Sunday, March 29, 2020
Over the years, Whitman (an imprint of that "golden" company, Western Publishing) issued an assortment of coloring books celebrating Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom. This particular publication from 1975 features a mosaic of photos as opposed to the artwork that traditionally illustrated the Disneyland covers, as in the example posted about back here. The photos are well-chosen (not sure exactly what Chip 'n' Dale are up to, but it sure is fun) and dynamically arranged, especially with that "World on the Move," Tomorrowland, dominating as both the top third and the background. And to really make things interesting, the view of the Monorail, Matterhorn and Submarine Voyage is, in fact, a painting, It all makes for a spirited glimpse (click on the image for a larger view) of Disneyland U.S.A. just six years after the Haunted Mansion (prominently featured on the left) first creaked open its gates.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Here's a treat just for St. Patrick's Day: "The Magic Shillelah," the first episode of The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, made its debut in Living Color on NBC, right before Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. Leprechauns are on the loose, looking for their lost shillalah. This "wee folk" episode was not the first produced—it was actually the 14th episode produced. So why would Hanna-Barbera choose this installment to kick off their expensive new series? For one thing the setting is often very lavish and colorful, at least compared to several other episodes, each of which has its own style of art direction. Then features song and dance, including a dance with LuAnn Haslam as Becky Thatcher performing an Irish jig. Finally, this episode and no other features a "name" voce artist: Dennis Day, well known from The Jack Benny Program, as leprechaun Buck O'Grogan. Whatever reason this episode was selected to serve as the premiere, it's a St. Patrick's day delight. (Interestingly, NBC reran this episode on March 16th, 1969.) You can see it on the The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn DVD.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Even if they have never seen it in person, just about everyone knows the Hollywood sign. This world famous sign has quite the fascinating history—but don't take my word for it. Below is Minnie Mouse with the story behind the sign. This is "Minnie Mouse in Hollywood," a series of articles published in many issues of Walt Disney Comics Digest #18, December 1969 (probably to ensure lower postal rates for subscriptions). Enjoy this bit of Hollywood history, thanks to one of Hollywood's most enduring stars.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Honored with a Peabody Award in 1976, In The News is the legendary CBS News broadcast that was interspersed with the network's more traditional Saturday morning programming from 1971 through 1986. Reported by Christopher Glenn, this fondly recalled series of two-minute current-event broadcasts (five different reports aired each Saturday) offered solid TV journalism in the CBS News tradition. But what's little known is that In the News began as In the Know, a similar series of reports that aired on CBS Saturday mornings during the 1970-1971 season. Apart from the focus being general information rather than hard news, the main difference between the two series of reports is that In the Know was hosted and narrated by characters from Josie and the Pussycats, new on CBS that season. The Fall 1970 comic book ad below(click on it for a larger view) heralding the new CBS Saturday A.M. season gives a few "funtastic" details, while also emphasizing that this educational element was an important priority of the Saturday morning lineup on CBS.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
It's October 31, and since 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, let's take a look back at some haunting history. Or is it a look ahead? The 1965 Disneyland Pictorial Guidebook featured a preview of the Haunted Mansion four years before its opening. Prominent in this rarely seen preview is one of the most famous pieces of Disney theme-park art: the painting of a very haunted looking Haunted Mansion by Sam McKim, based on Ken Anderson's 1958 sketch. With this fascinating example of Disney art, we come to the end of our countdown for this year. Happy Halloween 2019!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Can Gyro Gearloose be part of our Countdown to Halloween 2019? Sure, because the inventor created by master Disney artist/writer Carl Barks, is something of a mad scientist, even if this mild-mannered friend of Donald Duck seldom gets mad. But more to the point, look at this cover of Walt Disney Showcase #18, October 1973. Prominently displayed is the 50 Happy Years logo, for 1973 saw Disney celebrating its golden anniversary. To discover more about one of the most spectacular celebrations in Disney history, click here to read the D23 article I wrote about 50 Happy Years. It's a great way to honor the day on which Disney was founded, October 16, 1923.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Back here Tulgey Wood took a look at the View-Master adaptation of Dracula and here a look at the View-Master Frankenstein. This year we present a look at the View-Master Monsters Gift Pack. And in this vintage ad, some of the other irresistible gift packs are also on display in this vintage ad. It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween 2019 in Tulgey Wood. And be sure to click on the preceding link and discover some other scarily good blogs celebrating Halloween.
Monday, October 14, 2019
What better way to Countdown to Halloween than with some frightfully artful art? The great Hayden Evans is holding his own day-by-day countdown to October 31with another Drawlloween celebration on Facebook of his horror-themed art that is anything but horrible. Check out his sensationally stylized art every day this October.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
In the first decades of TV Guide, the covers were almost always artful, so it's no surprise that they turned to artists to create covers as often as they turned to photographers. As the magazine continued it's slow but sure decline in 1990, its publishers at least had the ease and calls to sign up British author and former TV Guide contributor Ronald Searle to draw up this haunted house in the classic style for this October 27, 1990 Halloween edition—and it's part of Countdown to Halloween 2019 here at Tulgey Wood. This TV Guide comes courtesy of the Facebook page, The TV Time Machine. If you are on Facebook, tune in this fun-fest of classic TV of all kinds.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
50 years ago, this fall, Scooby-Doo Where Are You! debuted on CBS, on September 13, 1969—and spooky old houses, seemingly supernatural doings, villains in disguise, and meddling kids and their munchie-chomping mutts have never been the same. This silly-but scary animated TV series is among the most popular ever created. It's of course entirely fitting we salute Scooby on his 50th during our Countdown to Halloween 2019, for the cowardly Great Dane and his pals have confronted any number of ghouls and ghastly specters during their first five decades. Plenty of merchandise has paid tribute to the Scoobster, including this rare 1969 coloring book. Happy anniversary to this Hanna-Barbara headliner and may he be haunted by baddies for another 50 years.