That special day is here, and to help us get into both the fun and the festive spirit of Thanksgiving Day 2018, here are the Muppets. As promised yesterday, here's an elaborate feast-for-the-eyes for this day of feasting. I mean, how many pieces of Muppet memorabilia includes Sweetums and the Swedish Chef? This Hallmark wall decoration (click on the image to see a larger version) really captures some Muppet merriment to make this special day even more special. So inspired by this delightful Muppet art, let's give thanks for all creatures who are loving and accepting of others, no matter how fuzzy or furry or colorful. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Over the years, Hallmark has created a cornucopia of holiday art—and since Thanksgiving is often overlooked, we are especially grateful for the art created for this national day of thanks. Especially when it features a member of the Peanuts gang, such as this wall decoration starring Snoopy. Be sure and come back tomorrow to see a truly remarkable piece of Hallmark memorabilia that will help us appreciate Thanksgiving Day with even more fun and festivity.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Archie is one comic-book character who knows how to celebrate a great American holiday. Here he is celebrating Thanksgiving in a classic cover from Archie's Pals 'n' Gals (no. 628, 1992). It's a bona fide Archie-fied Thanksgiving, with plenty of football-like action and (no surprise) a wisecrack from Reggie (proving that as usual he's not much of a pal).
Monday, November 19, 2018
This cover from the November 1969 issue of The Golden Magazine For Boys And Girls Illustrator Mel Crawford—famed for his comic and storybook art for Golden publications—cleverly combines two major traditions of this great American holiday, football and feasting. One look at the great turkey feast awaiting inside and No. 43 loses his head and misses the ball—and though No. 20 is none too happy, no one can blame him. This memorable cover art is the kickoff for Thanksgiving week here at Tulgey Wood.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
In celebration of Mickey's 90th today, November 18, 2018, here's a little known bit of Disney: On February 7, 1957 Walt Disney's TV series, Mickey Mouse Club presented Steamboat Willie as its Mousekartoon of the day. Head Mouseketeer, Disney Legend Jimmie Dodd gave the screening of this very special animated short a special introduction. Strumming the Mickey Mouse March (which Jimmie composed) on his Mousegetar, Jimmie then said: “Hi Mouseketeers. I’d like to talk to you today about the Mousekartoon you’re going to see. It stars our club leader , Mickey Mouse. Now what makes this Mousekartoon interesting is that it was the first one in which Mickey appeared. Not only that, it was the first Disney cartoon with sound. It’s called Steamboat Willie. It’s the story of Mickey’s adventures on a riverboat. Steamboat Willie was made in 1928. it was first shown in the Colony Theatre in New York in October [actually November], 1928. Since then it’s played all over the world—and Mickey has become pretty famous. Many of his pictures have been shown at court before kings and high rulers by royal command. A lot of countries have adopted their own names for Mickey.… Of course, to us he’ll always be Mickey Mouse. So today, Mouseketeers, when you see Steamboat Willie, remember this is the picture that gave this wonderful little guy his start. I just thought you’d like to know.“ Happy birthday to timeless, ageless, immortal Mickey.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Here we are on the big day itself! To celebrate the arrival of October 31, 2018, below is some unique and rarely seen Disney art that captures the spirit of this holiday with a special spooky touch. Created by Imagineer John Drury (aka Roberdeau), this piece was published as the cover of the October 25th, 1985 edition of Disney Newsreel, the in-house newsletter of the Disney Studio. You can discover more about John Drury here. Thank you for joining in the fun here in Tulgey Wood for the annual Countdown to Halloween. Please check back for more madness throughout the year. Happy Halloween!
As reported back here in Tulgey Woods, the Groovie Ghoulies made their debut on the Archie spinoff, Sabrina the Teen Age Witch and the Groovie Ghoulies in 1970. Since Netflix is debuting its new (live-action) series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina today, it seemed a suitable time to look back at the Ghoulies (who were given their own TV series in 1971) via the cover of their very own coloring book. You just never know what spooky surprise will jump out at you next as we continue our countdown to October 31st.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Dolly Madison, maker of all those tasty snack cakes, was one of the original sponsors (along with Peanuts perennial Coca-Cola) of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown upon its debut on this date, October 27, in 1966. The Peanuts characters also appeared on Dolly Madison packages and in specially created animated commercials, so it should come as no surprise that the cake company created some in-store signage tie-ins with the annual broadcast of this classic Halloween special.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
For the second year in a row, IDW is publishing a spooky-season comic book. Harkening back to years gone by when Disney Halloween comics (and other licensed characters such as Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker) were a regular part of the scene, Magica DeSpell's Giant Halloween Hex #2 is chock full of spooky fun.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Did you know that Ben Cooper, the famed costume company, produced a Scarecrow of Romney Marsh costume? (The photo of the haunting mask in the collection of the Walt Disney Archives, when it was on display at the Disney Studio a Halloween or two ago.) And has there been a more appropriate costume than this horrifying specter who rode through the nights of 18th-century England, seeking justice for the poor and oppressed? A three part program on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in 1964, the Scarecrow remains one of the most unforgettable yet still little known of Walt Disney's productions. To discover more about this midnight marauder with the magical laugh, click here to read the article I wrote for Disney's D23, From the Jaws off Hell: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. The Scarecrow is part of our Countdown to Halloween 2018 (click the preceding link to see the full list of the participating blogs.)