Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Promoting Snow White

Continuing on my whole Old Time Radio thing, which I hope everyone is enjoying...
On the Lux program, Walt Disney guest appeared twice (as I know of). I have already posted the Snow White appearance, but on December 20, 1937, he did another... a sort of promo announcing his upcoming films. It appears at the end of "Song of Songs," with Marlene Dietrich and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (For those of you who want to skip ahead, Walt's portion begins around 47:00.)
The following day after this aired was the premiere of Snow White at the Carthay Circle. Walt sounds excited and eager as he speaks with Cecil B. DeMille. I love how Walt figures making Snow White on his own would have taken him 250 years. It's also quite cute to hear him working in the sponsor, Lux Flakes, into his speech. Walt also figures that the cost of Snow White's wardrobe stands at around $100,000-clearly a huge sum for the time for any one's wardrobe (as it is now!)
Walt goes on to talk a bit about film making and the upcoming feature length films- Bambi, Pinocchio, and Fantasia - as well as the shorts.
It's a very nice little time capsule that I hope you all enjoy!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A Dreamy New Year!!

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