Saturday, January 30, 2010

Alphonse Mucha and the Disney Princess Nouveau Collection

Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was the Czechoslovakian artist who pioneered the ornate stained glass style of Art Nouveau. He moved to Paris in 1887 and lived as a "starving artist" for the next seven years. Then in 1894, his fortunes changed.

Around Christmas 1894, Mucha happened to drop into a print shop where there was a sudden and unexpected demand for a new poster to advertise a play starring Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance on the Boulevard Saint-Martin. Mucha volunteered to produce a lithographed poster within two weeks, and on 1 January 1895, the advertisement for the play Gismonda appeared on the streets of the city. It was an overnight sensation and announced the new artistic style and its creator to the citizens of Paris.

Bernhardt was so satisfied with the success of that first poster that she entered into a 6 years contract with Mucha. He produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was initially called the Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau (French for 'new art').

In 2008, Disney released their short-lived, but extremely popular Disney Princess Nouveau Collection, including shirts, stained glass hangings, trinket boxes and journals. Each of the main princess characters were reproduced in a style after one of Mucha's famous paintings. Ed Irizarry conceived and sketched the designs for the princesses and Enrique Pita colored them.

The Snow White reproduction was patterned after Painting from The Arts Series, 1898.

A. Mucha, Painting, 1898

Irizarry and Pita's Snow White as seen in The Art of the Disney Princess book, p.47.


Artist quotes from The Art of the Disney Princess book.

Book pages copyright Disney.

B+W Snow White image adapted by Jess Park from original by Irizarry and Pita.

Some of the others included Mucha's Poetry of 1898 which became Aurora from 1959.

La Plume as La Cinderella.

Also view the upcoming posts featuring Snow White's Nouveau sun catcher, puzzle, and shirts.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Snow White with Prince Snowglobe

The Prince holds Snow White in his arms while the Seven Dwarfs gather around, both in and outside of the globe. Dopey is perched on top. The wind-up key along the base plays Playful Melody. Resin and glass. Probably dates from circa 2000. Original price $55.

Enesco Snow White on Horseback w/ Prince Snowglobe

The Prince leads Snow White on horseback to his castle. The Seven Dwarfs encircle the base. Resin and glass. Measures approximately 5.75" tall x 4.25" in diameter. Wind-up key on bottom plays I Love You Truly. Manufactured by Enesco. No. 114036. Dates from circa 2002.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Snow White & Bunny Snowglobe - 2002

Snow White sits opposite a bunny in a mini globe. Resin and glass. Measures 3.5" high x 4" wide. Part of the 2002 Disney Princess snowglobe series. Disney Catalog retail price $15.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1975 'Snow White' Soundtrack Buena Vista Record Set 102

The Snow White soundtrack LP has been released on numerous occasions. In 1975, a three-disc "Commemorative Issue" boxed set was produced in the US. It was unique because it included all of the audio from the most recent movie release--all of the music, dialog and sound effects. Total run time about 85 minutes. Label: Buena Vista Records. Catalog no. 102. Format: 33⅓ rpm, 12" vinyl. Black rainbow labels.

The recording was also issued in Australia but with different cover artwork (see it in another post). A two-record version was released in Japan.

Snow White and Friends Snowglobe

Snow White meets her new forest friends in this Disney Store snowglobe. Resin and glass. Measures approximately 7.5" tall x 8" wide. Bottom wind-up key plays Brahms Waltz. Possibly dates from late 1990s. Retail $49.50.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Celluloid Snow White Baby Rattles from Italy

A pair of all celluloid baby rattles made in Italy, c. 1938. Snow White on one with Doc on the reverse side. The other features Sneezy and Grumpy. Each measures 3" x 6.5". No manufacturer markings or Disney imprint. They were sold by Hakes on January 27, 2005 for $165.31.

See other 1938 celluloid rattles in a later Archive entry.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Taipei Bubble Gum Signage

These photos of a Snow White bubble gum sign were taken in Taipei at the Taiwan Storyland, a quasi-museum and themed food hall that recreates Taiwan of the mid-1960s. The sign probably dates from this era since the rest of the museum does.

Photo copyright WanShan, 2006.

Not sure if it was an actual product or simply art. If the gum was real, it could have been introduced to the island by Americans after WWII. Or it may have been a Taiwanese product made without licensing from Disney.

Photo (2008) and additional information courtesy of calramen.

Photo copyright mimuthings, 2007.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Toy-Town Jamboree" Sheet Music

This from collector Rick Payne...
Sheet music for a 1938 song "TOY-TOWN JAMBOREE". I've never seen one of these before, and was shocked to see that the lyrics actually mention MICKEY and MINNIE MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, KRAZY KAT, POPEYE and THE SEVEN DWARFS.

No mention of Disney copyright and given the cover illustration, I wouldn't be surprised if the Disney lawyers put a quick end to this one. Produced by RED STAR SONGS of New York. Standard sheet music size of 9" x 12".
Images and info courtesy of Rick Payne via dadric's attic. Used with permission.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Face Lift to Seven Dwarfs Mine

Renovations to the facade of the Seven Dwarfs Mine shop outside Snow White's Scary Adventures ride, Walt Disney World--November 2009.

Photos from the Filmic Light Collection.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

On the Train to Hollywood

After its premiere on December 21, 1937 and then subsequent release to theaters in February 1938, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became an instant worldwide critical and financial success. The film enabled the Disney brothers to pay off their entire loan of over $1,480,000 to the Bank of America as well as build a brand new state-of-the-art studio.

Disney's Folly it was not.

Yet some 15 years prior, Walt Disney was broke. He was living in the Kansas City office of his Laugh-O-Gram studio, taking baths just once a week at Union Station. It was 1923, and unable to make a profit, his studio went bankrupt. He sold his movie camera to pay for a one-way ticket to Hollywood.

Walt Disney reminiscing many years later about this point in time:
I met a guy on the train when I was comin' out. It was one of those things that kind of made you mad. I was out on the back platform--I was in my pants and coat that didn't match but I was riding first class. I was making conversation with a guy who asked me, "Goin' to California?"

"Yeah, I'm goin' out there."
"What business you in?"
I said, "The motion-picture business."
Then all of a sudden. "Oh, is that right? Well I know somebody in the picture business. What do you do?"
I said, "I make animated cartoons."
It was like saying, "I sweep up the latrines."

Some people make you mad, and you want to prove something to them even though they mean nothing to you. I thought of that guy...when we had the premiere of Snow White. And that darn thing went out and grossed eight million dollars around the world.

Excerpt from: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of the Classic Film by Richard Holliss and Brian Sibley (page 35)