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.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
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
Thursday, October 15, 2020
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
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!