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.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Classic Monsters Calling Cards

Disney Adventures magazine featured some very cool collectible cards. (Love those illustrations by Steven Stewart—click on images for a larger view.) The accompanying article offered some eerie insight  into what frightened them from such filmmakers as Stephen Spielberg and Joe Dante. It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween

Back To Bedknobs With A New Tulgey Wood TV Video

Did you know that Tulgey Wood has a YouTube channel? If not, here's your chance to check it out, because on October 13th, I posted a new video devoted to that Countdown to Halloween favorite, Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Click below and enjoy a look at some musical memorabilia from this Disney musical fantasy. And while you are immersed in Tulgey Wood TV, check out the other videos. Ive been posting one video a week since June, and a new video debuts every Tuesday. And while you are there, please be sure and Subscribe.  

Friday, October 16, 2020

Happy Days Of Horror

October 31, 1978, was an extra special All Hallow's Eve, for that night saw the initial broadcast of "The Evil Eye," an episode of Happy Days. This hit TV series was in its sixth season, and its fun belies its supposed "jump the shark" (which was supposedly earned during its 5th season). There is a creative take on the classic "Monster Mash" song, comical costumes (Ralph Malph as Igor the hunchback), and best of all, long stretches where Fonzie is not seen. Don't get me wrong, I love Henry Winkler as the Fonz, but this character was created to be an outsider and used in small doses. (Not to say there would not be episodes wherein he is the main character.) Best and most delightfully for me is Ron Howard as Richie mimics a monster. Ron Howard gets to play more comedy in this series than is usually remembered, but here he plays something he really gets to do: be goofy and—as a bonus for us—in a grin-inducing Countdown to Halloween way.  


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Keeping Up With The Kreeps

Archie is a Countdown to Halloween fave here in Tulgey Wood, so let's turn to our reliable source for out-of-the-ordinary Archie comic stories of action, danger, suspense and /or strangeness, Life With Archie. #39 from 1965. In the midst of monster-next-door TV comedies such as The Munsters and The Addams Family, Archie meets a family of monsters, the Kreeps. Hey, it worked for the Flintstones, why not for Archie Andrews?  


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Bottled-Up Spirits

Speaking of the Haunted Mansion (see yesterday's post), these Host A Ghost Spirit Jars  were issued last year for the 50th anniversary of the classic attraction's debut in 1969. (Spoiler alert: these stylish collectables are still available at ShopDisney.) Part of the Haunted Mansion ''Relics From Regions Beyond'' Collection, these translucent bottles (packaged in a premium presentation box with satin interior and ribbon) each contain an illuminated Haunted Mansion character, conjured up by Madame Leota. The apothecary jars  shown here are from the collections of Disney enthusiasts Dean Brinkerhoff and Kaylee Holt, who also took these photos. Many thanks for these extra-special Countdown to Halloween treats.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Not-So-Lonesome Ghosts Find Friends At Haunted Mansion

Published in the Fall 1989 issue of Disney News, this marvelously macabre mashes up the transparently silly trio of spooks from Walt Disney's Lonesome Ghosts (1937), Mickey's pals Goofy, Donald and Daisy (but not Mickey himself), and the classic Disney theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion. Each of the Mickey's friends have their own reaction, right down to Daisy being ok with a ghostly appertain as long as he's winking at her. The delightful spooky-season painting by Disney illustrator Don Williams is a feast-for-the-eyes Countdown to Halloween treat. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Peter Parker Faces A Pumpkin

What could be better for the Halloween season than the Marvel villain Jack O'Lantern? And who better to battle this spooky time baddie than Spider-Man? It's all here in this stylishly spidery Frank Miller cover from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #56 July 1981. And while not intended as a specifically a spooky season tie-in, this cover puts us in the just the right mood for the Countdown to Halloween. 


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Something Wicked For Halloween

Ready for a maximum of treats and a minimum of tricks as the Countdown to Halloween continues? Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) has become a Halloween favorite. Below is a story while the film was in production in the Studio newsletter Disney Newsreel, from the new backlot small town set to the elaborate homes built inside Stage 4. One fun fact for hardcore Disney fans not mentioned in the article is that Royal Dano portrays lightening rod salesman Tom Fury. This veteran character actor is perhaps better known as the performer hand chosen by Walt Disney as the voice of Abraham Lincoln in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.  

Saturday, October 10, 2020

It's "Trick Or Treat" Day (But That Doesn't Mean Our Countdown Is Over)

On this October day in 1952—October 10, 1952, to be precise—Walt Disney's Trick or Treat first saw the inside of movie theaters, and movie audiences first laid eyes on Witch Hazel. And what an eyeful she is! As is this classic animated short, that is a Halloween favorite. Be sure and see the article I wrote for D23 a few Halloweens back here. And in the meantime, enjoy this mask that was published as the back cover of Donald Duck #26, the comic book that included Carl Barks' classic adaptation of the animated short. It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween. Be sure and check back tomorrow for more fun. 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Which Hazel Is Which?

As we continue to Countdown to Halloween 2020, here's a fun Halloween issue of Looney Tunes Magazine from 1990. The ghostly cover is drawn in the classic Chuck Jones style by Juan Ortiz and Bob Pasquale from a concept by Eric Doescher. Inside, is another Jones-style feature, starring Witch Hazel, in which the old bag (pardon me, I mean old hag) teaches trick-or-treaters how to make wind chimes that make some Halloween-friendly chain-like clanking sound. This soundly spooky article was written by Rob Dinsmoor with excellent art by Dan Haskett and Bob Pasquale. Witch Hazel was introduced in Bewitched Bunny (1954), voiced by the great Bea Benaderet, and later by the leading lady of animation voices, June Foray. But in case there is any doubt, Disney's Witch Hazel came first, in Trick or Treat (1952), where she is voiced by (who else?) June Foray. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

A Phantasmagorical Vision Of Oz (Complete With Talking Hen)

Much has been made of the darker vision of the Land of Oz seen in Disney's Return to Oz (1985).  So as the film celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, it only seems appropriate to incorporate all the spookiness and scariness of this often-overlooked Disney film into our 2020 Countdown to Halloween. A vintage article from the employee newsletter Disney Newsreel details some of the work of Creature Design Supervisor Lyle Conway (who had worked with Jim Henson on The Dark Crystal, among other projects), including electronically controlled figures of Billina, a talking hen who accompanies Dorothy on her new trek though Oz. A glimpse at one of the Little Golden Books retelling of the film's story gives us an indication of Billina's devotion to Dorothy when she is confronted by the evil Mombi. Will these Ozian wicked witches ever learn? Don't mess with Dorothy—or her Plymouth Rock Buff laying hen. 


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October Means Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks premiered in London (in England, you might say) on October 7, 1971. The debut of this Oscar-winning musical-fantasy was accompanied by some captivating memorabilia. Not least among the magical merch is the Aladdin lunch kit, complete with some charmingly interpretive art. Lucky for us this winningly witchy movie debuted in October because that earns it an honored place in our annual Countdown to Halloween. Come back throughout October for more magic. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Phantom Blot Blots Things Out For Halloween

Though not a Halloween cover specifically, the cover of the 2017 one-shot Donald and Mickey comic book qualifies as a spooky-season entry for its atmospheric scariness—and especially for its inclusion of the sinister Phantom Blot. As indicated back here, the Blot is a bona-fide Disney villain who is something of comic superstar. Here, in cover art by Andrea Freccero, illustrating the 2006 story, "The Big Fat Flat Blot Plot," the shrouded baddie helps us continue in a singular sinister way, our Countdown to Halloween 2020. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Focus Is On Hocus Pocus For Halloween

It's fun to see that Disney's Hocus Pocus (1993) has taken to the full moon-lit skies as a fan-favorite, especially during Halloween time. And that of course means some fun merch and tempting tie-ins. Box Lunch offers a line-up of delicious Hocus Pocus memorabilia, including a game that has gotta be fun to play on Halloween night (or any night). One of my favorite websites/blogs, Dinosaur Dracula (if you haven't visited this spectacular site full of fun videos, photos and finds, hop on your vacuum cleaner and fly over there right now), has spotlighted Hocus Pocus cookies, an unexpected but perfect Halloween treat. And at his Dinosaur Dracula Instagram account, Mad Matt features a Carvel ice-cream treat themed to the cult favorite. I love the cartoony art of the silly-but-sinister Sanderson sisters used on all three of these themed examples. Enjoy these wonderfully witchy finds as part of our Countdown to Halloween 2020 celebration. And be sure and check out the Hocus Pocus article I wrote for D23

Sunday, October 4, 2020

TCM Scares Up Some Scares That Don't Compare To 2020

October is always a hoot at Turner Classic Movies, but this year there are more scares off the TV screen than on. TCM assures us that, in a fun (in a twisted kind of way) trailer that still emphasizes the classic movie channel's Halloween-time lineup of all manner of menacing movies, the onscreen monsters are less scary than what we are facing each day IRL. It's worth noting that, after a number of years with October's TCM Star of the Month as the Monster of the Month, this year the cable channel is back to a Star, but a Star who has played a monster or two, Peter Cushing. So check out TCM's spooky season lineup, especially on Fright Favorites on Fridays, hosted by author and horror movie expert, David J. Skal.  It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween 2020. Be sure and click on the preceding link and visit some of the other participating Crypt Keepers for more spook-time fun. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Hi To You And Hi To Me, Hi to Everyone Who's Celebrating The 65th Anniversary Of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club

 On Monday, October 3, 1955, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club was on the air! On that day, 65 years ago today, one of the most famous (fa-mouse?) figures in show biz/pop culture/film invaded TV and introduced a slew of child actors that just about no one had ever heard of. By the end of that first week, Annette, Bobby, Darlene and the rest of the Mouseketeers, were stars (especiallyAnnette). To celebrate this milestone anniversary, and to tie in with our Countdown to Halloween 2020, here's a reminder that adorable mini-Mouseketeers Karen and Cubby recorded a cover of the theme from Trick or Treat (1952). Happy Halloween-time to all, happy 65th anniversary to Mickey Mouse Club!