This year was a sporadic one for the blog, but we covered some interesting topics. The majority of the year was spent on animation art, in particular animation drawings. I even tried my hand at a little animation myself :-)
We also looked at a variety of Italian movie posters
A new Zaccagnini discovery
Some David Hall storyboards
A few cels
And who could forget the Vinyl Aprons!
A variety of trading cards from around the world
Some really cool dolls
And some early attraction tickets
And last but not least, some really big leaves!
I wish every one of my faithful readers a safe and prosperous new year. See you in 2014!
This is one of those items that I knew about for a very long time before I actually acquired a copy.
This is a Belgian magazine, in Dutch, from Christmastime in 1951. I love the cover, which is good because that is the only thing Alice about this magazine. I've seen this art reproduced in other places, most notably a music book from the 1950s here in the US, but this magazine cover (I think) is the largest reproduction of the art - and in full color, the music book is only line art. I love this cover so much that I made it my Christmas card for 2012. Hope you like it too!
This magazine from Germany features a cover with two ridiculously adorable children taking a bath...or are they? Looks like perhaps these children were pasted into the picture based on hard crop lines in the bubbles. Go figure.
Anyway. This issue features your standard screenshots of the film with accompanying text, although I must say the color reproduction here is quite good.
How often do we see pictures of the bread and butterflies? Not nearly often enough!
The Arkansas State Capitol will be having an exhibition of Little Golden Books and associated materials beginning December 7th, 2013, and they are reproducing material from yours truly and his blogs as a part of it; namely the Golden Catalogs and the various foreign incarnations of the Alice books. If you are in that area I encourage you to go!
Rounding out our flower garden series of posts is this cel of the White Rose. A very scarce character, she only appears during the song, twice briefly.
The voice of the White Rose was Norma Zimmer, who is probably best remembered as Lawrence Welk's "Champagne Lady" on The Lawrence Welk Show. I remember watching this show with my grandparents when I was a kid. I was pretty young, so I don't really remember her on the show, but I do remember hearing Lawrence Welk introduce the Champagne Lady.
Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Sadly Norma Zimmer passed away two years ago in 2011.
We've had a successful year here in the Tulgey Wood, and have managed to acquire a few new cels to expand our tiny collection. I must say that I particularly love cels of the various flowers, and this is no exception. Here we see the Iris in mid warble as she warms up her voice just before the musical number "All in a Golden Afternoon".
Something we haven't seen on the blog yet, original movie memorabilia from Spain! I call this a 1-sheet, but it is really 70x100 cm, so more like 27x39. I'm not sure what the Spanish call it, but we'll settle for Spanish 1-sheet until otherwise notified.
Signed in the lower right, MCP, this was the monograph for a trio of Spanish poster artists - Ramon Marti, Josep Clave, and Hernan Pico - usually known for their film noir and action posters, guess they decided to lighten thing up in the studio they day they did this.
The art on this is similar to the American 40x60, but much nicer. I just had this sent off for linen-backing, and will proudly hang it on my wall after having lived in a box for 14 years.
UPDATE: I just received my poster back and it looks AMAZING - don't you? Thanks to the folks at Poster Mountain for doing such a great job! I plan to send a lot more of my posters their way for mounting and restoration. You should too!
It's Cyber Monday, and that means the holiday shopping season is in full swing. I've stocked a few new items in the Wonderland Bazaar, so if you see something you like, or would like to see something specific, drop by the Bazaar. I have SO much stuff that is not listed, please ask if I might have something you are looking for.
While not earth-shattering in the grand scheme of things, I did receive news this week that surprised me: The Walt Disney Classics Collection is no more. In a nutshell here's what happened. Late last year (2012) Enesco announced they would not be renewing its license for WDCC and that the license would go to another vendor. In early 2013 it was announced that PMI (that's Precious Moments Inc) had acquired the license. This was met with skepticism by the WDCC community, but when some images 'leaked' of some proposed figures (see below), the internets exploded.
While I do have a few WDCC, I can say that it is not a focus of my collection, but even I have to say these look pretty bad. Anyway, PMI stated that these were only mockups and not production figures, but lo and behold these were later released under the Disney Showcase imprint. Then this past week PMI announced on their Facebook page that they and Disney had jointly decided to not move forward with the WDCC line.
Meaning, WDCC is dead and gone. It may resurface one day, but I doubt it.
Last but not least, model WD37, another schoolbag, but with some differences. Firstly, it is smaller, about 2" small in each dimension. Secondly, it has neither a pencil pocket, lunch pocket, nor reinforced corners. Thirdly it has a snap closure flap. and finally it only comes with a shoulder strap.
And most importantly, I don't have one. So keep your eyes peeled out there!
Next up is WD30, the Schoolbag. These days I believe I would call this a satchel. The 'rubberized' material makes this very stiff after 60 years, but the 'texon' flaps are in good shape. This first one is the handled variant.
There is also a variant with a strap
and a variant with no corner reinforcements.
This particular variant actually has a different stock number JWD30 based on the catalog pages for the Peter Pan models, even though they don't specifically list an Alice J model. It also came with either a handle or a strap, but I only have the handle variation.
All of these bags came in plaid as well, and I have had plaid ones in the past, but don't have any at this time. Gotta make room for new stuff after all, can't have EVERY variation (although I do make a pretty good stab at it).