Friday, January 7, 2011

The Snow White Creations of Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney

For many years Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney have enjoyed a long association with the Walt Disney Company and have provided art and special high-end merchandise for various divisions of the Disney organization. From: Miehana

Jody and Kevin at Tiki Room 45th anniversary event, 6/21/08, Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA.
Image courtesy of hiway7. Used with permission.

With a focus on vintage Disneyland and classic Disney films, they've created some of the most elegant, unique and sought-after collectible pieces on the market today. Here's a look at a wide sampling of their Snow White work...


Stained-Glass Lamp.
Jody Daily. Manufactured by Glassmasters.
Glass, Metal and Resin. 19" high by 7" diameter base.
Released in Fall 2002. Limited Edition of 3500. © Disney


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Mickey Avenue - Dopey Drive Sign Replica.
Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily.
Painted Metal. Nearly life-sized.
Released in 2006. Limited Edition


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Disneyland 50th Anniversary Pin Set.
Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily.
Pins and packaging.
Released in 2005. LE 1500

See earlier post for more on this Snow White Shield Pin.

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Dopey and Bashful Big Figs.
Jody Daily.
Resin.
Released in 2005. © Disney

Dopey holds a real "Jingle Bell" on a red ribbon.



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Storybook Prop Replicas.
Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily.
Resin, Metal and Paper.
Released in Spring 2003. Limited Edition. © Disney

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs begins and ends with a white storybook displayed against folds of blue satin. Small carved portraits of the dwarfs create a decorative edging on the cover, liberally gilded to mimic a heavy, early European leather-bound tome.

The intricate detailing of this dimensional prop, on screen for a matter of seconds, is typical of the detail lavished on this landmark motion picture. Each page is adorned with illustrative elements and gothic lettering in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts.

For Sleeping Beauty, a bejeweled, golden storybook opens to transport audiences into a world of enchantment. Intricate borders, heraldic designs and dazzling central imagery were painted by Eyvind Earle and his team, lending the film story's transitions an air of historic pronouncement.

The original hand-crafted film props, which now reside in The Walt Disney Archives, were painstakingly studied to ensure accurate re-creation, from their glittering covers to the painted pages inside.


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Cuckoo Clock.
Jody Daily.
Hand-carved wood construction. Metal chains and weights.
Released in 2006. Limited Edition. © Disney


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Magic Mirror Replica.
Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney.
Glass, resin and Swarovski crystal gems.
Limited Edition of 2500. © Disney 


This piece appeared in the Winter 2002 Disney Catalog (p.89). Retail price: $120 (USD).

Disney Catalog scan courtesy of Dan Alexander Dizmentia.

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Disneyland Storybook Replicas.
Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney.
Resin on Wood Bases. Released in 2005. Limited Edition. © Disney
Disneyland 50th Commemorative: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Cottage, Toad Hall, Geppetto's Wood Carver Shop


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Stained Glass.
Jody Daily.
Colored Glass.
Released in Fall 2006. Limited Edition. © Disney
Gustav Tenngren's concept art.


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Gustaf Tenggren Style Dwarfs.
Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily.
Polished wood bases.





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Evil Queen Detail.
Figural box designed by Jody Daily for Harmony Kingdom. Sculpted by Jackie Gonzales.
This is the unpainted "whiteware" cast in the pre-production stage.


All images and descriptions courtesy Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily (unless otherwise noted). Used with permission.

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Watch this recent episode of D23's Disney Geek which featured a look at Kevin and Jody's studio...

Video posted by D23's Disney Geek

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In addition to designing many new collectible merchandise items, Jody and Kevin are also co-art-directors of a big brand new 2011 Disneyland parade called "Soundsational". See more of their artwork at the Disney Collectibles set on flickr. Also check out their webpage and Kevin's blog.

10 comments:

  1. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the Evil Queen!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I have several of these pieces. I acquired them before I even knew who Kevin & Jody were :)

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  3. Connie and Cyber...They certainly have created some elegant and tasteful pieces. I haven't yet had the pleasure of owning any of their work, but the lamp and snow globe are just two of several that are high on my "to get" list.

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  4. The talents of these two goes beyond Disney - they are some of the most creative people I know!

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  5. Oh wow! I just love that clock! Such beautiful craftsmanship!

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  6. Dave and Venus...I couldn't agree more.

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  7. We are huge fans of Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily as well! The stained glass lamp and the magic mirror replica are outstanding. We don't own very much of their work but look forward to adding more to our collection.

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    1. Do you know how big the edition size was for the collection of 7 dwarfs?

      I'm selling mine.

      thank you,

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    2. Unfortunately, not sure of how large the edition size was. Kevin has a blog online; you might find info there. Good luck!

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