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Monday
Aug272012

Hidden Disneyland Details - The Three Marionettes

As Disneyland guests exit Pinocchio's Daring Journey, they pass by an often overlooked window display. Featured in a little workshop-inspired vignette are three marionettes, Pinocchio, a girl in a green dress and an unpainted wooden figure.


Three Marionettes in Fantasyland, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Probably added during Fantasyland's 1983 refurbishment, the three marionettes are meant to symbolize Disneyland. Pinocchio, the star of Walt Disney's 1940 animated feature, is a reminder of Disneyland's storied past. The doll in the green dress is a dressed like a Fantasyland Cast Member. The Cast Member marionette symbolizes the present day and the people who make Disneyland such a happy place. The unfinished marionette represents the infinite possibilities in Disneyland's future.

 

Monday
Aug202012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Storybook Land - Canal Boat Hidden Mickey

 

On July 17, 1955, Canal Boats of the World opened as one of Disneyland's original attractions. However, the attraction was only partially completed, as money was tight and the construction deadlines even tighter. After a couple months, the lackluster attraction was closed to be remodeled. When the ride reopened on June 16, 1956, it featured Disney-inspired miniatures, improved landscaped and a Monstro the Whale for the boats to sail into. With its storybook-themed villages, the attraction was renamed the Storybook Land Canal Boats.

Each of the cute little canal boats has been christened with a Disney name and decorated to match. Belle features paintings of Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and other Beauty & the Beast characters painted onto the hull. Sebastian and Flounder have beem painted onto Ariel's namesake, which carries a seafoam green, Little Mermaid-themed paint scheme.

Hidden Mickey hunters should keep an eye out for Flora, named after one of Sleeping Beauty's fairy godmothers. The predomninantly pink canal boat features floral-themed embelishments. A small, purple Hidden Mickey has been hidden along with all of Flora's flowers.

Friday
Aug172012

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Electrifies the San Diego Comic-Con

Walt Disney Studios electrified the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con with multiple incarnations of Tim Burton's newest featured project, Frankenweenie.

A cult figure at Comic-Con, Burton's dark, quirky style has loyal fans excited about the black & white stop-motion animated feature. Frankenweenie (2012) is a Mary Shelley-inpired tale about a young boy who brings his dead dog back to life. In a Burtonesque twist of fate, the talented Tim Burton returns to Disney Studios, creating a full-length feature inspired by the Frankenweenie (1984) short-film that led to his firing as a young Disney animator and director.

On June 12, a month before doors opened to convention attendees, Walt Disney Pictures sponsored Frankenweenie Comic-Con banners that appeared all over Downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp District. Hanging on lightposts from Petco Park to Point Loma, the ads featured a stitched-up Sparky, Frankenweenie's four-legged star.

Frankenweenie Banner in San Diego's Historic Gaslamp District

At 2:05pm on Thursday, July 12, Walt Disney Studios presented Frankenweenie inside the San Diego Comic-Con's marquee venue, Hall H. To attend the afternoon event, many of Burton's fans lined up before dawn, competing with Twilight fans for coveted Hall H seating. Those lucky enough to get in were treated to Frankenweenie previews and a special Q & A panel with Tim Burton.

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie in SDCC's Hall H - Photo by Loren Javier

Following the Hall H panel, Walt Disney Pictures whisked Burton, actor Atticus Shaffer and producers Don Hahn and Allison Abate to a press conference held at the Bayside Hilton. Media outlets asked questions about the black & white Frankenweenie project, including technical aspects related to stop motion animation and the intricately made puppets. Burton also remembered attending the San Diego Comic-Con in the late 70's as a college student, when the event was little more than a collection of comic book dealers in a rented hall.

Frankenweenie Press Panel - (L-R) Don Hahn, Atticus Shaffer, Tim Burton & Allison Abate

Frankenweenie Director Tim Burton

Home & Garden Television partnered with Walt Disney Pictures to create HGTV's Electrifying Garden, a Frankenweenie-style crossover featuring a pet cemetery, Frankenweenie trailers and spooky loooking plants. The Burton-inspired exhibit was located in front of the Gaslamp Hilton, just across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center.

Electrifying Garden guests were invited to take photos, which were green-screened to place subjects in New Holland, Tim Burton's suburban setting for Frankenweenie. Every attendee enterprising enough to cross the street and enter the HGTV tent also received special Frankenweenie mini-tote bags and San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Sparky pins.

Frankenweenie Tote Bags from HGTV's Electrifying Garden

HGTV's Electrifying Garden - San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Sparky PinsEven if Comic-Con attendees decided walking to the Gaslamp Quarter was too much effort and skipped the HGTV event, the Comic-Con's main convention floor featured plenty of Frankeweenie.

The fun folks from Funko featured a pair of SDCC 2012 Frankenweenie Exclusives. Funko's Sparkysaurus figure and Frankenweenie T-Shirts drew long lines, as people vultured around the Funko booth to purchase the popular items.

Funko's Sparkysaurus Figure and Frankenweenie T-Shirt

Gentle Giant also had a little Frankenweenie to show conventioneers. Their Frankenweenie collection included several figures patterned after Frankweenie characters, as well as the cute and cuddly Sparky plush.

The biggest Frankenweenie-related draw, besides Tim Burton himself, was the Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition. The gallery of stop motion puppets, movie props and Burton's concept art created a constant crowd clamoring to get their first peeks at Frankweenie. The movie's official traveling exhibition made the San Diego Comic-Con its second out of eight worldwide stops. The five day stop in San Diego allowed fans in Southern California a sneak preview. For those who missed out, Vincent, Sparky and the exhibition gallery will re-appear at the Disney California Adventure Park from September 14th to November 5th, in time to build buzz for the Frankenweenie's theatrical debut on October 5, 2012.

Sparky Stop-Motion Puppet - Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit

Monday
Aug132012

Hidden Mickey Monday ºoº - Buena Vista Street - Julius Katz & Sons - Window Display Mickeys

Over the past five years, the folks from Imagineering have outdone themselves revamping the Disney California Adventure Park. In addition to creating a new land and new attractions, Imagineers pulled from Walt Disney's past to give DCA's main thoroughfare a distinctively Disney feel.

Carthay Circle Theater Cosntruction - Disney California Adventure Park - April 2011The Carthay Circle Theater - Disney California Adventure Park - March 2012

Using Walt Disney's journey to 1920's Los Angeles as a template, WDI created a California Adventure counterpart to Disneyland's Main Street. Although Disney died in 1966, Buena Vista Street feels magical, as if it were finished with Walt's personal touch. After recreating iconic landmark's from Hollywood's past, Imagineering completed the illusion, by staging Buena Vista Street with dozens of historic Disney Details and a few Hidden Mickeys.


Julis Katz & Sons Storefront - Buena Vista Street - DCA

The only repair shop on Buena Vista Street, Julius Katz & Sons features radios, cameras, watches, televisions and other mechanical items from the 1920's & 30's. The items on display in the Katz & Sons front window, include a vintage television set featuring a Classic Mickey test screen and several Mickey-shaped antique locks.

Test Screen Hidden Mickey on a 1920's-era television - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street

Test cards or test patterns were used calibrate early televisions and broadcast cameras. In an era when stations did not have programming to broadcast twety-four hours a day, test patterns also let viewers know that they were receiving signals (but no programming) from a specific broadcast station. In a nod to television's infancy, Imagineer's staged the window with a six-inch wide television screen, state of the art for the late 1920's.

Classic Mickey shaped antique locks in a display window - Julius Katz & Sons - Buena Vista Street

The pair Mickey-shaped antique locks are on display, hanging in a case above the television set. Imagineers understand that Disney is in the Details, so decorating choices are usually conscious ones. Mickey-shaped items are often used as Hidden Mickeys, especially antique locks, cameras with unusually shaped lenses and double alarms with bells as Mickey ears.

 

Saturday
Aug112012

Hidden Disney Details - DCA's Red Car Trolleys

In 1901, real estate mogul Henry Hunington purchased several small Southern California transportation providers and consolidated them into the Pacific Electric Railway. He boosted ridership by extending the light rail routes throughout Los Angeles County and into the adjacent Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino Counties. Under Hunington's leadership, all of the Pacific Electric's urban cars were painted red, leading to the iconic Red Car nickname.

At its height, more than 900 Pacific Electric cars served approximately 100 million passengers a year. Although the light rail system enjoyed its busiest year in 1944, the advent of the automobile led to a steep decline in ridership post World War II. The icon's luster finally faded on April 8, 1961, as the Red Car Trolley made its last trip on the line connecting Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A Red Car takes passengers from Buena Vista Street to Hollywood Land.When Walt Disney moved to Hollywood in August of 1923, he would have seen dozens of the Southland's iconic Red Car Trolleys. Before the evolution of Southern California's freeway age, Red Cars were a transportation fixture. From 1901 to 1961, the electric Red Car system covered more than 1,000 miles of track throughout Los Angeles and its neighboring counties. Inspired by the Red Cars of the 1920's and 30's, Disney's Imagineers paid homage to the past by installing a trolley line between Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land.

Passengers board Red Car Trolley #623 in Hollywood Land.

Buena Vista Street's Red Car Trolleys are based on the light electric rail cars operated by the Pacific Electric Railway in urban areas like Hollywood. DCA's Red Car Trolley #623 is patterned after the St. Louis Car Company's 600-series of trolleys that were comissioned by the Pacific Electric Railway in 1922 & '23.

The 23 in #623 refers to 1923, an important year for Walt Disney. His Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Kansas City, Missourri had gone bankrupt in July, so in August of 1923, Disney decided move to California. The great storyteller traveled to Hollywood, determined to try his luck making films.

Red Car #717 on DCA's Buena Vista Street

Red Car Trolley #717 is a direct tribute to July 17, 1955, Disneyland's Opening Day. The numbering for 717 is also inspired by the trolley's type, since it is patterned after the St. Louis Car Company's 700-series of trolleys, used in city areas by the Pacific Electric Railway in the mid 1920's to 30's.

In recent years, high gas prices and heavy auto traffic have led to a resurgence in public transit. Several of L.A.'s current Metro Rail lines even follow historic Red Car routes. To acknowledge its transportation history, the Port of Los Angeles operates a restored 1.5-mile trolley route called the Waterfront Red Car Line.

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