Thursday, February 20, 2014

Vintage Disney


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Vintage Disney

What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase "Vintage Disney?"  For some it's old theme park attractions, others it's The Fox and the Hound - that phrase can go so many directions.

For me? I go directly to Mickey Mouse.

Steamboat Willie

We recognize Steamboat Willie as Mickey Mouse's first cartoon - but did you know that Plane Crazy came out first?  Plane Crazy was given a silent screen test in May of 1928.  Though it didn't take off, Disney added sound and released Steamboat Willie in November of 1928, and fully releasing Plane Crazy as a sound cartoon in 1929.

In 1929 alone, there were 12 mickey mouse cartoons released.  Sketches were made over and over, turned into storyboards, which turned into animated features - that we can still enjoy today (thank you, you tube!).  I'm always amazed at the discipline and the tedium of animation - it's so incredible to see how they made it!

Of the 130+ films Mickey Mouse starred in (not to include the new/old one that premiered at Frozen which is incredible), my favorite sticks with The Band Concert.

Vintage Mickey - big, full, black eyes - I love the pie-slice eyes, too - but this one right here.  Mickey in his band leader costume.  He's my absolute favorite.  This 1935 is so clever - it's witty, displays classical music, cartoon antics, and is the absolute basic Mickey Mouse and what comes to mind when I hear "Vintage Disney."

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**All pictures from the Walt Disney Family Museum. If you find yourself in San Francisco, this is an absolute must for Disney fans - plus great views of the city!**

16 comments:

  1. As the saying goes, it all started with a mouse, right Jenn? I love your post about Mickey Mouse, thank you for writing it and sharing those great photos! Did you take them at Hollywood Studios, or somewhere else? I'm interested to see them myself. Thanks!

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  2. All the work that went into animating those classic cartoons is amazing! I'm so glad that Walt went ahead with his vision - it's gone so far from those early days. What a legend!

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  3. Disney Family Museum in San Francisco! I went straight to my pictures to figure out what to write about!





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  4. I wondered if that was the case! I've got to make it over there for that. Thanks Jenn!

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  5. It is amazing that the wall is just a few of all the images it takes to make the original Mickey. And I also am partial to the Band Concert.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your photos of vintage Mickey! It's always fascinating to see the humble beginnings of something that has come to mean so much to so many people.

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  7. I love the vintage Mickey Mouse too Jenn! I am so glad all of these drawings have been perserved, it's like a little bit of Walt still here for us to enjoy.

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  8. Great pics of Vintage Mickey. The best thing about "Get a Horse" is that it introduces a whole new generation to vintage Mickey.

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  9. I love to watch vintage Mickey shorts! Get a Horse is such an amazing way to pay homage to those old films!

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  10. You had me at "Mickey". I love to watch vintage Mickey cartoons, even my girls like to watch them too on the Mickey Mouse Video app. Great post.

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  11. Jenn - I love this! Where are the original drawings? I would love to see them in person.

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  12. Great take on vintage!! Mickey ages very well :)

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  13. This is perfect for you!! Mickey in a band uniform!! :) great vintage post!

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  14. I never heard of Plane Crazy! I can see why you are drawn to The Band Concert Jenn. Was Mickey your musical inspiration?? :D

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  15. I really, really want to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum and seeing your photos makes me want to visit even more. I love watching the vintage cartoons. The Band Concert is one of my favorites too. :)

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  16. Great post! I love seeing the old drawings of Mickey!

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