Sold at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, this ''Drama Queen'' set includes a pot holder and two dish towels. Embroidered artwork, plus kitchen utensil print. Cotton/polyester blend. Retail $16.95. Also currently available online at the Disney Store.
A Snow White rectangular tin with "thatched roof" lid, originally held a hard candy mix from Walt Disney World. Probably sold at Disneyland too. Dates from the 1980s. Container was made in England, most likely by the same company that produced the round tin seen in an earlier Archive entry.
It stands approximately 3.625" high and measures 5" long x 2.75" wide. The outside finish has a light sand-like texture.
Illustrations wrap around the sides in chronological order.
"Thatched roof" lid.
An imprint with the text "CONTAINER MADE IN ENGLAND" is stamped on bottom. Plus we can compare two slightly different WDW candy labels.
Rubafix--a French manufacturer of adhesive tape--issued this promotional Disney tin. On one side, it features Snow White frolicking with the dwarfs in the forest near their cottage. On the opposite side, Donald Duck picks cherries with the three nephews and Scrooge McDuck.
It was at the 1989 Academy Awards ceremony that Snow White, along with Rob Lowe, put on what is considered by many to be one of the worst opening musical numbers in the history of the show. Walt Disney was surely turning over in his cryogenic grave on that inauspicious night. It was so bad that, 25 years later, it's still difficult to watch.
The quality of the performance is not entirely the fault of Eileen Bowman (the aspiring actress who played Snow White) or Rob Lowe--though the attempts by Bowman to simulate Adriana Caselotti's original operatic voice were far from melodic. It also didn't help that Lowe doesn't have a singing voice. The blame for the number should (and did) go on the show's producer Allan Carr. It was way too long and way too corny.
It all begins with Variety columnist Army Archerd telling Snow White how to find the stage. "Follow the Hollywood stars." He's referring to actual dancers in star-shaped costumes--not a good sign of things to come.
Snow makes her way through the audience, all the while singing a parody of I Only Have Eyes For You.
It's followed up on stage with Merv Griffin singing his 1950s hit I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. Then for no apparent reason, he introduces a host of screen stars from years past before bringing Rob Lowe on stage as Snow White's date. This leads to a seemingly never-ending duet between Bowman and Lowe, a parody of Proud Mary.
It's sometimes difficult to find a video of the entire opening number online. There are those in Hollywood who'd probably like this to go away forever. Yet at least for the moment, we have this one below...
The next day, Disney filed a lawsuit against the Academy for the unauthorized use of their copyrighted version of Snow White. Seventeen of Hollywood's elite signed an open letter criticizing the telecast as an embarrassment. And producer Alan Carr would never work in television or motion pictures again.
So whatever happened to poor Eileen Bowman? Last year, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with her for an exclusive interview. She tells her experience of it all for the first time. It's a great article. Read the February 2013 piece its entirety below...
A billboard ad for an anti-drug campaign was seen in 2006 in Chungho City, Taiwan. Not a Disney-licensed endeavor, though the Snow White illustration clearly impersonates the proprietary princess. The dwarfs and witch, not so much.
One of the nice benefits of writing the Filmic Light blog is being able to connect with other Snow White fans. So many marvelous and generous people have supported the site--through their comments and sharing of information, with images from their own collections, and even with one-of-a-kind artwork.
Maxime Lansmans lives in Belgium. Like myself, he and his brother Alexandre are great admirers of Walt Disney's first feature-length film. I was honored the other day when Maxime sent this image he'd created as a tribute to the Snow White Archive.