Sunday, March 31, 2013

"Bambi's" Thumper Limited Edition Sericel

I bought this Sericel of Thumper, titled "They Call Me Thumper" back in the early 90's, but can't remember where from. I worked at an Animation Gallery in Philadelphia, and a Disney Store part time concurrently, so I imagine it was from either of those.

From the card that came with it:

Energetic bunny Thumper introduces himself to the newborn Prince of the Forest, Bambi, by demonstrating the percussive trademark thump of his hind foot.
From the film Bambi (1942)
Edition Size 5,000

The  Certificate of Authenticity goes on to explain the scene this is from as well as the Sericel process in more detail.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Carthay Circle Postcard

My wife Barbie and I received this postcard a couple of weeks ago from her cousin Jill.

It depicts the Carthay Circle Theatre.
From the back of the card:

The Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles is the home of gala and world premiers.
Thousands of cheering fans line the streets and stand outside the theatre,
and enthusiastically greet the hundreds of illustrious stars who attend.

Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” had its world premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre on December 21, 1937. Sadly, it was demolished in 1969 and replaced by an office block.

An homage is now part of Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, in the form a wonderful new Restaurant.

Look for a review coming soon to Disney Musings.

Paradise Pier at California Adventure Desktop

The view of Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure from the Villas At the Grand Californian Hotel, room 6504.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Lambert the Sheepish Lion

Yesterday I shared a few of the Whiskers and Tales Vinylmation series.
How I got the Lambert the Sheepish Lion Vinyl has a story.

I visited my local Disney Store, and they were having a sale, buy 1 Vinylmation and get a Robots 3 Vinylmation free. I picked up a Whiskers and Tales, and a Brave set, which was marked down to $7.99!

I opened up the boxes right there. The two Robots I got were Grumpy Bot and the Alien Bot from Toy Story. The Whiskers and Tales figure I got was the Baby Pegasus from Hercules.

Now, in the photo above, you can clearly see I do not have the Baby Pegasus pictured. That's because when I opened up my box to reveal a Baby Pegasus, a young lady standing nearby gave out a little gasp. "I've been trying to get that forever! I've bought 7, and still didn't get it!" I told her I'd be more than happy to trade for whatever figure she had. She pulled out Lambert, the Lion pictured above. She was almost in tears, and gave me a hug!

Who's Lambert?
"Lambert the Sheepish Lion" is an animated short film released in 1952, narrated by Disney Legend Sterling Holloway, the original voice of Winnie the Pooh,  about a lion cub mistakenly left with a flock of sheep by a stork. It's a fish out of water story about how Lambert comes into his own. It's a wonderful cartoon which I haven't seen in several years.
I brought it out this past weekend.
It can be found on YouTube, but I have it on the Walt Disney Treasures, Disney Rarities, Celebrated Shorts: 1920s-1960s DVD Set.

Lambert is pictured on Disc 2 (which is odd, as his cartoon is actually on Disc 1).

And he can also be found in the booklet which accompanies this outstanding set, pictured with his adoptive mother.

So the trade at the Disney Store turned out to be very fortuitous. I was able to make someone happy, and in return was reminded of an animated treasure, and have a wonderful momento as well.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Whiskers and Tales Vinylmation Series

One of the newest offerings from Disney's Vinylmation line is the Whiskers and Tales Series, and over the last few weeks, I've picked up several.

I started off with 3, and was lucky enough to get the very awesome chaser, Timothy Mouse! Timothy is, of course, from the animated classic, Dumbo.

I also got Figaro from Pinocchio...

...and Bolt, from...Bolt.

Last week I traded a Robot Series 2 figure for Flower from Bambi at a local Disney Store.

Other figures in the series are Tito from Oliver & Company, Baby Pegasus from Hercules, Lucky from 101 Dalmatians, Nana from Peter Pan,  Dinah from Alice in Wonderland , Lady from Lady and the Tramp, Lambert from Lambert the Sheepish Lion, and Lucifer from Cinderella.

Tomorrow I will share another Vinylmation figure I traded for at the Disney Store.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jammin' at Epcot

Guest Writer Wednesday

Jammin' at Epcot!
By Gaylin

If you look on the Epcot daily schedule, it will have a listing for the Jammitor's, if you haven't watched this trio, make sure you do next trip.

If you like really good percussion and really bad puns and jokes, these guys are for you!

(Note: During the Food & Wine Festival they may be listed as the Jammin' Chefs and trade out their garbage cans for stoves!)

They will be listed as playing outside either East or West Innoventions, I think it depends on the time of the year so they can get a little shade.

In all their glory - The Jammitors!!!

Time for some crowd gathering.

Dude's got the bling going on.

He noticed me taking photos and struck a pose, isn't he cool.

Time to bring the noise.

Solo time.

Second solo, gee, where did he get that awesome hat . . .

The drum kit logo. The trio hangs around for a couple of minutes after they are done to talk to kids and hand out stickers that match the Jiminy Cricket logo on the front to encourage recycling.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Brave Little Tailor Musical Figures

Brave Little Tailor Tuesdays!My favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon is "The Brave Little Tailor". Released in 1938, this was one of the last of the old, and in my opinion, best, style Mickey cartoons, before his retooling for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." To me, this is Mickey's finest hour. If you haven't seen it, it can be found on the Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color DVD set.  I have quite a few Mickey as The Brave Little Tailor collectibles and over the next few months, I will share them every Tuesday. I picked these 2 musical figures up while working at a Disney Store in the mid 90's.
  Mickey didn't battle the giant for fame or fortune, he did it for the hand of Princess Minnie. 
Wind her up and Minnie plays "Someday My Prince Will Come."

The killer of seven with one blow, Tailor Mickey. 

Mickey plays "When You Wish Upon a Star."
Please stop back next Tuesday for more Brave Little Tailor!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Epcot's Canada Pavilion

First of all, don't those photos make you want to live there? Each year the plantings are more lovely then the last. Epcot's Canada Pavilion may be one of the most scenic, hidden spots in the World Showcase. It is a lovely walk down to their restaurant, "Le Cellier Steakhouse" where one can get a phenomenal meal. Beware, you must make reservations well in advance of your trip! Many of our friends and acquaintances have laughed at us to hear that we would book a meal six months in advance of a trip we were planning, but that's just par for the course for us!

Try the cheddar cheese soup. Yum! The pretzel bread sticks, I'm drooling right now...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Disneyland's Jungle Cruise, Elephant Pool Desktop

If you want to take pictures go ahead--all the elephants have their trunks on.

Flea Market Finds: Mickey at Walt Disney World Postcards

I picked these postcards up at the flea market a few weeks ago. They all feature Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World. We'll start with this fun one, with Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto in front of Cinderella Castle.

Holly was at Walt Disney World during Christmastime, 1979, and sent a postcard to her class. She was really rubbing it in when she tells them it's Monday, and she is at Disney World while the rest of her schoolmates are apparently in school! Classic.

Next up we, we have the Chief Firemouse, which, I believe, is also from 1979.

This person is writing Carol to tell her she is spending time with cousins, and that it's hot, but I can't make out what month it is.

The next card was never sent, and I'm not sure of the date.

Strike Up the Band! "Drum Major Mickey Mouse leads the Walt Disney World Band down Main Street U.S.A. in one of the musical group's daily performances." This leads one to believe that, at least at one point during the day, you'll see Mickey Mouse leading the band. I am not sure if this ever happened, but I'd like to see it.

And finally, we have Mickey's Collection, which is apparently pictures a collection of older cards, including the one above.

It's January 1991, and Aunt Freda is writing her family about her 2 week vacation. It's January and it's cold at Epcot Center, but at least she's having a good time.

No matter what time of year you visit Walt Disney World, it's hard NOT to have a good time!