Monday, December 22, 2014

Original Pan Background Auction Result

On Friday December 19th, 2014, Profiles in History held a major animation art auction in conjunction with the Van Eaton Gallery.  In it this beautiful pan background was sold for a whopping $65,000.00 + buyer's premium, totaling $81,250.00.
According to the auction listing:
In the feature, the camera pans across this spectacular master background of house and grounds, with a view of gardens, flowering forest beyond and incredible starry sky. Disney Studio created the pan cel for exhibition purposes. This set of originals was included in The Art of Animation exhibits shown in America, Europe and Japan in the 1950s into the early 1960s. The Art of Animation was the last major touring exhibition of Disney Studio art sponsored by the Disney Company. This artwork is also published on page 55 of The Art and Flair of Mary Blair book by John Canemaker.
While the auction says that the cel was created by the studio, one wonders why they got her legs wrong?

The auction had hundreds of amazing items, including many Alice cels, paintings and drawings.  The full catalog can be viewed here and here.

I was fortunate enough to acquire two items in this auction, more on those when they arrive after the holidays!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ed Wynn's 128th Birthday - Live Action Reference Photo A-SPEC-160C

Today is Ed Wynn's 128th birthday, born Nov 9, 1886.  He passed away only 6 months before Walt on Jun 16, 1966 at 80.
This live action reference photo is classic Ed Wynn and Mad Hatter.  I can just hear that thilly lithspy voice, can't you?

Monday, November 3, 2014

That Was a Much Longer Break Than I Had Intended

Wow.  Sorry about the 2-month break there folks, real life just has this annoying habit of getting in the way.  But with the holiday season rampaging towards us, I will try to have the odd post here and there, but probably won't be back into the full swing of things until the New Year.  Until then, here is a cool photo of NPH and his family for Halloween.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween - And Happy Birthday to Me

So I have the coolest friends on the world. Check out my birthday present - real lanterns from Disneyland's Mad Tea Party! Soon to be refurbished and lit :-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dalla Magazine #1 1953 from Germany

From Germany comes this children's magazine I've not heard of before, Dalla.  Seems to be typical of the children's magazines of the times, very short stories on a variety of topics suitable for younger readers.
But wait, here is a one page article on Disney's Alice, complete with color photographs from the film.  All are pretty standard fare except the first, which is unusual and not familiar to me from any other publications.
The last picture too is unusual in that it has been reversed for publication.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Parents magazine September 1951

Thanks to Jerry Beck over at Cartoon Research for alerting me to the existence of this magazine, although it did take me nearly 5 years to locate a complete copy of it.  The September issue is a trove of Alice content, both large and small.
First up is a tiny tiny blurb for Alice in the Family Movie Guide section.
Apparently it is an excellent film for adults and youths but children need some preparation.  And it is a Parents' Magazine Family Medal Award film to boot!
Next up is an ad for an Alice school bag.
While not the Disney bags we saw back in this post, it nevertheless exhibits a phenomenon that still occurs today:  third party merchandising.  Seemingly for every Disney movie ever released, there is a slew of other merchandise that is NOT Disney, but riding the publicity wave caused by the Disney film.  In this case, other Alice merchandise not licensed by Disney but still Alice themed.  One of the problems with filming stories in the public domain.
Next up is this great ad for Children's Digest magazine, which I blogged about way back in the first year of the blog, nearly six years ago!  Wow, has it been that long?
And finally another great ad, this time for Alice in Wonderland themed children's clothing.
Togs like toys for girls and boys.  What a great tag line.  And this ad solved a mystery that had eluded me for nearly 20 years.  It mentions picture buttons.  I have one of these, but have never been able to figure out from where it came.  Now I know!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Promotional Photo of Kathy Holding Kitten A-SPEC-132 - with LOTS of Mary Blair Art

Today the family and I are at the Walt Disney Family Museum visiting the Mary Blair exhibit.  Seems a perfect time for this post.

What a great photo.  Kathy at her cutest holding a little kitten.  And just look at that art!
It is a Mary Blair extravaganza behind her.  Oh to have even one of those.  Many of them I've seen cross the auction block in the past few years, how many can you recognize?

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