Night Out".
In addition to the fun Halloween programming, we have the classics ranging from Chaplin's "Monsieur Verdoux" to Annette in "The Monkey's Uncle."
One of the greatest things about the Disney Channel was its variety. You could watch brand new episodes of Danger Bay, and later on catch up on a classic episode of Ozzie and Harriet, while having learned a bit about Marc Davis on "A Disney Family Album". You could literally watch the channel all day, be entertained and be educated. It was great stuff and I miss it everyday!
I have included a couple of articles from this issue. Danger Bay was a great show, and of course, reading about the "New Management" is always interesting in hindsight.
Stay tuned for part 2!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
I'm confident by the comments left on the video that there are other people out there who have been searching for this, too. I found it a few months ago, but didn't think to put it up on the blog until now, with the whole Disney Channel topic running. So, for those people, here it is! Let's hope other people upload other episodes! (For those of you who checked out the previous post, you will find mention of Contraption in that Disney Channel Magazine.) I'm only posting the first portion. You can link to the other 3 parts by navigating your contraption mobile on over to YouTube.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Have a great week, everyone!
All righty! We have had a request for The Disney Channel- the way it used to be! I know there are a lot of people out there who feel the same way about the channel as I do. It was truly a wonderful channel back in the day, and to see what it has become is rather depressing. For those of you who like to look back on how things were in better times, or for those who are trying to recall a certain program or film that was shown on the channel, this post's for you! If you're like me and you are a child of the 80's who grew up on The Disney Channel, a nice little portion of your childhood is contained in these pages. No doubt a trip over to YouTube to find some of these gems will follow shortly!
I will be posting some more Disney Channel Magazines in the near future from other years. Keep in mind I will only be posting programming. If anyone would like me to post the articles in the magazine, just shout and I'll be very happy to do so.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Happy New Year!!!!
My best wishes to all of you for an amazing 2008! May the year bring you more love than you've ever experienced, more wishes than you ever had granted, and more happiness than you've ever known!
Today I bring you some Snow White offerings... and there's a reason for this. It's my little reminder to you all, I suppose. Dream big for the New Year, just like Walt did. No matter how remote the chances of your dream coming true, dream it, believe it, and do it, and don't believe anyone who tells you you're crazy. Snow White and Disneyland serve as reminders of that for me. I hope they do for you, too. Anything is possible this year!
I came across these fun little clippings whilst going through the archives of one of my local papers. Check it out... Snow White's very first showing, and they had the nerve to show it for one day only!!! Absurd!! (Yes, I know this was typical, but it's still not right!) Plus, that's quite a drive north back then to see a film. I wish I could find out what the turn out was like.
For those of you who enjoyed the OTR Pinocchio, here is Snow White, with a bit of Walt speaking with Cecil B. DeMille in the intro. He sounds excited. I love it! Have fun, everyone! :)
Lux Radio Theatre- December 26, 1938