Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How to Talk Like Disneyland


Do you frequently use words like autopia, circarama, monstro or hippopotami? You know you do! This rare 1962 handbook helped transform Disneyland personnel into well-spoken rhetoricians. So straighten up, relax your throat, engage your diaphragm, and let's all learn how to speak the Disneyland way!





The booklet ends with a list of common "Disneyland words".
There's some nice nostalgia here!




Sunday, July 03, 2016

Gifts From Disneyland 1960


Oh, for a time machine!
Shopping at Disneyland in 1960 was the BEST ever.  
Look at all the fun things you can buy.
What are we waiting for?  Let's shop!


  Even the catalog, colorfully illustrated, is a wonderful souvenir.
And who wouldn't want a "Magic Surprise Box" from Disneyland?


A Skyway Chalet that tells the weather? We'll take it!


I know you're dreaming about those animation cels for $2.25 each,  but can you comprehend that it was possible to buy cufflinks at Disneyland made of real elephant tusk? It's true. 


Most of the items on this spread are priced higher than those original animation cels! Shocking. 


 Disneyland Ticket Books — good anytime!


 "Almost real" plastic plants, direct from Disneyland's Flower Market.


 We'll take Mr. Stubbs.


 The Disney books shown here are some of the best ever published. 
Jody and I have copies of every one of 'em, as a matter of fact.
But we sure don't have Diane Disney's book "personally autographed by Walt Disney" for $4.30!!  Holy moses.


 Who else had those Bambi wall cut-outs, besides me?


 Some of these games have become Disneyland merchandise classics.


 From Ruggles China Shop on Main Street. 
Those life-sized clip-on parakeets are nice, but
we're saving our money for animation cels.


From the Mad Hatter shop.  
Isn't it fun that this catalog takes us to shops around the Park? 
Each shop is different and unique, with its own themed merchandise.


We're fortunate to have a player piano ourselves, and a stack of original 
paper rolls from Disneyland's Wonderland Music Shop. We love them. 


Whew, we're finally at the back cover---but WHAT a back cover.  Disneyland Records were the best souvenirs of all, and these titles are super iconic. Some have been released on CD or iTunes by now, though not all of them. "Life of the Party" is one of our favorites, with recordings of actual player piano rolls (for those folks without pianos at home) and a sing-along booklet of the lyrics.  There are so many fine things in this catalog that are, today, the most treasured Disneyland souvenirs ever made.

So, if you could go back in time to Disneyland in 1960,
what would you buy?

Friday, January 15, 2016

We Do Logos


Our studio, the Kevin & Jody Show, designs logos!  
We can create a logo for you, too.

Client: Anaheim Brewery
Assorted logos for different companies and organizations
"Andy Anaheim" logos and graphics for Anaheim, Calif.
Client: Disney Consumer Products



Monday, January 04, 2016

Toyland Gates

"Once you pass its borders, you may never return again."

Last week was Christmas, and we were busily making gifts, including this miniature wooden ornament for a close friend who loves the 1961 Disney film "Babes in Toyland". It's a replica of the gates to Mother Goose Village—only five inches tall.  Our friend was thrilled.


Back and sides
It was a lot of fun to paint! The "snow" is white sand.

Film frame
Walt Disney's "Babes in Toyland" (1961) is all filmed on interior soundstage sets. The movie has really fun scenic design, resembling the illustrations in a mid-century children's book.

Hmmm, which building should we make next year??

Monday, December 28, 2015

Small Wonder: Disneyland's 1977 Christmas Parade

All lined up: float models for Disneyland's Very Merry Christmas Parade 1977.
In the late 1980s, I was a designer at the off-site Disney art facility on Olive Street in Anaheim. In our building there was a warehouse aisle of stacked crates containing some of the most beautiful miniature models you've ever seen, some harkening back to the early 1960s and the time of Walt Disney himself.  There were parade floats, tiny stage sets, photo locations, miniature puppets and architectural details spanning the entire history of Disneyland's in-Park live entertainment…


...including the original hand-made models for 1977's Very Merry Christmas Parade! At the time, these 3/4 inch-scale works of art were still in marvelous shape, and I photographed them all for reference.
This turned out to be a rather smart thing to do, just a few years later Disneyland discarded their entire archive of entertainment models to create room in the warehouse for other things. I believe these photographs are the only way we can view this body of work today.


The iconic Gingerbread house popping out of an open-book would become the symbol of the parade, its image appeared in advertising and on tickets.


In the final parade, Chip and Dale made sweets at the kitchen table,  
surrounded by happy, dancing gingerbread cookie people.


At the North Pole Post Office, letters are pouring in 
from children around the world for Old Saint Nick.


Meanwhile on the toy factory float, toys of all kinds are being manufactured.
Even the factory itself is made of toys!


These drum units were rolling stages for various characters and dancers, 
and were also packed with speakers for the parade's musical soundtrack.


Some of these environments seem empty without the performers.  Here is an implied cottage for the Seven Dwarfs.  Grumpy played the pipe organ, while Dopey pumped the giant air bellows. 


Incidentally, this was the spot in the parade where the characters from
Disney's newest animated film The Rescuers made their appearance.


Disney characters of all kinds, including Pooh, Tigger, the Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, appeared with this unit, carrying prop gifts and decorating the Christmas Tree.  Snowmen and Snowladies bopped along behind.


And finally, Santa!  Led by his team of silly reindeer, and surrounded by the famous Disneyland Glockenspiel Girls,  Santa wished everyone "a very merry Christmas" from his sleigh above a landscape of snowy rooftops! 

To all of you who've follow this blog throughout the years, thanks!  I hope it's been as enjoyable for you, as it's been for me putting it together.  Here's wishing you a very merry 2016! And more merriment to come!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wally



"I've made quite a name for myself doing this act...
And I don't like it."
-Wally Boag


(Paint doodle by Jody Daily)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Disneyland's Unknown Muppet Parade

"Here Come The Muppets" Parade models, 1990.
With the Muppets' recent comeback for a new generation, I was reminded of my brief brush with Muppetdom in early 1990. "Here Come The Muppets" was the title for a proposed Disneyland parade that would have featured giant inflatable characters rolling down Main Street on floats, similar to the balloons in the Pardi Gras parade (also 1990). Disney had just purchased the Muppets from Jim Henson for an estimated 150 million dollars, and the company was speedily making big (and wild) plans for Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. 

Disneyland President Jack Lindquist had an idea of sending Mickey and the other Disney characters  on a year-long "vacation" away from the Park while the Muppets took over for the duration. Some of the concept sketches we saw at the time included draping the Disneyland marquee on Harbor Blvd with a big banner reading "Muppetland", painting the Matterhorn green, and replacing the Mickey flower bed in front of the Train Station with Kermit's face.  You think I'm joking?

Thankfully, none of this came to pass, but the Disneyland Art Department certainly enjoyed working on several Muppet parade models. In the photo above, Kermit, Sweetums, Dr. Teeth, and Animal were all sculpted by Rich Collins. I did Fozzie and Beaker. Miss Piggy was done by Scott Sinclair, and Jackie Perreault sculpted Swedish Chef. One other model I'd started but never completed: Gonzo in his super-hero cape and red tennis shoes.

Beaker and Fozzie sculptures in Plasticine. In the final ver-
sion, Fozzie sat on a steamer trunk full of vaudeville props.
On May 16th, 1990, Jim Henson died unexpectedly of pneumonia. I heard the news on KCRW while driving to work that morning. It was a terrible shock, made even more surreal because of the project we had been immersed in for months. With Henson gone, Disneyland's Muppet deal immediately floundered, and we were told to stop working on the parade. Any artwork that we had done featuring Muppets was packed onto a truck and taken away (possibly to the Henson company?) Maybe there's a warehouse somewhere with all our models packed away in crates. At any rate, I'm glad we snapped a few photos while we had the chance!


TV's "Magical World of Disney" welcomed the Muppets to the family. (1990)