Monday, September 25, 2017

Huntsman Photo Studies

This set of four photographs on animation paper date from the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, circa 1936. They gives a rare look behind the making of the motion picture. To assist the Disney animators with their drawings, a live-action model plays the role of the Huntsman. The photos include sequence/scene numbers written in pencil.

Images via Hakes.

Red pencil drawing of same scene.

Comparison drawing via Andreas Deja's blog.

The Huntsman begs forgiveness from a surrogate Snow White, played by a male stand-in with a makeshift skirt.

More sketches of the Huntsman drawn from the live-action source.

Carl Barks 1935 Job-Submission Drawings

Renowned artist Carl Barks first applied for a position with the Disney Studio in late 1935. He would go on to have a long career and great success with his Donald Duck comics. Yet back in the beginning, he was young and unknown. With hopes of landing a job, he submitted two drawings to demonstrate his ability--both were Snow White-themed--though nothing like what would eventually be seen in the motion picture. Medium: ink and blue watercolor over graphite. Image areas 11.25" x 8".

Snow White with the dwarfs.

Images and info via Heritage Auctions.

Snow White caught by a giant; five of the dwarfs look to save her.

The two illustrations did the trick! He landing a job as an "in-betweener" in the animation department. In an earlier Archive entry, see the drawings he created for gag suggestions to be used in the Snow White film.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

2004 Random House "Step Into Reading" Book

Friends for a Princess is a Snow White book designed to help young children learn to read. Part of the Random House "Step Into Reading" series. Softcover, 32 pages (not including covers). Dimensions: 6" x 9". Published in 2004.

Illustrations and text copyright Disney/Random House 2004. Posted here for historical documentation purposes only.

2001 Read-Along Book & Cassette

It's hard to imagine today, yet it really wasn't that long ago when people still listened to audio cassettes. The technology was dying and on its way out, but the small children's niche continued to hang on for a time. This "Read-Along" Snow White 24-page booklet and cassette tape date from 2001. They were designed to build vocabulary and encourage independent reading in youngsters. ISBN: 0763419559. Sealed in blister pack.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

1980s Snow White Figurines by Wade

Circa 1938, Wade Potteries of England issued a set of ceramic Disney Snow White figurines (see earlier Archive entry). Many years later, from 1981 to 1986, they would produce another. These newer pieces were designed by artist Alan Maslankowski. Brightly painted with a glossy finish. They range between 3-4" in height.

Manufacturer stamp on bottom.

A point of sale store display with markings to indicate where to position the figures.

In the previous post, see the 2009 non-Disney set of Snow White of figurines by Wade.

2009 Wade Porcelain Figures

A set of porcelain figurines produced by Wade of England in 2009. Ten figures in all. Approximate measurements: Prince 3.5", Snow White and Witch 3", Dwarfs 2". Each is marked Wade on side base.

The pieces do bare a resemblance to the Disney characters. However, this set was not licensed by the Disney Company. Thus the artwork needed to be different enough so as to not run into copyright issues. Nonetheless, we can still pretty much tell which dwarf corresponds to their Disney counterparts. From left to right: Grumpy, Happy, Sneezy, Bashful, Sleepy, Dopey, and Doc.

A special limited edition of 50 gold-base sets was also produced.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Snow White Yujin Gashapon Figures & Toys

Gashapon (or gachapon) are tiny vending machine capsule toys sold in Japan. In the US, vending toys tend to be cheap and of a low-quality. Yet Japanese gashapon are just the opposite--with greater fine detailing. Many are made from high-grade PVC plastic. They cost more and are highly sought-after as collectable items.

The following Snow White gashapon were purchased directly from vending machines in Japan and come to us courtesy of the Cheryl Ridge Collection. They date from the late 1990s to early 2000s. The figures range in size from around 2 to 8 cm tall. This first set is by Tomy, the rest were produced by Yujin, now a subsidiary of Takara Tomy ARTS. In addition to the figures, lots of other capsule items have also been issued--tiny stationary, mugs, plates, towels.

  • Tomy Snow White Figure Collection. Set of eight.

  • Yujin Disney Character Figure Collection. A multi-set series with lots of characters. This is set no.6 which features eight mini figures including Snow White and Dopey. Each comes with a clear stackable and connectable display case.

  • Yujin Snow White Figurines. Set of eight. Larger and heavier than other Yujin series.

  • Yujin Snow White Mini Blister Pack Collection. Set of eight.

  • Yujin Seven Dwarfs Stationary Toys. Set of seven figures, tree sections, and stationary items. Happy/crayons, Sleepy/pencil, Dopey/sticky tape dispenser, Doc/magnets, Grumpy/pen, Sneezy/paper clips, Bashful/pencil sharpener. Individual log sections can be stacked to form a tree.

  • Yujin Disney Character Mini Mug Cups. Ceramic, not plastic. Snow White included in series. Two movie scenes on each. Set of 12 (11 pictured below).

  • Yujin Disney Character Mini Plates. Ceramic, not plastic. Snow White included in series. Set size unknown.

  • Yujin Disney Character Metal Plate Selection (keychains). Snow White included in series. Set of 10.

  • Yujin Disney Princess Mini Handkerchiefs. Set of six. Includes Snow White. Measure approximately 16 cm across.

  • Yujin Snow White. Series unknown. Measures 4 cm high.

See a 2014 gashapon series of Disney Princess statue figures in an earlier Archive entry. Also the Furuta Choco Egg Set and the Putitto Series.