Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Pins

The Trick or Treat pin, released October 29, 2001 only at Walt Disney World.



Backside reads: Official Pin Trading 2001 © Disney Made in China.

Front and back images from the Filmic Light Collection.

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Disney Auctions LE100 Halloween Punch pin. Released October 20, 2005, a rare one to find.

Image via pinpics.

Halloween Pumpkins

Downloadable Snow White pumpkin stencil from CartoonJr.com.







Another carving template from Disneyfamily.com.









Snow White and Dwarfs pumpkins. Image copyright AlesaDam. Creative Commons License.


Old Hag. Image copyright PumpkinWayne. Used with permission. Template via PumpkinGlow.com.


Old Hag and Snow White. Image copyright ladybugbkt. Creative Commons License.


Witch pumpkin. Image copyright Jonas Sickler. Used with permission.


Snow White and Apple. Image copyright Wyscan. Creative Commons License.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Snow White Mask Book, Whitman No. 990

This set of paper masks comes from the Masks of the Seven Dwarfs and Snow White book (no. 990), published in 1938 by Whitman Publishing Company. Contains eight brightly-colored punch-out masks, each printed on a separate page. Booklet measures approximately 10.75" x 10.5".


Dopey Mask on Front Cover

Book images via spanvic912.





Happy Mask on Back Cover

Publication date on inner back, 1938.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween - Contemporary Costumes

Evil Queen


Child Size Snow White



Teen Reversible Snow White + Cinderella


Adult Size


Plus Size


These and loads more Snow White costumes are available online from a bazillion retailers.

Einson-Freeman Snow White "PAR-T-MASK" Set

In 1937, a Snow White series of five Par-T-Masks were produced by Einson-Freeman Company of Long Island City, New York. Made of paperboard with rubber band ear attachments, the set includes the Old Witch, Snow White, Doc, Dopey, and Grumpy. Each measures approximately 8" to 10" across.



Copyright "ear tags" are found on the opposite side.




Many of these masks were used as a give-away items or contest prizes in advertising campaigns, such as the Snow White Jingle Club. The Pennsylvania-based Stroehmann's Prize Winner Bread was one of the local bakery sponsors as noted by the imprint on the back of the mask. They even sold Snow White cake too!














Pictured with the Grumpy mask is the original mailing envelope in which it was delivered. The postage at the time from NY to IL cost only 1¢.



The return address is from Mickey Mouse Magazine, C/O Kay Kamen in New York City. The mailing label is marked "masks" and was sent to an individual (not a business sponsor). "Billy" was probably a participant in some sort of contest.



It's interesting to note that only four of the five masks are shown in the 1938 Kay Kamen-prepared guide book, Advertising and Merchandising Campaign for Bakers. Grumpy is not pictured.

Book page via Hakes.

One of the book's suggestions was to use the masks as give-aways at Halloween.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Antithetical Snow White - The Vampire Princess

The plenitude of Snow White fan art available today is a tribute to the enduring legacy of Walt's creative vision. However, he probably never envisioned her as a blood-sucking creature of the night. With Halloween only a few nights away, the vampire princess is beginning to stir.

Eerily Gothic is the approach of the Dark Princess series by deviantArtist Laura Ambros a.k.a. ClaireBeauchamp.

Dark Princess: Snow White, Photoshop. Copyright Laura Ambros. Creative Commons License.

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Australian artist Courtney Brims' interpretation of Snow White.
Her drawings are influenced by Victoriana, ghost stories, old photographs, daydreams and nightmares. Working with pencils, Courtney creates dreamy worlds of lost girls and bewildering creatures, focusing on the beauty of nature and its dominance over time. Source: courtneybrims.com

Snow White, pencil drawing. Copyright Courtney Brims.

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The pencil work of deviantArtist treznorspants.

Vampiress Snow White, colored pencil. Copyright treznorspants.

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Amy Mebberson's Goth Snow White from her deviantArt Disney gallery.
I am a former animation artist for Disney and LAIKA. I paid my dues with 2 graphic novels for Tokyopop and I now draw Pixar and Muppet comics for Boom Studios. From Mebberson's My Blue Sky blog.
Goth Snow White. Copyright Amy Mebberson. Used with permission.

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From the Twisted Princess series of character designer/story artist Jeffrey Thomas.

Twisted Princess: Snow White. Copyright Jeffrey Thomas. Used with permission.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010