- Daveland has celebrated his 800th post! Congrats to one of the friendliest and most enthusiastic bloggers ever!
- Princess Fee at DF'82 takes us on a journey to the Phantom Manor. She shares some great details here.
- Disney Gossip discusses a potential new transportation rumor for Walt Disney World.
- Colin at the Disney World blog takes a look at the history of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction.
- Matt at Paleo Future shares what 2050 might look like from a great 1984 Epcot book. I really want this book!!!
- Vintage Disneyland Tickets shares a great brochure on the Magic Circle attraction.
- Jeff at An Utter Waste of Time reviews Down And Out in the Magic Kingdom.
- David at Vintage Disney Collectibles has posted Part 3 of his series Walt and the Red Cross. I can only imagine the German Charge of the Garbage Brigade!
- Mike at the Jungle is 101 shares some photos of the backside of Main St.
- Michael Sporn posts some great concept art from Toot, Whistle, Plunk & Boom!
- Foxxfur at Passport2Dreams has posted some original fan art in honor of the Country Bears re-opening!
- Matterhorn from Stuff From the Park has some awesome photos of the Little Mining Town of Rainbow Ridge.
- Cory at Voyages Extraordinaire shares some spooky video treats for the readers!
- Floyd Norman at What to Expect reminisces about animator and director Art Stevens.
- Rob Richards at Animation Backgrounds posts some spooky backgrounds!
- Didier Ghez from Disney History shares an interview segment from the upcoming Walt's People Vol. 7.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Charles Solomon is a well-known name in animation history and criticism circles. H e has authored articles for Rolling Stone, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the New York Times and many other publications. He is also the author of two other well-known Disney and animation-related titles: Disney Lost and Found: Exploring the Hidden Artwork from Never-Produced Animation and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation.
The Disney That Never Was takes us into the Animation Archives to see and read about unproduced shorts and feature films. Solomon has collected sketches, storyboards, concept art and the stories behind the artwork. As stated in the title, we follow the history of unproduced films throughout the studio's long and storied past. Solomon divides the book by genre as opposed to strict chronological order. The groupings are logical when looking at the artwork: Mickey, Donald and Goofy; fairy tales; wartime films; Fantasia and its successors; and miscellaneous films.
Bottom Line: If you are a fan of Disney animation, then you need to own this book! Charles Solomon has raided the Animation Archives, interviewed animators and researched the stories to bring us some of the most exciting information about Disney animated films that were never produced. Although we only gain glimpses of some films--almost like a tease--there is not another resource that tells this many stories about the films we never saw or heard about until this book.
Friday, October 24, 2008
- Jeff Pepper at 2719 Hyperion has a look at a 1939 ad for the San Francisco's Golden Gate Exposition.
- Michael at AllThingsDisney posts a review of a new hotel at Celebration.
- Andy at the Backside of Water shares a detail from the Backlot Express at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
- Oswald at Colorful Animation Expressions has a look at newly minted Disney Legend Walt Peregoy.
- Daveland posts a great 1955 aerial shot of Disneyland.
- Didier at Disney History shares two more upcoming books, including an update to the Imagineering book.
- Disneyalnd Nomenclature has a scan of an article about a 1974 Imagineer visit to Fantasyland.
- Craig from Earning My Ears reviews the book Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers.
- Foxx at Passport 2 Dreams has another great entry in her For Further Study series. She also posts a critical essay looking at Tomorrowland and the quest for the future.. Very eye-opening!
- David at Vintage Disney Memorabilia presents part two of his Walt and the Red Cross series. Fascinating!
- Vintage Disneyland Tickets posts a 1967 brochure of the Monsanto's Adventure Thru Inner Space.
- Greg at Mouse Tracks Online shares a scan of a special Donald Duck comic that he was part of.
- Stephen at ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive posts an astounding article by John Canemaker about Bill Tytla.
- Ryan at the Main Street Gazette finally reveals a little known detail about EPCOT Center.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
- Fodor's Walt Disney World® with Kids 2009: with Universal Orlando and SeaWorld (Special-Interest Titles)
- Fodor's Official Site.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I’m really interested in all the little homages in parks and movies to real people, places, and things. It’s just amazing to me the depth that it gives the parks and the feeling it imparts. The more of them I hear of, the more I want to hear. I hadn’t really thought about homages to architecture, as in Foxxfur’s article, but that seems to fit right in. It brings to mind a series of articles I saw on MiceAge by Werner Weiss that compared the facades in the Studios to their California inspirations.
I was just thinking it would be great to have a searchable resource for all these references in the park. I only know a few, and documenting them is a lot of work, so I thought it would be good to open it up to everyone.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The Mouse Machine was a book that I was very excited to start reading. With a lot of books, you have a certain notion of what to expect between the covers; at first, this book disappointed the theme park fan inside me. When I really got my teeth into it, I realized that this is a work geared towards two types of people: Walt Disney (Company) enthusiasts and animation/film buffs. The theme parks are covered, but in the audio-animatronics area, mainly. Most of the work is dedicated to covering the advances that the House of Mouse created or stumbled upon during its sojourn into popular culture.
Obviously, several high points in the Company's history take precedence: sound, color, multi-plane and special effects are all covered in great detail. The book takes a while to get going and I was tempted to put it away several times. I am glad that I continued. After the first several chapters, you get used to the academic style and start to enjoy and think about the concepts. Telotte's intent was to create a work that showed how the technological leaps were not only to heighten the art form, but also acted as a link to technology and popular culture.
The aim of this book is to follow the company's lead in this regard, to offer a selective look at some of those, often-unseen--or unconsidered-- technological supports or developments that, in film, television, and the theme parks, have been crucial to the success of the Walt Disney Company and, at times, also a clue to its limitations.Ub Iwerks and Walt garner special focus, but Telotte also looks at the other pioneers in the various film departments. A lot of time is spent in looking at the development of the animated shorts--how they changed the industry technologically and artistically. Telotte does seem to have a fondness, not only for technology, but for popular culture. The other major section of the book concerns the development of special effects for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He also looks at the development and similarities between 20,000 Leagues and The Black Hole. He offer his thoughts on why the first was a success and the latter, a failure. When Telotte discusses the major technological advances of the company, he does hit all of the milestones of the animation and film development. In the chapter on the theme parks, the focus is on a few of the modern attractions, like: Dinosaur, Alien Encounter and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Most of the seminal theme park attractions are mentioned in passing or as antecedents with nothing more notable than as technological steps. Telotte tries to show the reader how society accepts the technology of the theme park attractions as part of the show instead of just as technology.
The chapter titles give a good impression of where the title takes us:
- Sound Fantasy
- Minor Hazards: Disney and the Color Adventure
- Three Dimensional Animation and the Illusion of Life
- A Monstrous Vision: Disney, Science Fiction, and CinemaScope
- Disney in Television Land
- The "Inhabitable Text" of the Parks
- Course Correction: Of Black Holes and Computer Games
- "Better than Real": Digital Disney, Pixar, and Beyond
Bottom Line: This book is for the animation/film and Disney Company enthusiast. The tone is very heady and academic; most theme park-only fans will not find much of interest. Overall, Telotte adds a very solid work to the body of knowledge on the Walt Disney Company. I am glad I have the book and it adds new perspective to how we think about the monumental progress that the Walt Disney Company is known for.
Friday, October 17, 2008
- Didier at Disney History gives an update on Walt's People, volume 7. It looks very exciting!
- Ryan at Main Street Gazette has a nice look at the real Sailing Ship Columbia. He also shares details on an upcoming wedding. No eggs will be served.
- Big Brian at Mousin' It Up has an article on the history of live entertainment at Walt Disney World.
- Doc Terminus at Passamaquoddy shares the news of a new section that has just opened: Interventions!
- Disneyland Nomenclature has a stellar article about the Circle Vision at Disneyland and all of its iterations.
- Wade Sampson at MousePlanet regales us with a wonderful look at Walt Disney and luck.
- Jack Spence takes an in-depth look at Ghirardelli at Downtown Disney. Mmmmm....candy...
- BeaconJoe at Progress City, USA begins an interesting look at Pleasure Island.
- Mark Sonntag at Tagtoonz posts a letter from October 16, 1932.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
- Do FastPasses run out? How do I get them and use them?
- How long should I schedule to do the Animal Kingdom?
- Where do I eat? (Yeah...that question could have taken all night.)
- How far in advance do I need to book dining reservations?
- What types of character meals are there?
- What are the advantages of the dining plans?
- What are the busiest times? What do we do when it is busy?
- I need info on the best place to stay at Disney with a party of five?
- Will my 6 year-old (who loves the Magic Kingdom) like Disneyland?
- Does Disney do Trick-or-treating?
- We are driving down. How long is the drive and should we break up the drive with a hotel stay?
- When do ticket prices go up?
- Can you get multiple FastPasses at the same time and using the same card?
- What are the Golden and Dream FastPasses?
- What are the best guidebooks?
- What do you thing of DisneyQuest?
- What types of discounts are available?
The audience was stunned into silence by the depth of our knowledge!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Show 88, October 12, 2008
You can discuss the show on the WDW Trivia forums.
Don't forget that Andy and I will be making another appearance at the Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex, NC, for a table discussion...on planning a Disney trip!
Planning a trip to Disney World can be stressful, confusing, and overwhelming. Even if you've done it several times before! Join Stephanie Hudson from MouseFan Travel and George and Andrew Taylor from http://www.imaginerding.com/ on a panel to answer all your planning questions and help make your next trip the most magical ever.
Word is that there will be a few give-a-ways that evening; special surprises from the Imaginerds and MouseFean Travel!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive
Call 919.387.2100 for more details.
We will see you there, right?
Friday, October 10, 2008
- Kevin Kidney posts a great look at the Swiss Family Treehouse Ticket Booths!
- Daveland focuses on the Matterhorn. The first post has some great shots of the construction.
- Mike at the Jungle is 101 has some more castmember behind the scenes photos!
- Ryan at Main Street Gazette has found the Command Post at Pixar Place.
- Foxxfur at Passport 2 Dreams shares an intelligent essay about Disney's walking attractions.
- Progress City, USA helps us gain some insight into seizing the future.
- Didier at Disney History points out a forthcoming book on Wally Boag.
- Wade Sampson at MousePlanet shares a great article on the effects and creation of the Adventurer's Club.
- Big Brian at Mousin' It Up takes a look at the changes in Mickey's outfit during his 50th birthday celebration.
With the posting of this Geek-End Update, we have reached 550 posts at Imaginerding! Thanks for taking this voyage with us. Besides the fame, fortune and dames--you are the reason that Andy and I do this!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I picked up a few items while at Walt Disney World last week. (The Disneyland Paris book was an eBay purchase and looks completely amazing!)
- Disneyland Paris From Sketch To Reality by Alain Littaye and Didier Ghez
- Tales From The Laughing Place Magazine I picked up the current issue at the NFCC Meet and Sale. It is a very beautiful magazine.
- Walt Disney World: Now, Then and Forever by Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. This item is a theme park exclusive, but you might be able to find a used copy on Amazon eventually.
The Souvenir Guides are smaller paperback versions that can be bought seperately or in a boxed set. The boxed set is the only way to get Everything Else in the World. They are also theme park exclusives. I added the Amazon links in case people sell used copies.
- Walt Disney World SC Resorts: Everything Else in the World
- Walt Disney World SC Magic Kingdom
- Walt Disney World SC Epcot
- Walt Disney World SC Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Walt Disney World SC Animal Kingdom
- Walt Disney World Sc Resorts
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Planning a trip to Disney World can be stressful, confusing, and overwhelming. Even if you've done it several times before! Join Stephanie Hudson from MouseFan Travel and George and Andrew Taylor from http://www.imaginerding.com/ on a panel to answer all your planning questions and help make your next trip the most magical ever.Word is that there might be a surprise or two! Maybe some give-a-ways!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Now, on with the show!
- Hans Perk at A Film L.A. posts about a neato animation kit!
- Greg at the Disney Obsession has hit 100+1 posts!
- Epcot82 offers an opinion on the demise of Horizons.
- Lou at Louminations! shares a video on how to make the Cheddar Cheese Soup from Canada.
- Ryan at The Main Street Gazette posts some signs of refurbishment throughout the Magic Kingdom.
- Wade Sampson at MousePlanet offers a fascinating look at the origins of Pleasure Island.
- Vintage Disneyland Tickets has scanned a few pages of the 1969 Preview for Walt Disney World. Fantastic!
- Jack Spence shares an interesting detail about the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Can you spot it?
- Eightyologist at Eightyology has a fond look back at Horizons.
- Doc Terminus at Passamaquaddy takes a look at a classic song. An angling song!