Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jim Shore 'Snow White' Figures Introduced in 2014

As usual, the Jim Shore team of artists are hard at work, and they've added several new Snow White figures to their 2014 Disney Traditions line. Manufactured by Enesco, most should be available from retailers later this year. All are made of stone resin.

~ Snow White and Dopey -- Sweetest Farewell. Measures 6" tall. SRP $50.00. (Introduced June 2014; estimated availability November 15th.)

Enesco Item No. 4043650.




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~Dopey 6, part of the baby "number train" series. Measures 3.5" high. SRP $25.00. (Introduced June 2014; estimated availability November 15th.)

Enesco Item No. 4043660.



Each car attaches with the help of a hook and metal eyelet.



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~Dopey -- A Light In The Dark. Measures 7" tall. SRP $55.00. Candle actually lights up, battery not included. (Introduced April 2014; estimated availability September 15th.)

Enesco Item No. 4043642.

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~Evil Queen -- Evil Enthroned. Measures 9.25" tall. SRP $75.00. (Introduced June 2014; estimated availability November 15th.)

Enesco Item No. 4043649.

Stock images copyright Enesco/Disney.


Also see an earlier Archive entry featuring the 2014 theme park-exclusive Dopey Mine Train figure.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Early Animation Cel - Snow White Too Risqué?

A production cel featuring a very early rendition of Snow White went up for sale this past month at the Massachusetts- based RR Auction. Created circa 1935, she is shown in a long pink dress with a blue bow in her hair--quite possibly the earliest example of a Snow White production cel ever.

Cel images via RR Auctions.

For nearly 80 years, the piece belonged to the family of Grim Natwick. Grim was one of the two main animators of Snow White, the other being Hamilton Luske. Before coming to Disney to work on the film, Natwick was employed by Fleischer Studios where he was the original animator of Betty Boop. The similarities are quite evident.

The full animation cel is complete with peg holes and a cel number at the bottom right; it's not to be mistaken for a color model. Image measures 5" x 2.25", with overall dimensions of 12.25" x 9.75".



Strong disagreements occurred between the two animators and in their vision of how Snow White should be portrayed. Of course the final decision was Walt Disney's, who...
...changed this design of the princess because he felt it was too ‘cartoony’—too risqué and reminiscent of Betty Boop—to be used for final production in a more serious film.
Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction.

Comparison shots via the Mirror.

The auction bidding ran from August 14-21, 2014. The cel sold for $4,239.73. Special thanks to The Disney Freak for the notice on this one.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

'World of Disney' Store Banners

On a visit to Walt Disney World this past May, I snapped these photos of the princess banners on display in the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney.




Just a few years ago, this same upper wall area was covered with several larger banners featuring a few of the prince and princess couples together. Snow White was one of them.



These larger banners were replaced with the narrower solo portraits, which has allowed space for more of the princess characters to be included.





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1990s Golden Paper Doll Book

The large format book, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Paper Doll, was first published by Golden Books in 1991. It measures 13" x 10" and consists of six one-sided leaves plus the front and back covers.



The first page is made of stiff paperboard and features the perforated dolls of Snow White and the Prince.



The next four leaves are thinner, more like pages found in a sticker book. They include the different changes of clothing for the dolls. Two are dedicated to Snow White, with both work dresses and palace gowns. She has seven garment ensembles in all.



The Prince also has two pages, with a total of six changes of clothes. One is a full suit of armor.


The last leaf in the book is again made from stiff paperboard. It contains a cut-out tote which can be assembled and used to carry around the dolls. Instructions for the tote were printed on the first page.



The back cover has two more outfits, ready for coloring.

Book artwork copyright Disney/Golden.


The book is copyrighted 1991, 1994. Yet, according to online sellers, ISBN 030730244x was also published in 1999. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Snow White Vinylmation Jr. Keychains

Half the size of the regular Vinylmation figures, the Vinylmation Jrs. are just 1.5" tall. The first of the Snow White-themed characters appeared in 2010, with more to follow. Each has an attached keychain which, if desired, can be removed by simply unscrewing from the top of the head. Sold at the theme parks and online at the Disney Store.


Vinylmation Jr. Series #2:

"Snow White" issued June 18, 2010. Artists: Thomas Scott and Maria Clapsis. Original retail price $8.95. Unofficially referred to as the "color block" series, it features designs inspired by famous color combinations. Snow White, of course, is represented by her blue, yellow, and red.

Stock images copyright Disney.


Chip and Dale are the chasers in this set.

Disney Store Item No.7511002521050P.


Each figure was sold separately in a blind box, sealed inside the manufacturer's foil bag.



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Vinylmation Jr. Series #6:

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" issued April 20, 2012. Artists: Thomas Scott and Alex Maher. Retail price $9.95 each. A total of 18 figures: Snow White, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Bashful, Evil Queen, Magic Mirror, Prince, Huntsman, Raccoon, Turtle, Bluebird, Deer and two mystery chasers--Old Hag and Rag-Dress Snow.

Set image via rgbplus.



The designs are quite impressive.

Disney Store Item No. 7511002524328P.




The two chasers.


Chaser images via chasing vinylmation.

Even the box artwork was nicely done.




The series was on display at the Disneyland Emporium; photo from July 2012.


Emporium images courtesy of Tokyo Magic! of Meet the World.


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Vinylmation Jr. Pairs Series #2:

"Dopey" issued April 27, 2012. Artist: Maria Clapsis. Retail price $16.95. Two-piece set includes Dopey and pop art design. Open window packaging.

Disney Store Item No. 7511002524314P.