Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scary Adventures Image Manipulation by Kurt Raymond

In his free time, Wicked Witch enthusiast Kurt Raymond enjoys the art of image manipulation. He starts with an original photo and transforms it into something altogether new. To the create the colorful and dynamic looks, he uses PaintShop Pro and Photoshop.

One of his many creations is this scene from Snow White's Scary Adventures at Disneyland.

Image from the Kurt Raymond Collection.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1938 The Story of Doc

The Story of Doc is part of the eight-book Snow White "Story of" series that was produced in 1938 by Whitman Publishing Company. Measures 7.5" x 11" and contains 24 pages. The leafs are made from an inexpensive pulp stock with somewhat heavier stock covers. The books were meant to used and colored by young readers, so finding copies free from marks and damage can be an expensive challenge.

There's two tales in which Doc loses his glasses. The first took place "50 years earlier at least" and we get to see what the dwarfs' leader looks like without his spectacles. Dopey helps him find them.

The second story occurs out in the forest. All the dwarfs and animals pitch in this time to locate the missing glasses.

Illustrations and text copyright Disney/Whitman Publishing Company, 1938. Posted here for historical documentation purposes only.
Image scans courtesy of Greg Philip of A Lost Film.

Learn more about this series in an early Archive entry.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1938 Snow White Pin-Back Button

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 3.5" button. Marked: "© 1938 WD Ent." According to Hakes, it was likely used by theatre employees or toy department clerks during the initial run of the film. On June 30, 2005, it sold at auction for a whopping $1,101.44.

Monday, October 20, 2014

1979 Radio City Music Hall - Snow White Record

In 1979, Buena Vista Records released a 3313 rpm album featuring the original cast from the Snow White Live stage performance at Radio City Music Hall. Catalog No. 5009.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

1979 Radio City Music Hall - Snow White Songbook

A songbook was published in 1979 featuring the musical numbers from the successful Snow White Live stage performance at Radio City Music Hall. Included are not only the original motion picture songs by Larry Morey and Frank Churchill but also two new tunes by Joe Cook and Jay Blackton.

Photos of the stars, Mary Jo Salerno and Richard Bowne.

The songs.

Sample pages including the new numbers, Will I Ever See Her Again and Welcome to the Kingdom.

Rear endpaper.

Image scans courtesy of the Michael Filippello Collection.

1979 Radio City Music Hall - Snow White Program

An official Snow White program was issued for the 1979 Radio City Music Hall stage show. It contains a total of 36 pages (including both sides of the front and back covers). Here's a few samples...

The front cover features a charming illustration of the Dwarfs peeking their noses over the top with a city skyline behind.

The Snow White story.

The making of the movie.

The making of the stage production.

Mary Jo Salerno and Richard Bowne

The cast and musical numbers.

1979 Radio City Music Hall - Snow White on Video

In 1980, Snow White Live at Radio City Music Hall was taped and aired on HBO. Then on June 26, 1981, Walt Disney Home Video released the performance on VHS and Betamax cassette. The program's total running time is 90 minutes.

A disclaimer on the back of the box reads: "FOR SALE ONLY. Not intended for rental."

VHS images courtesy of The Wonderful Wolrd of Movies. Used with permission.

Apparently, after the video's release, legal issues arose when Richard Bowne (Prince Charming) filed a lawsuit against Disney over royalty payments to the cast. As a result, the show hasn't been reissued since. The original VHS cassettes have become rarities and command a high price. DVDs of the show were never officially produced, though a few bootlegs can be found online.

Here's a short sample clip from the video. The VHS quality is not the best and the audio syncing is a bit off; yet we do get a glimpse at what the performance was like.

Video playlist via cloverpuff.

In 1987, six years after the VHS release, the performance was broadcasted on the Disney Channel.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1979 Radio City Music Hall - Snow White Newspaper Clippings

The 1979 Snow White musical at Radio City Music Hall was well-received by audiences and considered a success by the critics. Here's a few newspaper clippings from the time period.

This first article appeared in the October 11, 1979 New York Times, one week before the the show opened. A positive anticipation for the show is evident.


October 19, 1979 - New York Times. The article gives the performance a very favorable review.

October 20, 1979 - The Blade. Another positive review.

November 18, 1979 - Family Weekly. A nice piece on Mary Jo Salemo.

Pieces are copyrighted by their respective newspapers.
Special thanks to Colin Cameron for his assistance in locating the articles.