Friday, April 30, 2010

1987 Wood Music Box

This Snow White wooden music box dates from 1987. The lid artwork features the princess dancing with the dwarfs during the Silly Song scene. Inside is lined with gold velveteen. Wind-up key, Swiss movement. Plays Someday My Prince Will Come. Stamped "© Walt Disney Productions” on bottom. Dimensions: 4.5” x 3.5.

The box was listed in the 1987 Walt Disney Family Gift Catalog for $33.95.

Catalog page courtesy of the François Monferran Collection.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Snow White Belfast Murals

Since the 1970's, nearly 2,000 murals have been painted in Northern Ireland--the vast majority of them promoting the polarized views of the two political sides, either republican (mostly Catholic) or loyalist (mostly Protestant). Yet not all the paintings focus on political or religious differences.

Becoming increasingly popular are murals representing peace and tolerance, and a few avoid the political issues of Ireland entirely--hence we find Snow White. The mural on a brick wall depicts the Wishing Well scene. Located on Roden Street in south Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In addition, there's a series of Dwarf murals too.

All images copyright Dr. Martin Urbanus. Used with Permission.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Snow White / Star Wars Mashup

A Snow White/Star Wars mashup by

Snow White n 7 Stormtroopers

Interesting details to note:
  • Snow White is of course wearing Princess Leia's dress and hair buns, but she still has her red bow. 
  • They're in the interrogation cell room, but Snow is sitting on a carved wooden chair from the dwarfs' cottage.
  • The skull-faced apple from the Evil Queen's dungeon from the IT-O Interrogator droid employed by Darth Vader in his questioning of Leia.
  • Imperial insignias adorn the hoods of the dwarfs who have all donned stormtrooper uniforms.
  • And is that the apple on the back wall, a red Death Star, or a red planet?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dream Portrait Series

From Annie Leibovitz's Dream Portrait Series came a Disney advertisement campaign for the Year of a Million Dreams. It featured celebrities as traditional Disney characters. The first three photos appeared in January 2007. A second round featuring three more--including Rachel Weisz as Snow White--came out in October 2007.

Four more Disney-themed photos were added January 2008, with one additional--Julianne Moore as the Little Mermaid--on April 25, 2008.

By Annie Leibovitz. Images copyright Disney

Friday, April 23, 2010

Um...Snow White Crocs?

The Snow White edition of the Crocs ©Disney Princesses Mary Jane Collection. As stated on the Crocs website, it's a magical shoe for your little one. Retail price $29.99 (USD).

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Snow White Silhouette Tee

The Evil Queen keeps an eye on the young princess in this clever design by Disney Couture. The Silhouette Snow White Tee was sold online through and at shops like TrenD in Downtown Disney. Original price $39.95 (USD). No longer available.

Disney Store Item No. 102357M

Stock images copyright Disney Store

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Snow White 'Disney Picture Disc' LP

This Snow White 12" 33⅓ rpm record was issued in 1981, part of the Disney Picture Disc series of albums. Disneyland/Vista Records #3101, US. Includes the eight songs from the film plus the Overture and Finale.

SIDE ONE depicts the washing scene with Snow White looking on as the Dwarfs clean up around the tub...

SIDE TWO incorporates a collage of imagery from the Snow White story...

SIDE TWO copyright markings from 1981 "© MCMLXXXI WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS 3101" ...

The album sleeve has a circular opening on the front...

The sleeve back does not contain an opening but rather an illustration of the disc's SIDE TWO...

Although this Snow White album was issued in 1981, the sleeve has a 1980 copyright...

From Disney historian Dave Smith: The phonograph record picture disc of Snow White was released in 1981 — there were 10 others from that and the following year: Pinocchio, Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Fox and the Hound, Cinderella, Bambi, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, and Mickey Mouse Disco.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Snow White Maquette

"Maquette" is French for scale model, and it usually refers to a small preliminary model which can be used as a reference for a sculpture, a building, or in our case, an animated character. Its purpose is to test the idea in 3D form, to work out the bugs before investing the time, money and effort necessary for producing the final product. And for the animator, the maquette helps with the visualization/creation process.

It was December 1935 when Marc Davis, one of the grand masters of Disney animation, took upon himself to sculpt this Snow White maquette. It is one of the first, if not the first, animation maquette ever made.

The modern-day maquette is an essential component in the filmmaking process for animated films as well as in live-action scenes requiring CGI. Gentle Giant Studios is one of the players in this field, having worked on such movies as Avatar, the Harry Potter franchise, and Ratatouille to name just a few.

Alice Davis, administrator of the Davis Family Trust, furnished the original Snow White maquette to Gentle Giant Studios for scanning reference in the creation of a 250 limited edition authorized reproduction of Marc Davis' classic work. The piece measures approx. 9" high.

Snow White Collector Note: At the time of this writing, the Marc Davis Snow White maquette reproduction is currently being offered on ebay for around $70 (USD).

Gentle Giant Studios reproduction. Resin.


APRIL 2013 UPDATE: New photo from Disney collector Mikey Walters.

Image courtesy of WEBmikey.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Snow White Blurb in 1987 Muppet Magazine

A short blurb mentioning Snow White's "50th birthday" appeared in the "Coming Attractions" section of Muppet Magazine (Summer 1987). Other films coming to theaters included The Princess Bride, Adventures in Babysitting, and Spaceballs. What a year for movies!

Muppets Magazine image courtesy of the Dan Alexander Collection at Dizenmentia. Used with permission.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

1955 McCall's Spread - Snow White Ride

January 1955, the grand opening of Walt Disney's Disneyland is only a few months away. In anticipation, McCall's magazine featured full color concept art from the park including a spread of the Snow White's Adventures ride.

Image courtesy of Vintage Disneyland Tickets

See more from this issue of McCall's at the Vintage Disneyland Tickets blog.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Enchanted Background

Check out the wonderful post by Rob Richards over at Animated Backgrounds. The artwork featured is from the film Enchanted and includes the well known storybook opening. It was just one of the hundreds of references made in this 2007 film to older classic Disney movies.

Image via Animated Backgrounds. Copyright Walt Disney Pictures.

Out of the film's 107 minutes of running time, ten of the approximately 13 minutes of animation are at the beginning of the film. [Director Kevin] Lima tried to "cram every single piece of Disney iconic imagery" that he could into the first ten minutes, which were done in traditional cel animation as a tribute to past Disney fairy tale films such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Source: Wikipedia

All comparison images via IMDB. Copyright Walt Disney Pictures.

Giselle's Dress.