Every visitor to Tulgey Wood undoubtedly already knows about the recently published book from Walt Disney Family Foundation and Wheldon Owen Press, The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and The Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic. This lavish art book by master animation historian John Canemaker is bursting at the seams with rich Disney art, unique early studio photos and a rare look into early special effects innovations that breathed life into the beloved classics from the Disney Golden Age, including Bambi, Pinocchio and Fantasia. In addition to the secrets behind the amazing special effects in these films, The Lost Notebook also details the astounding life of Herman Schultheis. (As another animation history great, Jerry Beck, has said, "You can't make stuff like this up.") Aside from the beautifully reproduced art and the behind-the-scenes account, all that animation fans and indeed anyone interested in filmmaking and Hollywood history need know is that this extensive book is written by John Canemaker. His as-always excellent research and writing is reason enough to make this oversized tome a must-have for everyone's library.
Monday, September 1, 2014
To celebrate this holiday for hard workers, here's a fun-filled piece of art fittingly featuring some of the hardest workers in all of Disney. In fact, these diamonds-in-the-rough love to work (and while they dig, they always sing). This mini-masterpice (framed in the center of this handout—be sure and click on it for a larger view) was created by awesome artist Pete Emslie for Walt Disney World Marketing to be given out to guests at the resort's hotels. Pete was gracious enough to "donate" this gem for display here at Tulgey Wood for a Labor Day treat. Enjoy—and as you are (hopefully) relaxing today, check out Pete's website.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The "READ" posters from the American Library Association (ALA) are well-known to just about anyone who wanders the aisles of volumes in their local library. Over the years, the READ campaign has enlisted sports figures, movie stars and musicians such as R.E.M, Paul Newman, Ewan McGregor, David Bowie and Oprah Winfrey, among many others, to promote READing as something desirable and, yes, even cool. Recent celebrities enlisted in this noble cause include Spider-Man, Nathan Fillion, and Taylor Swift, but one of my absolute favorites is from 1980. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy (elegantly costumed as an old-fashioned librarian) are showcased browsing books in a library. These lovable characters are of course fun and very effective spokes-Muppets for this important promotion. After all, when Miss Piggy says READ—you read.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This creative artwork, created especially for the Disney Catalog Summer 2003 "Summer Fun" issue, conveys a splashy sense of fun. When it was in existence, the Disney Catalog offered a good "guest" experience if only because of these beautiful covers, created in many different styles and media. Dive right in!
Monday, August 4, 2014
Even though Dolly Madison Cakes and Treats are now owned by Hostess (which died but is back from the grave), Lucy Van Pelt relaxingly reminds us how to enjoy the summer. This wonderful piece of advertising art (courtesy of Jason Beard) is a throwback to the wonderful Peanuts print ads and animated commercials for Dolly Madison, for which Snoopy and company were the mascots through several decades.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
"Summer Fun" was a warm-weather staple of the classic "funny animal" comics. This wraparound cover, by Jukka Murtosaari, is from June 1991. Part of the fun of this Summer Fun cover is the inclusion of such comic-book faves as Li'l Bad Wolf, Scamp and Super Goof. And it's perhaps a throwback to classic comics of yore that the setting combines a beach party (well, a swimming-hole party, anyhow) and a picnic party. Come on in, the comics are fine.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Here's some summer-type fun. The Flintstones featured a number of rarely-seen cast members and despite his appearance in the opening and closing titles, Baby Puss is chief among them. For Baby Puss fans, it's heartwarming to see this prehistoric pet numbered among the Flintstone family members on this fun-at-the-beach Gold Key comic-book cover (issue # 29) cover dated September 1965.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Happy August 1st! And if it's August that must mean it's time for—Christmas in July! That's right, the festivities at the Christmas in July blogfest over at Christmas TV History have been extended into its 32nd day—just in time for my turn to participate. Be sure and stop by the Christmas TV Party and see some of my favorite Christmas movies, and specials. (Hint: one of them stars Michael J. Fox, seen here on the cover of a 1986 Family Ties tie-in book, pictured with future wife Tracy Pollen as Alex P. Keaton's girlfriend, Ellen). While you are at the Christmas TV History blog check out all the other fine and fascinating participants too. After all, it's never too late for Christmas in July—even if it's August. And for all you Back to the Future fans who wonder what Marty McFly might have looked like two years prior to that infamous year of 1985, no need to find a flux capacitor...just see the image at the bottom of this post from the 1983 Christmas episode of Family Ties (from the must-see Holiday Film Reviews blog).
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
To say that Hanna-Barbara’s animated series, Top Cat, has a colorful cast of characters is to make a statement that is literally true. Not only are the cats of NYC’s Hoagy’s Alley quirky and quaint in their Damon Runyon-esque way but also they are also graphically depicted with vibrant color schemes. From Benny the Ball (purple) and Choo-Choo (pink) to the Brain (orange) and Top Cat himself (yellow) these big-town tabbies are anything but the black, white and beige tones normally seen on your every day housecat. The Hanna-Barbera artists’ decision to depict their lively felines in a rainbow of hues made their second prime-time series (after The Flintstones) more fun. First of all, cartoons are supposed to be colorful. And even though Top Cat was never broadcast in color on its short, one-season run on ABC, these primary-colored pussycats were tailor-made for tie-in publications, including storybooks, coloring books and this sticker fun book, published by Whitman.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Hanna-Barbera characters have been used for all kinds of merchandising through the years. In the 1950s, the H-B stars were featured on Kellogg’s cereal boxes. Kellogg’s was of course the sponsor of the early H-B shows such as Huckleberry Hound. Here is Snagglepuss on Cocoa Krispies. Interestingly, he is not colored in his trademark pink but in a very standard-issue brown. Did Kellogg’s think that since Snagglepuss is a lion he should be brown? Or did they alter his famous color scheme because they wanted his color to reflect the cereal? Exit, stage right!