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Walt Disney’s Oscars

Source: The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates the 2013 Academy Awards season with recently compiled fun facts about the legendary Oscars® and Walt Disney. Twenty-six of these famed Awards are on view at the Museum including the celebrated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Oscar which is on exhibit through April 14, 2013 in the special exhibition, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic.

  • Between 1931 and 1968, Walt Disney won 32 Academy Awards and still holds the record for most individual Academy Awards won. This number includes special and technical awards.
  • Twenty-six of Walt’s Academy Awards—including the Honorary Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—are on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum.
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    Shirley Temple presents Walt Disney with the special Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Academy Award®. Courtesy Walt Disney Family Foundation ©Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Walt’s first Oscar was the first ever Academy Award for Animated Short Subjects, his Silly Symphony “Flowers and Trees.” That same Academy Award Ceremony in 1932, Walt was also given an Honorary Award, which was presented to him for the creation of Mickey Mouse.
  • In 1939, Walt received a custom-made Oscar statuette for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Honorary Award consisted of one standard Oscar statuette, standing above seven other miniature ones—representing each of the Dwarfs, placed on a stepped, 20- inch long base. Shirley Temple presented this second Honorary Award (he won a total of four in his lifetime)—this by far was the most distinctive award in Academy history.
  • The first ever nature documentary Academy Award was awarded to Walt in 1948 for Seal Island.
  • In the 1960s, Walt purchased 20 miniature Oscar charms, each engraved with the name of the work for which it was awarded. He created a beautiful charm necklace and gifted it to his wife Lilian, who then converted it into a charm bracelet, which is on view at The Walt Disney Family Museum.
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    Lillian’s Oscar charm bracelet. Photo by Jim Smith, courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum.

     

  • Academy Award host Bob Hope is rumored to have said (in tribute to Walt’s many wins), ‘if we have any of these statues left over, we’ll just send them to Walt Disney.’
  • Walt also holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations with 59 nods.

 

75 Years Ago: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premiered at Carthay Circle Theater

Snow White Premiere

Seventy-five years ago on December 21st, Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered at Carthay Circle Theater. Click through for the details and some video footage from that day: http://bit.ly/TcOf71 – Happy anniversary, Snow White… 75, and still the fairest one of all!

Happy 111th Birthday Walt Disney!

One hundred and eleven years ago on December 5, 1901, in the upper bedroom of Elias and Flora Disney’s Tripp Avenue home in Chicago, Illinois, Walter Elias Disney was born. 

Walt Disney Child Photo

Hazel George Autographed Card – Walt Disney

This is something I saw on Phil Sears Web site today. Phil is known thorughout the Disney community for selling rare and unique Disneyana items.

As the Walt Disney Studio nurse, Hazel George was among Walt’s most trusted friends at the studio for several decades.  At the end of most work days, she would be called to Walt’s office to provide Walt with a neck massage as he sipped his nightly scotch mist that had been prepared by a member of his secretarial staff.  Few people on earth, aside from Walt’s own family, demonstrated such loyalty and candor when working with him. Author Bob Thomas credited Hazel with unlocking the true story of Walt’s personality in his day to day operations at the studio. Hazel was also a talented songwriter for the Disney Studio (as “Gil George”); writing many songs for the 1950’s Mickey Mouse Club television show. In addition, she penned the lyrics for “OLD YELLER” starring Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, and Kevin Corcoran.

This 3.5″ x 2″ wallet card for the Songwriters Guild is personally autographed by Hazel George.  The card has water stains; otherwise fine.  A very rare autograph of woman whose name appears in almost every Walt Disney biography.

Source: philsears.com

Ryan Gosling In ‘Walt’: The Fake Walt Disney Biopic Poster Created By Pascal Witaszek

Is Ryan Gosling starring as Walt Disney in a Disney biopic directed by Ron Howard? Sadly, no. But after looking at this mock movie poster for “Walt,” the story of “a mouse and a man,” created by French artist Pascal Witaszek, it might just need to happen.

In an email to The Huffington Post, the artist says that his tribute to Disney and Ryan Gosling is a part of his biopics series. “It seems that a lot of people share this funny association between two talented people,” Witaszek says.

Maybe instead of investing $250 million in making box office bomb “John Carter,” Disney should have thought about making this fake Walt Disney biopic into a reality.

‘Avatar’ Theme Land Headed to Disney Parks

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, by Alex Ben Block

The first themed “land” will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with construction expected to start by 2013.

The blue people are coming to Disney.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide has sealed a deal with filmmaker James Cameron and producer Jon Landau, Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment to create themed attractions at Disney parks based on the 2009 movie.

The first themed “land” will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with construction expected to start by 2013.

The first Avatar attraction will be inside the Animal Kingdom park. Disney said this was chosen because “with its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the Avatar stories, which share the same philosophy.”

Cameron and Landau, through Lightstorm, will be creative consultants and partner with Walt Disney Imagineering in the design and development of the Avatar attractions, which eventually will be at other Disney parks worldwide as well.

The deal is exclusive to Disney, which plans to roll out other Avatar attractions over time. Some of that will depend on discussions with joint venture partners on parks outside the U.S.

The parks will not only play off the huge hit movie which dominated the box office for months in 2010, but also benefit from the release to two more movies now in pre-production. Cameron has announced plans to release those movies at Christmas 2014 followed by the second at Christmas 2015.

Avatar was a movie that broke new ground in terms of presentation and technology, especially in the use of 3D. It is expected that the theme park attractions will also use that technology and new innovations to engage park visitors.

“James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “With this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine James’ talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of Disney.”

Avatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we’ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new Avatar films currently in development, we’ll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore,” said James Cameron.  “I’m chomping at the bit to start work with Disney’s legendary Imagineers to bring our Avatar universe to life.  Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of Avatar with an unprecedented sense of reality.”

“This exciting new venture combines the world of Avatar with the enormous reach of Disney and the incomparable talent of Jim Cameron,” said Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman.  “While Jim is bringing audiences further into Pandora with the next two chapters in the Avatar motion picture saga, the theme park attraction will likewise bring a new dimension to the amazing universe he created.”

Avatar is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. Its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures, and strong themes of family and loyalty make it a perfect fit for Disney,” said Thomas O. Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We can’t wait to give our guests the ability to journey to Pandora and explore the incredible immersive world of Avatar in person.”

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO DEVELOPING DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO DEVELOPING DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION

Del Toro Set to Write and Produce Film for Disney

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 22, 2010 –Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters – think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!”

“Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”

Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre grounds of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland’s New Orleans square, it’s the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion’s facade is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Versions of the daunting edifice have been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.

Excerpt from San Diego Comic Con

On Thursday, it was reported that Guillermo del Toro would be producing a new version of The Haunted Mansion, but now we have the full discussion of the project from the man himself. Check out everything he had to say at Comic-Con after the break.

Guillermo del Toro: I went to Disneyland the first time when I was three years old, and I was a lump of fat about this big. And I fortunately was there the year the mansion opened, and I’ve been there every year at least once for the rest of my life. It’s one of those places that I go to… Literally, that’s how freaky I am, unfortunately.

This is a place where I go to when I need to think, when I need to relax and unwind. When we were going through the worst process of Mimic in 1997, we were doing post in Los Angeles and I would go on the weekend and ride it over and over again.

And to me, my man cave, my little house that I have… I have my own Haunted Mansion room with the gargoyles, the wallpaper, original art by Marc Davis, and so on and so forth. And I always felt that the Haunted Mansion told such stories without having to be done solely as a horror film. I thought that the clash or the poignancy of Claude Coates, Rolly, and Marc Davis created a unique flavor for the Mansion.

I would love to say we are doing the movie, it’s live-action. It is going to be in 3D. And we’re making the Haunted Mansion the most haunted place on Earth. And we are doing it by being true to the spirit and the art and the aesthetic of the original Imagineers that created the mansion.

We are not returning Eddie Murphy’s calls.

[laughter]

And we are not making it a comedy. We are making it into an e-ticket ride. We are going to make it scary and fun at the same time. But the scary will be scary. And to me, the mansion has to become the haunted house movie that a generation remembers and loves after being created by us. We are doing this by reintroducing… the mythology in the mansion will be done, and this is really for the hardcore fans, it is going to be created around the character we are reintroducing into the tale. And it is my biggest hope that we can reintroduce it right. And that is the Hatbox Ghost.

Disneyland Resort President Named

By MICHAEL LYSTER
Orange County Business Journal Staff

photo-george-for-blog-150x150A Walt Disney Co. veteran who was on hand for the opening of Disney’s California Adventure is returning to run the company’s Anaheim operations.

George Kalogridis, who has been with the company for 38 years, was named Disneyland Resort president on Monday.

He’ll oversee the company’s two Anaheim theme parks, three hotels and Downtown Disney District shopping center.

Kalogridis most recently served as chief operating officer for Disneyland Resort Paris.

He replaces Ed Grier, who lead Disneyland Resort for the past three years and stepped down last week.

From 2000 to 2002, Kalogridis served as senior vice president of resort operations for Disneyland Resort where he was involved with the opening of California Adventure, Disney’s second Anaheim theme park alongside Disneyland Park.

He also oversaw day-to-day operations of Downtown Disney and the company’s Anaheim hotels.

Kalogridis started with Disney in 1971 as a busboy at the opening of the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.

He returns to Anaheim at a critical time.

The company’s Anaheim theme parks and hotels have seen a slowdown amid the recession.

The Anaheim operations generate more than $1 billion in annual revenue during good years. For the 12 months through June, city officials expected the Disney operations to generate $937 million in revenue.

Disney is looking to makeover plans for California Adventure to drive future visitors to Anaheim.

Last year, Disney announced plans for a $1.1 billion upgrade to the theme park, which has struggled to meet expectations in the shadow of ever popular Disneyland.

Since opening eight years ago, California Adventure has drawn about 5 million visitors a year, versus the 7 million Disney originally hoped for.

Disney is in the process of replacing the park’s California vacation theme with a piece of Walt Disney’s early days in Hollywood and rides based on films from the company’s Pixar Animation Studios Inc. and older Disney characters.

Part 3: Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary

HIST_DLmansionWith the loss of their great visonary, the Imagineers debated over the design concepts of the haunted mansion, such as whether the haunted mansion experience should be scary, or funny. In the end, imaginers Marc Davis (funny), and Claude Coats (scary), combined their ideas, so the ride begins with spooky sets and chilling concepts, and eventually becomes “a swinging wake”, full of silly spooks, and ghostly gags.

Finally, after years of planning the New Orleans Square Haunted Mansion opened its doors, on August 9, 1969.

During this time the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom was being planned and constructed in Florida. So duplicates of each mansion prop and scene were constructed, with one staying in California, and the other going to Florida, to be stored until the WDW haunted mansion was completed.

LibertySquare_frontThe haunted mansion in Disney World was located in Liberty Square, and the façade reflects the Colonial architecture of the surrounding structures.   The façade is a mixture of Hudson River Valley, Dutch Gothic style, and of a particular mansion in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, called The Harry Packer Mansion.

The Liberty Square mansion was completed in time for Walt Disney World’s opening in 1971.

HISTtokyomansionAnother haunted mansion was built in Tokyo Disneyland.   It has the same architectural style as the Liberty Square mansion, but it is located in Fantasyland.   It also has been known to break Walt Disney’s “rule” of “taking care” of the outside, having a somewhat neglected appearance.

HISTphantommanorThe haunted mansion in Disneyland Paris, known as The Phantom Manor, completely ignores Walt’s decree, and returns to Harper Goff’s original concept of a ramshackle Victorian house on a hill.   Disneyland Paris, and The Phantom Manor opened on April 12, 1992.   This haunted mansion is l ocated in Frontierland, next to Big Thunder Mesa. Unlike the other Disney haunted mansions, Phantom Manor follows a specific story plot, of a jilted bride, and a phantom groom.


That’s the end of my three part series on the Disney Haunted Mansions. If you want the definitive history of the haunted mansions, I recommend that you purchase Jason Surrell’s excellent book, “The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies“.

Doombuggies.com is also a great web site dedicated to the Haunted Mansions!

Sources: History Text (haunteddimensions.raykeim.com)