Friday, December 10, 2010

The Hundreds x Disney

In my last post I used some pictures from Bobby Hundreds Blog.  If you are not familiar with the Hundreds it is a street wear clothing company based out of California.  They just released an awesome collaboration they did with Jim Davis; the creator of Garfield.  You can check that out here.

Well a few years ago they did an even better collaboration with Disney.  Im actually surprised that Disney would work so closely with a street wear brand, it seems like a lot of corporate red tape would get in the way.  Anyway, The Hundreds compare themselves to the Lost Boys so what better characters so use than them:

They even used Skull Rock as the inspiration for their San Francisco shop.


I love how they modernized (street weared?) these characters that have just been collecting dust in the Disney vault since the 50's.  If you want to purchase any The Hundreds x Disney stuff...sorry it sold out right after they released it.  So if you like The Garfield stuff jump on it now!

Friday, November 19, 2010


These pictures are from a 1964 issue of Look Magazine.  The entire magazine was a preview for the 1964 World's Fair.  Since Walt Disney was contributing four attractions to the fair (Small World, Carousel of Progress, Mr. Lincoln, Ford Magic Skyway) there were a few pages dedicated to him.

Whoa is that the silhouette Walfred Hitchsney?

You always hear about the infamous Walt Disney eyebrow.  Looks like this caveman is getting it.

That's probably the best picture of Walt I've ever seen!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Toy Story 3 and The Shining

I really like how Pixar always hides easter eggs in their films.  Toy Story 3 is full of them but today I am just focusing on the references to The Shining.  If you know anything about Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich it's that he loves The Shining.  So here are the three references in the film that I know of.

Check out the license plate on Sid's garbage truck.

and this screen name.

Both are references to room 237, the room Danny is told never to enter in The Shining.

This next one is a little tougher.

Check out the crazy design on the tissue box.

This is not the first time Pixar has used that carpet design either.  Can you find it in the original Toy Story?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hanna Barbera Land: Attractions

Back to my 1985 birthday at Hanna Barbera Land.  Check out the Paddle Boats.

That's me in Quick Draw McGraw and the rest of my gang in Snagglepuss.

It looks like Huckleberry Hound might be waaaay back there.

I would love to know what happened to these Carousel characters.

So we have Yogi, Scooby, Dino, and.....Train Car?

I have one more batch of photos from the birthday bash.  Next up characters in the park!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hanna-Barbera Land

In September 1985 I spent my 3rd birthday at Hanna-Barbera Land.  I think it's pretty safe to say that no one reading this ever had a chance to visit.  Im sure that most Houstonians don't even remember it, probably because it was only open from 84-85.

Im not going to pretend that I remember everything that happened on my third birthday but I do remember the riding this mini train.

Look at this lady killer

Hanna-Barbera Land only had a few attractions which probably explains why it only made it one year, but here's some of the my party guest were able to experience:

A Carousel, Scooby's Ghost Coaster ( I wish I had pictures of that!), Silly Sitx Jungle Jim, Bumper Boats, Water Body Slides, Puppet Show, Papa Smurf's Forest Restaurant, and a band that played Hanna Barbera theme songs! (Thanks Wikipedia)

This is part one of three posts I have of "Birthday Party 85" pictures.  I have too many pictures for one post so this one is a little bleak but do not worry my friends next week you will get to see some shots of the Hanna-Barbera character carousel!

Friday, October 8, 2010

We Played Here!

Did everyone read this article on Cartoon Brew last week about Ward Kimball's house being sold?

Hopefully his house will not suffer the same fate as Walt's Carolwood house which was torn down.  So in memory of Ward today I'm going to share one of my favorite pieces of memorabilia.

Check out this postcard:

We played here! How exciting, but what does that mean?  Well if you didn't know, Ward Kimball was the leader of the Dixieland Jazz Band The Firehouse Five Plus Two.  The group was made up of Disney artist including Frank Thomas.  They even made an appearance in the Goofy cartoon "How to Dance."

There is a great Firehouse Five reference in The Princess and the Frog too.  At the end of the film when Lou is playing in Tiana's restaurant the name of his band is "The Fireflies Five Plus Lou."  How awesome is that!

Stay tuned for some more Firehouse Five related post because I love this band!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Everyone I Know Has A Big But....

Yesterday I bought tickets to see Pee Wee Herman in New York!  I couldn't be more excited.  In fact I told him so on twitter, and he responded!!!!

If I meet Pee Wee I think all of my life goals will be complete!

Did anyone see the show in LA?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Land vs. World: Half Marathon Edition

Round 1: Courses

In January I ran the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and last week I ran the Disneyland.  I've decided to discuss the pro's and con's of both in case anyone is trying to decide between the two.

I decided the most important factor is probably the course itself.  So lets talk about WDW first.

The Walt Disney World course starts (basically) in the EPCOT Parking lot.  You meet in the parking lot then walk about a mile to the starting line.  The course itself is very close to the route you take when riding the monorail from EPCOT to the Magic Kingdom.  You run from EPCOT through the Magic Kingdom parking lot then veer right and go past the Contemporary and past the Magic Kingdom entrance.  Then you make a U-turn and head into the Magic Kingdom through a cast parking entrance then onto Main Street for a trip around the park.  Next you run down the Grand Floridian side of the lagoon then head back to EPCOT.  Run towards the World Showcase, make a u-turn and back to the parking lot for the finish.

Running through the parks is obviously the best part but Disney does a good job of having characters all over the place to cheer you on.  If you feel like stopping you can wait in line to take a picture with them too.  Plus through almost the whole 13.1 miles there are people cheering you on.  So the non park stretches are not too bad.

Now for Disneyland:

I'm sure the first thing you'll notice here is "Wow, that map does not look nearly as fun..."  Do not get discouraged yet though because the Disneyland Half Marathon has it's perks too.  You start off by waiting in a cast member lot then walking to the starting line.  When the race starts you run down Disney Way and hang a left on Katella, then a left on Harbor and into backstage DCA.  Running through DCA is fun and leads you into Disneyland which is even better.  By the time you reach the carousel you've already done over 3 miles.  After leaving Disneyland though the course loses it's charm.  You run through a warehouse district of Anaheim, luckily some business owners (and rehab facility workers) were outside to cheer us on.  Then you head into a rock quarry type area where passing people is not really an option unless you want to fall 20 feet into a ditch.  After that danger you get to run through Angel Stadium!  Once again though after that the last few miles are nothing to brag about, and since this is through the city there are no characters cheering you on outside the park.  The home stretch leads you back behind DCA and to the finish.

Winner: WDW

The course is better and you have support from characters and spectators for almost the entire run.

Next time we'll look at The Expo, Medals, and Weather.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Walt Disney: Public Menace

Look at this picture:

Cute right? Good ol' Walt Disney playfully sticking up a stage coach full of kids at Disneyland.  You know why he's grinning like that?  I'l tell you, this isn't the first time Walt has pulled a gun on someone.  

Hopefully those kids made out better than this guy: 

Yup, there it is.  Walt Disney beating an unidentified man senseless with the back of a gun on a roof top.  Don't forget Walt was born in Chicago, birthplace of organized crime in American.  We all know Elias moved the Disney's out of Chicago in 1906 to escape all of the big city crime.  Was this the truth or was he moving 5 year old Walt away from his childhood gang?

Well, after spending a few years in Marceline away from all of his gangster friends Elias thought it was safe to move the family back to the city, and this is what happened.....

Alright, this is obviously a joke, here is the whole picture:

Hey, we still don't know who this guy is though.  It kind of looks like Ub.  Maybe Walt enjoyed watching himself beat people up?  Maybe he just needed to make this guy an offer he couldn't refuse..


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Walt: Backstage Adventures With Walt Disney

How about a book review:

Has anyone else read this book?  When Amazon suggested it to me a while back I did not buy it right away because I hated the cover (sorry, I judge books that way).  The author, Charles Show was a script writer for the Disney company and the book contains many stories about his time with Walt.  It also contains some stories that I found very puzzling.

The first story that had me scratching my head was one he told about the Fire House Five Plus Two.  He says the creator and leader of the FHF was a man named Fred then goes on to say "I call him that because his real name was Luke."  He tells a story about how Fred/Luke loved trains and had spotted an old windmill on someone's property and tried to buy it from them.  Well first of all the only train loving leader of the FHF I know of is Ward Kimball, so why call him Fred/Luke?  So I thought well he obviously was not at this windmill purchase attempt so maybe he just threw it in the book to fill pages and he did not know Ward's actual name?  Or, maybe Fred/Luke was a joke between him and Ward.  If so isn't it a bad idea to throw inside jokes into a book like this? Either way he would have met Ward Kimball at some point because in the book Show's claims to have written the scripts for all of the Space Programs for the Disneyland TV show.  Episodes that were hosted by Ward Kimball (and in other books Kimball claims to have been assigned to take charge of by Walt himself).

Later in the book he discusses Disneyland.  Show's talks about how he heard Walt was going to build an old steam train and a monorail in an orange grove and wondering how he was going to pull it off.  He also talks about sneaking down and looking at the models for the Matterhorn before the park opened.  Well obviously he has his dates confused since the Matterhorn and the Monorail did not open until 1959.  Maybe he was old when he wrote this book and forgot that fact, but again would it have killed him to fact check?

Maybe I'm just nit picking but if I spotted these two fairly large mistakes casually reading this book who's to say how many more there are?  And how am I supposed to believe all of the other stories in the book?  I have a hard time believing he ran into Humphrey Bogart at a bar and Bogey punched one of his friends in the face....

If anyone else has read this book I'd love to know how you felt about it.  It was a pretty good read but I feel like the author wrote it to make a quick buck off of the name Walt Disney.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Benton Grammar School

This building is only a few blocks away from the Disney's House in Kansas City Missouri.  What is now a retirement home was once the Benton Grammar School, and in 1910 Walt Disney was one of it's students.  The Disney's left Kansas City in 1917 and the schools name was changed to the D.A. Holmes School.  The name is still on the building.

This was the school Walt attended everyday after his early morning wake ups from Elias to go out and deliver The Kansas City Star.  I did a little Bing mapping to show you how close the school was to the Disney's house (in case you ever find yourself in the neighborhood)

This was as close as I could get.....dang fence

P.S. If you remember my adventure trying to find the Disney's house than pay attention to the map above.  You can see the garage and the end of Bellefontaine Ave & 31 St. where the friendly mechanics took my down the alley to see Walt's shed.  You can read that story here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lyric Ave.

Let's visit another one of Walt's houses. Walt bought this house as a kit and had all the parts delivered.  I hate trying to put toy models together, imagine a model the size of a house being dropped on your property. (Not that Walt had any part in putting it together)

Now from the other side....

What's even better about this is that Roy lived next door!

(Maybe that's his BMW...)

Walt and Roy lived in these houses during the 20's and 30's.  Walt moved out in 1933 to his much larger home on Woking Way.  These houses are only a few blocks away from where the old Hyperion Studio was. They're also very close to the original Disney Brothers Studio and Uncle Robert's house. In fact I drove past and recognized Walt's house (which is on the corner) as I was driving to Uncle Robert's.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mr. Toad Painting's Update

I decided it might be a good idea to watch some old attraction videos of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride to see if I could find the paintings I discussed in my previous post.

They call them dark rides for a reason, so these are the best screen shots I could get.  In the first room you can see the photo of Toad dressed as a guard.

Like I said before, this was the best I could get.

In the next room (which i'll go ahead and call the Jungle Room) you can see the painting of Toad and the lion.

If you stare at this one like you are trying to solve a 3D Magic eye....

There you go my friends. Boy do I miss that ride.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Who wants to ride Peter Pan?

When I arrived in Florida to start my College Program with Disney I was dumb enough to think that i'd be given some kind of pass that would let me skip the lines (well hoping for one at least).  I soon found out that Cast Members had to wait in line with every one else.  My new mission was to find a way around that.  The solution was acquiring Fast Passes.  This was back in 2003 when Cast Member's did not pay attention to the tiny date printed on the bottom of the pass.  Here are the ways I collected:

1. Ripping off the Fast Pass Machine:  If you know how to do this, good for you (if not...sorry).  This was somewhat complicated because you needed 2 to 3 people to pull it off.  One look out, one guy to do the deed and one guy to catch all the passes that were going to shoot out.

2. Asking a fellow CP for a rider switch pass: Instead of just asking for multiple Fast Passes the best thing to do was ask a Cast Member for a rider switch which would get you and 3 friends on.  This was also complicated because most CM's do not go to the parks on there days off and will look at you like an idiot for wasting your day off.  You also have to ask a fellow CP (College Program).  This is because most full time Cast Members hate CP's and will tell you no.  The third problem is that after weeks of asking the same CP's for Rider Switch's they'll get tired of hooking you up.

3. The Locker Room: Have you ever noticed what CM's do with Fast Passes after you turn them in?  They either throw them in a bin or shove a stack in their pockets.  They'll eventually forget about the giant stack in their pockets until it's quitting time.  As they change into their street clothes they will remember about the Fast Passes they had been shoving in their pockets all day and instead of throwing them away they will simply drop them on the bench in the locker room.  So, on my trips to the Magic Kingdom I would enter the utilidor and go straight to the Men's Locker Room where I would collect all of the discarded Fast Passes.

I ended up with Fast Passes from all the parks and had multiple passes for every ride on property.  Aside from all the Peter Pan's in the above photo this is all I have left.

It was a good little system I had going.....

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mr. Toad Paintings

Back when I was in the Walt Disney World College Program (2003-2004), one of my favorite things to do was explore backstage areas.  Most of the time it was the Magic Kingdom I was exploring.  Down in the utilidor (tunnels running under the Magic Kingdom) they still have a plate on the wall that indicates "This way to Mr. Toad and 20,000 Leagues." I used to have a picture of it but cannot seem to find it.

Well one day while exploring backstage I came across a custodial break room.  The entrance is very close to the restrooms that are connected to the Enchanted Grove:

  (Somewhere in that general area)

Through a small window on the door I could see Mr. Toad staring at me.

I went inside and found another one!

At the time I did not own a digital camera which should explain to you why these pictures are so off center.  I also took them very quickly because I did not know if I would get in some kind of trouble.

I've always wondered who decided they should put these two pictures in a tiny break room for custodians?  Well if you look back at the aerial map you will see that the break room is in the same building as The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, the same building the housed Me. Toad's Wild Ride.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Close your mouth Donnie we are not a codfish....

I think I can die happy now.  As you may I enjoy writing letters to celebrities.  I'm not one of these people who just sends out hundreds of letters a week to any random person either.  The majority of the people I write to are Disney or Hitchcock related.  Well about 6 months ago I wrote to Dick Van Dyke and 3 months later he sent back my Mary Poppins dvd cover signed.  It was immediately after this I remembered that I had the Mary Poppins soundtrack on vinyl.  I decided that I would try sending it to Julie Andrews hoping she would sign it.  So I wrote her a note and sent along my album cover.  I knew my girlfriend would be jealous if Mrs. Andrews actually singed my record so I sent along the book jacket to her autobiography asking if she would sign it for Becky.

On all of the sites I had read about Julie Andrews autograph seekers the feedback was this "Sent her a photo, received it back unsigned with a photo of Mrs. Andrews also unsigned."  I was hoping that sending something big like a record might help my chances.  Well it did because here's what was waiting for me in the mail on Monday. (About 2 months after I sent it)

Here's a closer look at her signature.

She was even nice enough to sign the book jacket for Becky too!

P.S. I thought I had already written about my Dick Van Dyke autograph, apparently I haven't so I will post it later in the week.