Saturday, January 28, 2012

Disney Blog Roundup: 1/28/11

   It has been a super busy week here in wonderful Montclair!  We got a nice mention on the Washington Post website this week, and subsequently got tons and tons of thats a good thing, right?  Hmmmm.  Thanks for reading friends.  Here are some of our favorite things from this past week:

   - Our new friends at Mouse On The Mind have their own unique take on wordless wednesdays with Wayfinding Wednesdays!    I love this idea!

   - Stuff From The Park brings us this totally awesome Disneyland Gift Catalog!  I'll take one of the Annette albums please!  :)

   - The Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia brings us a wonderful melange of Carsland concept art!  DCA Concept Art Bonanza!

   - In Winnie The Who?  Anthony at Moved By The Mouse looks at the Disney Oscar nods, and lack there of.

   - Eating (and Drinking) Around The World takes an in depth look  at the awesome new sake bar in Epcot!  Looks terrific!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Badass Composer, Bruce Broughton.

    When admiring contributions to the Disney theme parks we often think of high profile imagineers like Tony Baxter or Joe Rohde, and for good reason.  We might also think of people who's contributions are small (in park terms) but held in such high regard, namely Mary Blair. (But also more contemporary artists like Shag, who will probably have a long lasting impression.)
   I'd like to take a moment to thank Bruce Broughton.  Without realizing, this guy has made me so incredibly happy.  No, you don't have any beautiful images to admire, any architecture to be in awe at, or any stage shows that he's directed.  Bruce Broughton is a composer, and unknowing to me, created not one but TWO of my favorite attraction scores.  In addition to these he has also scored a few awesome Disney movies.  (Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

This music gets me so hyped up...

more after the jump...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Peg Leg Pete Is In and Out.

   I just found two wonderful childrens books at the local used book store....including In/Out...A Disney Book of Opposites. The concept of this book is very simple and charming, and is illustrated by Richard Duerrstein in a wonderfully early nineties kind of way.  
   The back cover reads:

   Mickey is IN the box.  Mickey is OUT of the box.  Pluto is OVER the bar. Pluto is Under the bar.  In this sturdy board book, bold expressive pictures of favorite Disney characters illustrate simple opposites such as UP and DOWN.  Toddlers will love the fresh new look of their favorite friends while learning the basic concept of opposites.

   Under normal circumstances (ie- the art of disney store) I'm repulsed by any thing referred to as "fresh new look."  But these are pretty charming, and must be fun for kids.

more after the jump...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Disney Blog Roundup: 1/21/12

   So, it's snowing, quite a bit.  I'm not looking forward to putting on my snowboots and walking to work in a minute. :(  poo.   Maybe these great Disney related blog posts will cheer me up?

   - Imaginerding continues their awesome book reviews with Roller Coasters, Flumes, and Flying Saucers.  Looks pretty cool to me!

   - Arguably my favorite blog out there, Progress City, U.S.A, brings us this wonderfully esoteric Dr. Who clip, featuring Disney Time.  Ha least Adam isn't the only nerd out there.

   - Major Pepperidge is still doin his thing over at Gorillas Don't Blog.  Lets all take a look at some often overlooked attractions from the '64 worlds fair! 

   - I would have bet money that Sarah at Eating WDW would despise all things T-Rex Cafe....way to prove me wrong!  Also, I think they lie about the amount of beer in those 21oz glasses, from experience.

   Have a nice, possibly snow filled, afternoon.  If you live in a warm area of the world...suck it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mickey Is Not A Clown.

   I'm right in the middle of finally reading the epic and amazing The Art of Walt Disney by Christopher Finch.  A good friend gave us this book as a wonderful Christmas gift, and I'm glad she did.  It is so full of information that I've resorted to sticky noting it all over. 
   Toward the beginning of the book we find the Disney artists just developing, and taking the in house art school that Walt set up, the reputation of which would live infamously.   A manual used for the training was put together by Ted Sears and Freddie Moore, and contained this description of Mickey Mouse that I found absolutely delightful.

  From Ted Sears:

   "Mickey is not a clown...he is neither silly nor dumb.
   "His comedy depends entirely upon the situation he is placed in
   "his age varies with the situation...sometimes his character is that of a young boy, and at other times, as in the adventure type of picture, he appears quite grown up....

   "Mickey is most amusing when in a serious predicament trying to accomplish some purpose under difficulties, or against time....When Mickey is working under difficulties, the laughs occur at the climax of each small incident or action.  They depend largely upon Mickey's expression, position, attitude, state of mind, etc., and the graphic way that these things are shown....
   "Mickey is seldom funny in a chase picture, as his character and expressions are usually lost."

   Freddie Moore continues in the description of Mickey's personality: 

  " Mickey seems to be the average young boy of no particular age; living in a small town, clean living, fun loving, bashful around girls, polite, and clever as he must be for the particular story.  In some pictures, he has a touch of Fred Astaire,  in others,  of Charlie Chaplin, and some, of Douglas Fairbanks, but in all of these, there should be some of the young boy. "

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Sword Sheath.

   Located directly in front of the check in counter at Jambo House, is a wonderful beaded sword sheath. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Coverland: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

   Today we are traveling back to the 1930's and investigating a few renditions of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?   This song, composed by Frank Churchill, was one of the earliest Disney branded hit songs and has subsequently become part of the American canon of music.  There is no short supply of awesome and ridiculous cover versions.

Henry Hall's classic version.

More after the jump...

Monday, January 16, 2012

In Love With: Columbia Harbour House.

   Nestled right in the heart of Liberty Square is a wonderful counter service restaurant.  No, not Sleepy Hollow Refreshments....though the thought of a waffle sandwich makes me very excited.  No sir.  When I'm in the Magic Kingdom for lunch it's straight to Columbia Harbour House.
   CHH often gets a bad wrap.  Be it the bad fish smell often associated with the restaurant, the somewhat cramped interior, or the strange bottleneck created going into Fantasyland.  Poor Harbour House always takes the blame.  Well, I'm here to stick up for the little guy.  These are a few reasons why CHH is my favorite WDW counter service restaurant.

more after the jump...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Quickie: Adam At Animal Kingdom.

    Often times I get left out of photos....but I do enjoy these regardless.  Photos in Animal Kingdom are usually pretty great.  Smile, friends, you have Disney in your life.

   These are all from our May 2011 trip.... 11 nights at AKL

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Disney Blog Roundup: 1/14/12

   Here at Disney Hipster Headquarters we have crossed (and are about to cross) a few milestones.  December was our the most viewed month here at the blog,  we've finally crossed that 400 twitter follower benchmark, and are about to hit our 1,000th tweet.  Nice. Very happy to be serving you guys so efficiently.
   Here are some of our favorite reads this week:

   - Food darling Sarah over at Eating WDW visited the Restaurant Marrakesh for both LUNCH  and DINNER!  Tough job, but someone has to do it.

   - Gorillas Don't Blog brings us great pictures every day. But these pictures of the Matterhorn  make us very it will be closed during our trip to Disneyland in May.  :(

   - Matt at the wonderful Vintage Alice In Wonderland blog brings us these wonderful magazine images!

   - Our favorite guys over at Moved By The Mouse take a trip to Madame Tussaud's and discover an abundance of Disney related folks!   wonderful!

  - Lets take a close look at Disneyland famed Tahitian Terrace restaurant, via Daveland.  Love the high quality menu image! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Experimental Dance Instructor, Annette.

   One of the funnier phenomenons of the 1950's and 60's was pop stars trying to invent new dances.  I'm pretty sure this rarely if ever actually worked.  Were they trying to extend their popularity?
    In Annette's case I hardly think that was it.  She was immensely famous, and remained so well after her Disney days.  I think in this case it was just a matter of convenience.  Not every song could be Tall Paul or Pineapple Princess.   With the Sherman Brothers writing a big majority of your hits, you may have to settle for lesser work now and then.  Here are a couple of very charming examples of our girl:

Annette with Bob wonderful.

I wish I was one of these dancers.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Epcot Therapy.

   I'm having a very nostalgic morning, and missing Walt Disney World very much.  Maybe its the sick feeling in my stomach knowing that there are no more Betamouse episodes. :( 
   Regardless, when I get sad I look through our vast Disney vacation photo archives.  Here are a few that made me smile today.

   Being goofballs in Epcot makes me very happy inside.   It's funny how a park that I once considered quite lame is now the one that brings out the most sentimentality.  I listen to more Epcot background music than any other park.  Now I'm sad again. :(

A Few Eyvind Earle Castle Paintings

   Eyvind Earle was a Disney background artist in the 1950's and 60's.  The canon of his work is noted for stark lines and bold contrasting color.  His shapes are epic in proportion, and sturdy in their grounding.  Whimsical trees, stoic and beautiful animals, and architecture scraping the sky are littered throughout his work.  Here are a few of his concept paintings for the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. 

more after the jump...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Summer Magic Movie Poster.

   I'm quite sure I've mentioned my love of Hayley Mills once or twice.  This love transcends childhood as I spent the entire summer of 08 watching Summer Magic and listening to Hayley's first (and last) album. My love for Hayley will never wane.  Sigh.
   Being the good boy that he is, Adam went above and beyond this Christmas and got me an original movie poster from Summer Magic!  I especially love the terrific illustrations toward the bottom of the poster.  Enjoy.

That wonderful Hayley...

 Nancy and Gilly, being total bullies... 

more after the jump...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Body Wars: Extreme Edutainment.

   No other attraction at Epcot swills up discussion quicker than Body Wars. It was  Thrilling, educational,  had bad/awesome eighties acting, plus there was the nausea factor. (matched only by its relative twin Star Tours.)   People either love this attraction like crazy...or, crazy nauseous on it and never rode again.

 more after the jump...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Quickie: The Boys Meet The Mad Hatter.

   We got a chance to meet with the Mad Hatter during Mickey's Not So Scary.... We had never met him before, and this was a great chance since there was no wait involved.  He asked what we were dressed up as. Myself as an owl, and Adam as a squirrel.   It's at this point that the hatter started bringing up the "viral dead squirrel video."  Another great example of cast members "breaking character" for us.  :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wonders of Life: Mobile.

   The centerpiece of the interior of the Wonders of Life Pavilion was undoubtedly the constantly moving blue mobile.   This fun piece of nostalgia was designed to be moved by the predominate winds from outside the building!  Very fun, and very Epcot.

more after the jump...