Thursday, September 30, 2010

Venomous Villains - Cosmetics

The Evil Queen is part of the new product line of Venomous Villains make-up released today in the US by M.A.C Cosmetics (international debut in October).

Video posted by tatagiglo. Copyright M.A.C. Cosmetics/Disney.

The villainous ensemble includes the Evil Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty; Dr. Facilier, The Princess and the Frog; and Cruella de Ville, 101 Dalmatians.

The line will consist of 40 different shades and will range in price from $12-$30 (US).

Video posted by popsugartvbella.

Special thanks to Venus on the Half Shell over at the Lost City of Atlanta for the heads-up on this "VV" line.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jim Korkis - The Vault of Walt

The Vault of Walt, Front Cover. Images used with permission.

Jim Korkis is an internationally respected Disney historian who for over three decades has written hundreds of articles about all things Disney. Jim is one of the go-to guys when it comes to little known facts from Disney history. He has freely shared Snow White information with me when I wasn't able to find the answers anywhere else.

Jim's latest work, The Vault of Walt, is a compilation of self contained stories on different facets of Walt Disney's life, the making of the animated and live-action films, the development of theme park attractions, and much more. One chapter in particular is devoted to the Snow White Carthay Circle premiere with descriptions and anecdotes from the people who witnessed this gala event.

At 478 pages, the book is an enjoyable must read for the Disney historical enthusiast. The forward was written by Walt's daughter Diane Disney Miller.

Rear Cover

The Vault of Walt is downloadable via Kindle and just became available in paperback form from Amazon.

Product Details:
    * Paperback: 478 pages
    * Publisher: Ayefour Publishing
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 0615402429
    * ISBN-13: 978-0615402420



Part One:  The Walt Stories

The Miniature Worlds of Walt (Walt’s fascination with making miniatures)
Santa Walt (Walt’s feelings about Christmas and a special family gift)
Horsing Around:  Walt and Polo
Walt’s School Daze (Walt’s public school education)
Gospel According to Walt (Walt’s feelings about religion)
Walt and DeMolay
Extra!  Extra!  Read All About It!  (Walt’s adventures as a newspaper boy)
Walt’s Return to Marceline 1956
Walt’s 30th Wedding Anniversary (The very first Disneyland party)

Part Two:  The Disney Film Stories

Disney’s Ham Actors: The Three Little Pigs (Including the Rarely Seen Spanish cartoon)
Snow White Christmas Premiere (Description of the event at the Carthay Circle in 1937)
Destino (The true story behind Salvador Dali’s collaboration with Walt Disney)
Song of the South Premiere (Description of the event in Atlanta in 1946)
The Alice in Wonderland That Never Was (The Aldous Huxley script never filmed)
Secret Origin of The Aristocats
So Dear To My Heart  (The neglected film that inspired many Disney firsts)
Toby Tyler  (How Walt recreated the circus of his youth with authentic props)
Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N. (Only film with a story credit for Walt Disney)
Blackbeard’s Ghost (Last live action film made while Walt was alive)

Part Three:  The Disney Park Stories

Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel (The complete history of a genuine antique)
Circarama 1955 (The very first 360 degree theater show at Disneyland)
Story of Storybook Land
Liberty Street 1959 (Walt’s planned addition to Disneyland that never was)
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through
Zorro at Disneyland (How Guy Williams and friends entertained in Frontierland)
Tom Sawyer Island
Epcot Fountain (The true meaning behind the popular landmark)
Captain EO (The only complete story in print about Michael Jackson’s 3-D film)
Mickey Mouse Revue (How and why the beloved attraction was created)

Part Four:  The Other Worlds of Disney Stories

Khrushchev and Disneyland (Russian leader denied entrance to Disneyland)
A/K/A The Gray Seal (Walt’s favorite pulp mystery hero)
Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air (The unknown radio show from the Thirties)
Golden Oak Ranch (Location where Disney classic live action films were made)
Disney Goes To Macy’s
Tinker Bell Tales  (The first Disneyland Tinker Bells and much more)
Mickey Mouse Club:  FBI’s Most Wanted (Why Walt got in trouble with J. Edgar Hoover)
Chuck Jones: Four Months at Disney (Pepe Le Pew’s father’s troubles at Disney)
Walt’s Women:  Two Forgotten Influences (Walt’s Housekeeper and Studio nurse)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Snow White 'Old World Carvings' Snowglobes

Snow White & Prince together with tree backdrop. Apple on top. Ornate cottage-carvings base design with Magic Mirror feature. Resin and glass snowglobe. Measures approximately 10.5'' H x 6'' diameter. Ornate side-mounted wind-up key plays Someday My Prince Will Come. Sold at Disney Store and online in 2007-2008. Original retail $59.50.


Mini Snow White & Dopey snowglobe, accentuated with an old world ''carving'' design on the base which complements the Seven Dwarfs' cottage décor. Glass & Resin. Measures 3.5'' H x 2.25'' diameter. Sold through Disney Store and online 2009-2010. Item no. 300006P. Retail $14.50.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Valentine & Sons 'Tenggren' Postcards, #4172 - #4177

With copyright permission from the Walt Disney Studio, publishers Valentine and Sons Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland) printed several series of Snow White postcards at about the time of the film's release, circa 1938. The artwork of inspirational sketch artist Gustaf Tenggren was adapted for many of the cards. In this post, we'll be looking at postcard #4172 through #4177. Each measures a standard size of 3.5" x 5.5" and is printed on regular postcard stock. Along the lower front is a short caption plus a Snow White and Seven Dwarfs logo.

Postcard #4172
"And They Lived Happily Ever After."

Postcard #4173
"Snow White Tells the Dwarfs a Fairy Story/"

Postcard #4174
"With a Song I Come to You, Like a Troubadour."

Back of postcard, one unused, the other with a postmark dated June 20, 1939.

Postcard #4175
"The Day That My Dreams Come True."

Back of postcard dated August 23, 1938.

Postcard #4176
"The Animals and Birds Help Snow White to Clean the Dwarfs' Cottage."

Postcard #4177
"Snow White Dances to the Music of the Dwarfs."

See postcards #4170- #4171 in an earlier entry. We'll also be looking at more by Valentine and Sons in future posts.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Dangerous Hunger" and other "Brown-Eyed Beauty" Tees

Dangerous Hunger T-shirt. Sold for $14.99 (USD). Disney Store "Studio Collection".


Brown Eyed Beauty T-shirt, $24.00.


Wishing Well, $14.99 (USD). Image via Stylin Online.


It's Not Easy Being a Princess T-shirt (2010) $19.50.


Disney Store Organic Snow White T-shirt for girls. Currently available, $12.50.
Item No. 103199M 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The 2009 Screening at El Capitan

As part of the promotional lead up to the October 2009 Blu-Ray release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the film returned to the Hollywood big screen for a limited engagement. This time last year (September 18th - October 1st), an exclusive two-week showing ran at the Disney-restored El Capitan Theatre.

Located at 6838 Hollywood Blvd, the El Capitan first opened its doors on May 3, 1926 and was one of three themed movie palaces all developed by Charles Toberman along with Sid Grauman--the other two theatres of course being the Egyptian and the Chinese.

Sixty three years later, the Walt Disney Company along with Pacific Theatres embarked upon a two-year "archeological dig" which led to the restoration and reopening of this historic landmark in 1991.

El Capitan Marque. Image copyright 9.17.2009 Loren Javier. Creative Commons License.

The return of Snow White to the movie theatre in 2009 was complimented with a special live appearance by the princess herself at every show. For patrons who wanted more, $31.00 (USD) bought you "breakfast with Snow White". Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning before the 10:00 am screening, one could dine with her next door at the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store.

Window Display in the Soda Fountain and Studio Store. Image copyright 9.17.2009 Loren Javier. Creative Commons License.

Snow White "Soda Fountain" Pins

As a tie-in with the September 18th opening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the El Capitan Theater, the Soda Fountain released a number of limited edition Snow White pins.

El Capitan Marquee Pin, LE 300; Released 09/18/09. Retail Price $10.95.

Snow White "Princess Jewels" Portrait Pin, LE 300; Released 09/18/09. Retail Price $10.95.

Snow White Book Pin, LE 300; Released 09/18/09. Retail Price $12.95.

Evil Queen/Wicked Witch Spinner Pin, LE 300; Released 09/18/09. Retail Price $12.95.

Dwarfs in Mine Pin, LE 300; Released 09/18/09. Retail Price $10.95.

There was also an unannounced Dopey surprise mystery pin released.

Dopey Surprise Mystery Pin, LE 300; Released 09/18/09.
Retail Price $8.95. Image via Pin Pics.