Monday, May 31, 2010

Artifact Update - Piece From Snow White Ride

About 3 weeks ago, I was given a tip from Richard over at (ghoula is short for Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles) that there was going to be a Snow White "artifact" on display for one night only at the May installment of their monthly meetings. It was said to be an object from the original 1955 Disneyland Snow White Ride before the renovation of 1983.

May 13th, the night of the gathering, came and went. Being two thousand miles away at the time, I figured that was the end of it, and I'd never really learn anything more about this mystery item.

But then a week later, I received a comment on my blog that simply said, Can I send you a picture of the artifact? My response was of course a big "YES".

Now here, thanks to Richard, is the story (and picture) of the artifact from the original Disneyland Snow White Ride:
As you can see, it is a piece of the exterior mural at the entrance to the old Snow White dark ride. It is the only surviving piece of that mural (if what this collector says is true).


According to the collector, the back story is...

When the new Fantasyland was being built in 1983, the plans called for the demolition of the wall (with the mural) to make room for the larger loading area. One of the workers on that construction site wanted to save the piece of the mural with Snow White and give it to his wife as a gift (like she is the "fairest in the land"). However, he was too late. When he went to get it, that section of the wall with Snow White had already been destroyed. The only portion of the wall left was the section with the Witch over the cauldron. Quickly, he used an exacto knife and cut out this piece, struggling to remove the canvas that had been glued to the wall (hence the creases in the painting). The wall was leveled, and all the bits of the mural were thrown away with the rubble. Unfortunately, when he presented the Witch to his wife, she was not amused and didn't appreciate what the painting possibly said about her. So the worker got rid of it, where it fell into the hands of this collector.

The collector who owns it wishes to remain anonymous, and one night with no promotion about it was unfortunately the deal. Now, it is back in the vault, and those who came to the event have their pictures.

Thanks again to Richard for sharing this bit of interesting Snow White history.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Snow White Cast Members in the Park

Soft focus Disneyland Snow White. Image courtesy of matterhorn via Stuff from The Park blog. Used with permission.

Disneyland Snow White from 1999. Image courtesy of starberryshyne. Used with permission.

Snow White from MGM Studios parade.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hollywood Stories - Stephen Schochet on Lucille La Verne

In the short video below, storyteller Stephen Schochet shares the well-known anecdote involving Lucille La Verne and her recording session for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The actress who voiced both the Evil Queen and the Witch achieved that distinctive sound for the more ragtag of the two characters through some very original improvisation.

Lucille La Verne  pose struck for animator Joe Grant during the dialog recording session.

Schochet is author and narrator of numerous Hollywood tales including the audiobook Fascinating Walt Disney. In the bonus video below, learn anecdotal information about Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and Sid Grauman as well as Mary Pickford and how she was inadvertently responsible for the creation of the handprints in cement at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre Forecourt.

Bonus video.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Brian Sibley - From Snow White and Pooh to Hobbits and Poppins!

Well-known British author, Brian Sibley, is one prolific writer! In fact, you need to be one fast reader (or listener) if you hope to keep up with all the material he has published. From his books to radio broadcasts, the subject matter he covers is some of the most fascinating and entertaining on the planet.

I know of Brian's work first and foremost from his co-authored book (with Richard Holliss), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Making of the Classic Film. The text examines in detail just how Walt Disney and his team of animators created this landmark film. Published in 1987, this title was an excellent compliment to the movie's 50th anniversary. Re-issued in 1994, it accompanied the first ever home video release of Snow White. Beautifully illustrated with images of original concept art, background sketches, cel art, and vintage posters, it's a great read and a must for any animation enthusiast, classic Disney fan, or up-and-coming Snow White votary. I've read it several times cover to cover.

Cover © 1987 Simon and Schuster. Scan courtesy of Greg Philip of A Lost Film.

Cover © 1994 Hyperion

Cover © 1994 Disney Editions

Books: In addition to writing about Snow White, his books include (to name a few) The Disney Studio Story, Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times, The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy, and Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen if You Let It.

Radio: His career in radio began with a 1974 broadcast to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. He's written both documentaries and dramatizations including programs on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings (below).  He's also created broadcasts on such writers as Ambrose Bierce, Roald Dahl, and Ray Bradbury (again, to name just a few). 

Video: Brian has appeared on numerous bonus DVD extras including those for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also see below the voice over in the trailer for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story.

Video posted on youtube by brianonthebox (aka Brian Sibley)

Finally, here's a plug for Mr. Sibley's new blog, Decidedly Disney. One of the first posts happens to be on Snow White sugar cookies. Decidedly delicious!

Brian Sibley's Snow White Sugar Cookies

Sugar Snow and the Seven. Image © Brian Sibley 2010

Read about Brian's 10+ year-old Snow White cookies on his Decidedly Disney blog.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Magic Mirror Menu

Magic Mirror menu from 2009 Blu-ray release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Freeze frame example...

Screen Capture

Friday, May 21, 2010

Disney Store "Mine Train" Pin Set, 2001

In the Fall of 2001, the Disney Store celebrated Walt's 100th birthday with the exclusive 100 Years of Dreams pin series. The collection naturally consisted of 100 pins and featured classic characters from the Disney canon of animated and live-action films.

Up to eight new pins were introduced each Saturday from September 22nd to December 15th. Packaged on cards with the 100 Years graphic, most cost $5 a piece. The backside of each pin was decorated with Walt Disney's signatures and stamped with the individual series number plus the usual copyright markings, "© Disney 2001 Made in China".

The first Snow White in the group was pin #10, released on September 29th. It spotlighted the 1937 one-sheet movie poster.


All images from the Filmic Light Collection (except pin card: copyright Dispins).


On October 9th, just days after the film was released on Platinum DVD, Snow White herself was introduced in the first of the Dwarfs' Mine Train set. This collection of eight pins featured the princess followed by all seven of the dwarfs in interlocking mine cars.


A new dwarf would be released each week for the next seven Saturdays, and I was there in the store for everyone of them. While Dopey is the first dwarf to follow Snow White in the train lineup, Grumpy was actually the next pin to be issued.

The Pins...










Pin Backs...






Thursday, May 20, 2010

Snow White Figure Bank

This Snow White bank was purchased from the Disney Store circa 2002. Composed of PVC plastic, it measures approximately 8.5" tall. Manufactured by Enesco as part of their Disney Classics collection. Made in China.

The bank was packaged in plastic with a decorative paperboard backdrop.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Evil Queen Premium Format Figure

The Evil Queen Premium Format Figure came out in 2009. Made of polystone (resin), each piece was individually painted and dressed in a detailed, real fabric costume. The Sideshow Collectibles' exclusive version included a unique feature available nowhere else: a spell book, skull and raven figure.

Above images via Sideshow Collectibles.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Snow White Bouncers

When this post was first started, it was because I'd stumbled upon this first Snow White-themed inflatable bouncer. I thought it was sort of unique, a one-of-a-kind deal. I was mistaken.

Available for rental from Bounce Around in Auckland, New Zealand, this blow up Snow White Bouncer is hired out for kids birthday parties, school events and public functions. Cost per hire: $195.00 (NZD), 5 hour hire, extra time $50 per hour. Sorry no Adult Bouncy Castles available. Ages up to 5 years only.

Next I found this Snow White Bouncer offered by Argo Production House in Hong Kong.

Then the bouncers started popping up all over the place in Google searches. The Snow White Bouncy Castle is available for rental, £65 a day from Bounce Krazee. Located in High Wycombe, UK, they rent out inflatables in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire. This one's for ages up to 12 years old.

Bouncy Snow White, £60.00 a day from Sasaquads in London, UK.

Snow White Bouncer, £50 a day from Bump 'n' Jump in Hampshire, UK.

Snow White Jump-n-Slide, from Fun Play Inflatables in Bucharest, Romania + another Snow White Bouncer, $95 a day from Candy the Happiest Clown in Miami, Florida.

The Disney Princess Castle from Bounce Arena in the Hudson Valley of New York + the Disney Princess Combo, $250 a day from Awesome Party Inflatables in Tampa, Florida.

If you haven't gotten enough, there are plenty more Snow White inflatables out there for all your bouncing pleasure.