You’ve wandered into the topsy-turvy world of Tulgey Wood, the blog of writer and historian Jim Fanning. Tulgey Wood celebrates artistry and creativity (and sometimes just plain madness): movies, animation, TV, books, comics—and of course Disney, lots and lots of true-blue, through-and-through Disney, including D23 and Disney twenty-three Magazine, and Sketches Magazine and the Walt Disney Collectors Society. Tulgey Wood is so fun, fascinating and full of frolicsome photos and facts, it’s scary. So wander through the wonder of it all, and enjoy.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Some Boos From (And For) Some Baddies

The Countdown to Halloween 2016 continues with this beautiful cover featuring some villains whose behavior is not so beautiful. Though everyone has their favorite, it's hard to think of Disney villains more classic than these baddies, scaring up some boo-tiful frights on the cover of Disney Catalog Fall Preview 2003. Interestingly, Maleficent is the only magical villains of this terrible trio, though we also have a nefarious pirate and an outrageous fashionista. Guess which one is most to be feared? (Think The Devil Wears Spotted Fur.) Be sure and stop back all through October here at Tulgey Wood for more chills, thrills and probably some spills. (Irv, I was never in aisle seven!) 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

B & V & A Find A Fall Full Of Halloween Fun

Archie always delivers for Halloween, even when he has to share space with Veronica and Betty (not that he minds!) and a very large, very Halloween-y jack-o-lantern (and yes, I resisted the temptation to call it the Great Pumpkin). This fun cover of B & V Friends Halloween Annual (available in shops and stands as of October 5) is by Archie fan fave Dan Parent, who also wrote and drew (penciled) the new story, "The Costume Calamity," within the issue itself. More Archie, more comics, and more surprises are coming up in our Countdown To Halloween 2016, right here at Tulgey Wood.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Disney California Adventure Halloween 2016

The Countdown continues! Back here, I posted the Halloween 2016 "Your Guide To" guide for Disneyland Park. Now it's the Disney California Adventure Park guide's turn. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is spotlighted, and not surprisingly. Not only is the ghostly and scary thrill attraction perfect for Halloween Time, it's also fading away in early 2017 (January 2 is the last scheduled day) to make way for a Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. For these final months of the Tower of Terror, the park is offering “Late Check-Out” after twighlight (as in The Twilight Zone?) so that guests can experience  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in complete darkness! In a fun addition for Halloween Time, the Hollywood Tower Hotel is hosting special performances by Buena Vista Street’s own Silver Lake Sisters. Dolly, Dottie and Ethel Bounds, veterans of the vaudeville circuit known professionally as Fiddler, Fifer & Practical (or the Silver Lake Sisters. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pigging Out On A Sweet Halloween Treat (Even If It Is Green)

Hallmark produced some delicious eye-candy starring the Muppets in the early 1980s, such as this sweet take on a witch (Miss Piggy) and her treat (Kermit), who undoubtedly finds the whole thing a trick. Bring your own goodie bag back here for some Tulgey Wood treats all through October as part of the Countdown to Halloween 2016 blogathon. Don't forget to check out all the other participating blogs at the link, too.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monsters In Stereo (Pictures, That Is)

Those famous frighteners, Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster, are so fearfully favored by fans that they were given a rare honor: these mob-pleasing monsters were given their own View-Master packs. (Wolfman too!) That's right, along with Yogi Bear, Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, these creepy creatures starred in spectacular stereoscopic sets. Here's a glimpse of the cover of the Frankenstein set, originally issued in 1976, as part of our Countdown to Halloween 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Magica Takes Flight During The Season Of Fright

It's been the witching hour the last couple days of our Countdown to Halloween 2016 so here comes Magica De Spell to continue the tradition. This sultry sorceress was created just for comics by Carl Barks and she makes the cover (drawn by Andrea Freccero) of the current issue of that classic comic book, Uncle Scrooge No. 19 (actually Number 423 for all you traditionalists who follow the legacy numbering). Just one of the excellent Disney titles being published by IDW, this comic (which boasts some variant covers too) was issued on October 16, so you should be able to find it on stands or online. This post is all part of the Countdown to Halloween 2016, all this month here at Tulgey Wood.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

More Bedknobs, More Broomsticks

As previewed yesterday, today I gave a special 45th anniversary presentation about Bedknobs and Broomsticks, followed by a screening of the film, at the historic Main Theater on the Walt Disney Studios lot right here in Burbank. It was a beautiful day for a magical happening, and over 400 D23 Gold Members attended the sold-out event. (The photo of the me was taken by D23 before the event began, during the rehearsal—you can tell because I'm not wearing my sports jacket.) The Event Gift—the Star of Astoroth, just as seen in the film (see below in another D23 photo), was a big hit. To make things even more witchy and wonderful for this October event, the Walt Disney Archives had a special exhibit of materials and props, including the enchanted bedknob. Please enjoy the photos from the event (all but the first and second taken by faithful friend, sincere supporter and talented photographer Chad Russo) below... and when you're through clicking through (for a larger view) please do check out the article (plus all the photos) I wrote for D23 all about Bedknobs and Broomsticks. This wondrously witch-crafty post is part of the Countdown to Halloween 2016 blogathon. Walk up to the front porch and ring the doorbell right here at Tulgey Wood right up through October 31 for more frights and delights.  

Friday, October 7, 2016

That's The Sort Of Thing Witches Do

Welcome back for some more trick-or-treat sweets for the Countdown to Halloween 2016. October is a witchy month so, as noted before in Tulgey Wood, it's the perfect time for Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Halloween-y content aside, there are a number of October dates associated with Disney's magical musical fantasy. One is that Bedknobs and Broomsticks premiered in London 45 years ago today, on October 7, 1971. That's why tomorrow, October 8, 2016, I'll be offering a pre-screening Bedknobs and Broomsticks presentation at the D23 Gold Member event at the Walt Disney Studios. In the meantime, please enjoy the artistry of this Whitman Paper Dolls set, one of many pieces of memorabilia created to accompany the release of this witchcraft-laden film. Also, be sure and stop by and see the article I wrote (and don't miss the fascinating photos!) I wrote about Bedknobs and Broomsticks for  It's exclusive D23 member-only content only but you should be able to access it through the above links. Happy 45th anniversary,Bedknobs and Broomsticks!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Disneyland Halloween 2016

Haunted Mansion Holiday, the Night Before Christmas overlay of the classic Disneyland Park attraction, is showcased on the current Guidemap to Disneyland cover, while other Halloween appropriate attractions are highlighted on an interior page.  It's in a way ironic that guests can't experience the very Halloween-esque Haunted Mansion during October, but the reimagined version of the iconic attraction is very well done and is up through the beginning of January. Feel free to ring the Tulgey Wood doorbell although October for more tricks, treats and surprises both silly and spooky. It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween 2016 blogathon.   

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dracula, Prince Of Collectables (Universal Style)

More monsters—and it's one of the most famous monsters of all. The Universal Monsters had long been the masters of merchandise but every decade seems to bring more. This 1991 frame-tray puzzle from Golden Books, a favorite publisher and purveyor here at Tulgey Wood, was part of a whole series of official Universal Monster memorabilia.  It offers Monster Kids of all ages (but especially ages 3 through 7) a delightful way to display dexterity of the digits from that infamous star of Universal Studios' monster movies, that classic count, Dracula. This same excellent painting, capturing Bela Lugosi at his most menacing, was also issued by Golden as a 200 piece puzzle, Yet another treat from the Countdown to Halloween 2016 blogathon, continuing throughout the spookiest month right through the 31st. There's plenty more of the best candy still to be had in the treat bowl, so be sure and stop by all through October.