Cameo Theatre ‘Snow White’ Movie Re-release Advertisement

Snow White and the Seven Vertically Challenged Fellas was released all the way back in 1937. But it had to wait until 1938 for a wider release. It took the world by storm! And as the shining star of the Walt Disney Company’s movie catalogue, it was only natural that it would see many re-releases over the years.

The paper advertisement I am featuring in this post was given away to promote just such a re-release of the movie by the Cameo Theatre in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada. It may have been inserted into the local newspaper or given out at the theatre after other shows.

Let’s have a look:

8″ x 10″

Certainly not a glossy picture, this is actually printed on plain card stock. The image is crisp and clear with good colour. It simply shows the eight main characters of the movie.

The Cameo Theatre doesn’t appear to be in operation today. This isn’t surprising as many old theatres in small towns have closed due to economic downturns and the advent of huge cineplexes. But even in its heyday, you can see that it wasn’t much to look at:

Image – Claire Delage

The old Cameo Theatre sat across an alley from the Post Office and directly beside the “NuStyle” Beauty Salon (Gertrude Aikman, Proprietor) on Main Street. Every building to the right of the theatre were eventually torn down for newer development.

From the back of the card, we learn that the movie was re-released to this theatre on August 18th thru to the 20th. But of what year? To determine that, let’s have a look at the release dates for the US market and see what we can learn.

Release dates:

December 21st, 1937 – American Premiere / April 5th, 1938 – Original Release in Canada

From here on, I will only list the American re-release dates, as the assumption is that they loosely correspond with the Canadian dates:

February 22nd, 1944 / February 15th, 1952 / February 7th, 1958 / June 11th, 1967

December 20th, 1975 / July 15th, 1983 / July 15th, 1987 / July 2nd, 1993

Movies typically are released in Canada anywhere from concurrent to or up to one month after the original release in the United States. So that would place the arrival of Snow White in Morrisburg likely in either 1983, 1987, or 1993. To use further deductive reasoning, I think the artwork and patina of the paper point to the earliest date.

To postulate a tad further: Given that the theatre was old and, dare I say, run down, in the 1950’s, I think we may be able to assert that this advertisement was possibly for the 1967 re-release of the movie.

Regardless of the year it was given to eager patrons of the Cameo Theatre, this paper advertisement represents a nice piece of Disney history!

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EPCOT Center Promotional Flyer with Concept Art

Ephemera is defined as lasting for a short period of time. Synonyms for this term are: temporary , transitory , fleeting , and momentary. In other words, flyers like the one I am featuring in this post were meant to fulfill a purpose and then… be thrown away. But I’m a Disney fan. I save paper napkins and ticket stubs! And if you’re reading this post, I’m guessing that you do too.

So Disney collectors and eBay Sellers will keep paper products like this one alive for years to come. For there is nothing transitory about Disney fandom!

This promotional pamphlet was released in 1981 to generate excitement for the pending opening of EPCOT Center on October 1st, 1982. It features some beautiful concept art. I believe this was released quite late in 1981 because the concepts shown are pretty much what ended up being in the actual Park. So the artwork featured was well beyond the original Blue Sky imagining of earlier released promotional media.

Cover – 4″ x 9″

This pamphlet begins the same size as a regular Park Map. But it then unfolds to twice the size to reveal an awesome image of what would be Spaceship Earth:

Overleaf – 8″ x 9″

For the remaining pages the pamphlet unfolds again to twice the size of the Overleaf page to reveal full page images of the Park and all the planned attractions:

Introduction Page – 16″ x 9″

As of 2020, much of the buildings pictured in the image above are gone. EPCOT is undergoing a major overhaul with significant retheming. So this pamphlet should be a nice piece of nostalgia for fans of the original EPCOT Center!

As a fun side note: Who wants the ‘Center’ added back to the name of this Park? Disney has re-capitalized the main name and reinstalled the Entrance Fountain. Is it too much of a stretch to go just that little bit further to reestablish the full wonder of EPCOT and make it a ‘center’ once again?

Future World

Travel the corridors of time and discover the future.” This page introduces us to Spaceship Earth, the Universe of Energy, and the Transportation pavilion. Note the multicultural nature of the guests strolling around the Park. Is it Dapper Days at EPCOT?

Featured Lands

The next page continues our look into the Future with The Land, EPCOT Computer Central (Communicore), New Horizons (remember the underwater colony?), and Journey Into Imagination. Yes, Dreamfinder may be gone, but Figment lives on!

World Showcase

Next we are introduced to the World Showcase: “Travel the countries of the world and discover the family of man.” This first of two pages features the American Adventure, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

More Pavilions

Page two of the World Showcase section features China, Germany, France, Mexico, and Italy. But wait, isn’t there someone, or somewhere, missing? Actually, both Morocco (added on September 7th, 1984) and Norway (added on June 3rd, 1988) are missing from this pamphlet.

Back Cover – 4″ x 9″

Walt Disney World touted EPCOT Center as a place for ‘The Dreamers and Doers’. Walt Disney himself was hoping that EPCOT would be a place where American industry could prove the value of the free enterprise system. He envisioned it as a permanent World’s Fair. I don’t believe it actually ended up reaching either of those lofty goals. But the EPCOT that came to be has showcased invention, imagination, and world culture. And that ain’t bad!

If you love these perishable paper products, just enter the keyword ‘Ephemera’ into the ‘search box’ of this site and you’ll find a virtual kaleidoscope (a constantly changing selection of objects or elements) of forgotten Disney media. We like definitions almost as much as ephemera! Can you tell?

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Kellogg’s Promotional Mini Mickey Plush

If you grew up watching Disney cartoons in the mid to late 1990’s, no doubt you’ve heard of The Disney Afternoon. This was a time when you could watch one Disney-themed property after another until your Mom said “Enough! Go outside and play!” During this time, unknown to the unsuspecting children, Disney had partnered with Kellogg’s to cross-promote. Later, a multi-year global relationship between these two titans of industry would be formed in 2002 introducing several new cereal and snack food products to the consumables market.

And it was because of this partnership that the little guy featured in this post came to be. And he looks pretty happy about it:

‘Mini’, but not ‘Minnie’

This particular giveaway, found in specially marked boxes of Kellogg’s cereal, was released in 2008 to promote the Disney Parks – What Will You Celebrate? event scheduled to begin in 2009.

Here is an excerpt from the official Disney announcement for this promotion: “Everyone who visits a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park on their birthday in 2009 can get in free, as Disney Parks embraces a newly identified family travel trend called “celebration vacations”. In this new national trend, Canadian families are hitting the road to mark life’s special occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, reunions and more – with a “celebration vacation”. In 2009, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts will lead this growing trend with new entertainment and services that allow guests to turn their personal milestones into magical Disney experiences.”

Got all that? Good! So what did YOU celebrate? After all, the 37th Anniversary of Walt Disney World was a big thing… wasn’t it? Or were we celebrating Disneyland’s 54th Anniversary? I’m just not sure…

What better way to celebrate a BIG event then with an incredibly small Mickey plush? Yes, at just 4″ tall, this stuffie is definitely huge in cuteness, but fits perfectly in the family sized cereal boxes destined to sit in your cupboard!

Tag with Possible Branding

Well, whatever it was we were supposed to be celebrating, it was nice to find this adorable Mickey plush in our breakfast cereal.

Can’t get enough celebrating? Me neither! So join me in checking out something from an actual Anniversary, Disneyland’s 50th, by clicking the link.

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Walt Disney World Mickey Mouse Baseball

So it’s Saturday and time for a friendly game of America’s favorite Pastime: Baseball. Even Mickey Mouse has an athletic side and is ready to play! Today’s game is to be hosted at Walt Disney World.

If you’re ready to go to bat and swing at the pitches, let’s play ball:

Batter Up

I’m pretty certain this was never game used. I don’t know just what game would have been played between whom, or where!

Mickey appears on the ball to give us some friendly tips to help us improve our game:

Always keep your eyes on the ball!

Feet should be spread shoulder width apart.”

I’m no expert, but those tips seem like good advice if you want to win the game. Whatever that game may be. Whomever it’s against. Wherever it’s being played.

Mickey Imprints

A nice feature of this baseball is the many subtle imprints of Mickey on the surface. Some of them contain more tips, although, they are hard to read. Here is the only one I could make out:

The feet are pointed straight to home base

I think there is at least one more full tip, but it is far too faded to make out. It is four lines long. Others are repeats of the two main tips featured in darker black with Mickey.

Disney Copyright

This bears the DISNEY copyright which means it could have been manufactured during almost any era of Disney merchandising. However, being as it was made in China, I surmise it was probably produced no earlier than the 1980’s.

Well, the bases are loaded and YOU are up at bat! The whole team, not to mention the entire crowd of fans, are depending on you for victory! So choose your bat and come out swinging! Who knows? If you hit a homerun, you may be the next Casey!

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse Slider Puzzle

Is it a just a puzzle or a toy, too? Maybe only your child can say for sure! This cute little play thing is a mystery. I can find no maker stamps or year of production for it other than the Walt Disney Productions copyright. This copyright was used from 1929 up to 1986. So this unique Slider Puzzle is no newer than the mid-1980’s.

From the artwork, it could be from the 1970’s or early 1980’s.

I’ll order the images in sequence from mixed to completed. See if you can guess what the final image will be. Ahem. There’s an obvious clue in the first image:

Guess Number One

Yes, I think we can all agree that it features Mickey and Minnie!

Guess Number Two

Is Mickey higher or lower than Minnie?

Guess Number Three

Okay, definitely lower. And as we slide the final pieces into position:

Boring, Uninformative, Back of the Puzzle

We take a break and look at the uninspiring back of the puzzle. Psyche!

Completed Puzzle

So this should come as no surprise to those of you who got the clue in the opening image! But it was fun getting here, right? More modern versions are currently selling for about $12.95 US a piece. The fun is still out there!

To see a more traditional Disney-themed puzzle, mint in the box, and featuring Mickey and Minnie (and Donald with Daisy) at Walt Disney World, check out this Vintage Jigsaw Puzzle by Whitman.

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SEGA Shapes ‘N Styles: Flat Minnie Redemption Prize

Before the Skinny Minnie line of merchandise there was Flat Minnie from SegaPrize USA. You couldn’t buy one. The only way to get one was as a prize redemption from the gaming giant SEGA.

Here is what SEGA has to say about its prize and merchandise line: We take great pride in developing the highest possible quality of product, whilst continuing to meet our core objectives offering our customers the best value for money. We view every prize as a cherished memory from the moment it’s won, immortalizing a great day out with friends and family. Sega Prize doesn’t just aim to meet our customers expectations, we strive to exceed them! Attention to detail is key to our design philosophy, every item is developed with the needs of our customers and visitors in mind.

The plush I am featuring here is a Series 1 release from SegaPrize USA:

Even flat as the proverbial pancake, Minnie Mouse still manages to look cute! She is attired in her signature red bow and polka dot skirt.

For whatever reason, the manufacturer of Minnie’s clothing must have run out of white polka dots, because the back of her skirt doesn’t have any! What’s up with that?

While visiting Walt Disney World some time ago I noticed a new line of Minnie-inspired merchandise called Skinny Minnie. It was presumably meant to mimic the fashion models found on runways around the world. But no matter how thin Minnie was for that line, she couldn’t have been as thin as this Minnie plush!

The tags for the plush make it clear that this release was not for retail sale. Only via a prize redemption with SEGA could you obtain your very own.

So this was probably released in either 2003 or 2004, as Series 2 was released in 2005 and 2006. Series 2 was called Disney Villains and offered the characters Captain Hook, Jafar, Ursula, Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Maleficent. The plush in this line were not flat, but normal plumpness and also 14″ high, like our Flat Minnie.

I think there was a Series 3 called ‘Nappers’ with Disney characters, well… napping. It appears there was no Series 4. However, there have been and continue to be many Disney-themed prizes on the SEGA site.

For more unusual Disney plush, check out my earlier post entitled Disney Princess Plush Dolls. They look like little ballerinas!

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Burger King Kids Club – Goofy and Max Innertube Toy

I really had to think about what to call this little plastic… thing. It’s all kind of cool and fun but defies an easy label. It reminds me of the Lazy River attractions that many water parks have. At any rate, they sure seem to be relaxed!

I have pieces of original objects from Disney and the Resorts worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars, but this little plastic toy still rates up in my top 10 favorite items in my collection. I just keep seeing myself so content and happy on the water! Take a look and see if you don’t want to join them:

A Patch Apiece

Goofy and Max are having a father and son moment. But as usual with the Goof, disaster may be only a moment away if the patching on the innertube is any indication!

This toy reminded me of my trip to Disney’s California Adventure where they have Midway games set up along the Boardwalk. One of the games is called Goofy About Fishin‘. Is that the same hat?

Disney’s California Adventure Boardwalk Game

McDonald’s is usually associated with Disney giveaways (1980’s & early 1990’s) but there was a time when rival Burger King released some awesome Disney merchandise to the kids (and collectors) of the world!

In 1989, Burger King re-launched its children’s meal program as the Burger King Kids Club meal deals. But it wasn’t until 1991 that Burger King signed a ten-film contract with Disney to promote that company’s up and coming films. Promotions included Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), Toy Story (1995) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). As there is no date stamped on the toy I am featuring in this post, I have no way of knowing when it snuck into the promotional lineup.

Birdseye View

Up a lazy river,

how happy you could be!

Up a lazy river, with me.

The satisfied faces of Goofy and Max reminds me of a Hanna Barbara character named Snuffles. Snuffles is a bloodhound used by Quick Draw McGraw to ferret out bad guys in the old West. The only catch is that he needs to be bribed with a dog biscuit before performing his task. Upon chomping on one, he hugs himself in ecstasy, jumps into the air and floats back down, sighing.

For dogs, as well as for humans, contentment comes in many forms! For one it’s a ride down a lazy river, for another, a simple dog biscuit.

Bottom Branding

So we see that this was made by Disney Manufacturing for Burger King Corp in China. The Burger King Kids Club logo is also present.

It may be small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, but it’s not so small that it can’t make a big impression! Oh, by the way, although it is hollow it does not squeak. Bummer!

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Midway Mania Mr. Potato Head Barker Mug

Toy Story Midway Mania is an interactive 4-D attraction, located at three different Disney Parks. The version I am featuring in this post is found in Disney’s California Adventure next to Disneyland. It was opened on June 17th of 2008. We rode it in 2013.

Have a look at the attraction poster:

Attraction Poster
Midway Mania Attraction Signage

Featured heavily on the poster above is Mr. Potato Head, and for good reason. He is the Barker for the attraction. And what is a Barker? A barker, most commonly found at a carnival, is a person who attempts to attract customers for the entertainment event in question. And how do they do this? They exhort passing ‘marks’ (or ‘suckers’) by announcing attractions of the show, and emphasizing variety, novelty, beauty, or some other enticing feature to be found within the venue. He or she may even conduct a brief pre-show, introducing performers and describing acts to be given at the feature performance.

In this case, the Barker is an Animatronic potato.

I kid you not. You can see him below:

This animatronic is huge! He interacts with the guests, making jokes and sometimes selecting specific people in the queue to talk with. I was once selected by Mr. Potato Head but didn’t realize he was talking to me. I finally heard him saying “Hey, you in the red shirt!” but was too late to respond. He just went into his joke and moved on to more responsive ‘marks’. My loss!

The coolest thing though is that the animatronic was voiced by none other than the original performer of Mr. Potato Head, Don Rickles.

We enjoyed our visit to Disney’s California Adventure and riding Toy Story Midway Mania. I would have enjoyed getting a higher score, but what are ya gonna do? Well, if you’re me, you console yourself by buying something. So, I bought:

Mr. Potato Head Barker Mug with Hat Off

For just $22.99 I was able to purchase this fantastic drinking mug in the likeness of the Barker Potato! His hat is removable. This feature substitutes for the actual ability of the animatronic Barker Potato being able to remove his ear. That’s why his hand is on his ear forming the handle of the mug: it anticipates the removal of the ear.

This feature of the animatronic character failed quite often and so YouTube is filled with videos of the ear being dropped.

I like the level of detail for this mug, as it includes Mr. Potato Head’s backside flap!

Bottom of Mug

This is part of the Disney Parks line of merchandise. But this wasn’t the only piece of Toy Story swag you could buy to commemorate your visit or to celebrate your high score. Oh no, you could also get:

His and Her t-shirts. How awesome is that?!?

Yes ladies and gentlemen, step right up and get yours today! Or back in 2013, when these pictures were taken. You can time travel… right?

But wait, there’s more! If you click the link entitled Taking Silly Pictures as Disney, you’ll see me picking Mr. Potato Head’s nose. Hey, it was pre-COVID. It was acceptable back then!

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Disneyland Reopening Tribute: My 2013 Trip Pics

Disneyland in Anaheim is finally reopened as of April 30th, 2021, after over 400 days closed due to the Corona Virus (412, if we are to be exact). Wow, that was a long haul, eh? The hitch for fans of the Park is that only California residents can get reservations!

So what is a Canadian to do? He relives his one and only visit to the Park by looking back over some of his pictures from 2013. Join me, won’t you?

I think the Disneyland Hotel pool areas completed a major refurbishment in 2011 or so with the addition of this wonderful Monorail-themed slide.

Just a quick view of the Matterhorn Mountain peaking out behind some Tomorrowland futurism.

Speaking of futurism, there goes Monorail Red. The sleek and retro Mark VII design was put into operation in 2008.

Merchandise. Need I say more?

The day is ending but not before some luminaries come out to mingle:

Chip and Dale.

The Partners Statue at night. Despite popular thought, this magnificent piece of sculpture was not in Disneyland when the Park opened. We had to wait until 1993 to see it.

This was a segment from the Paint the Night Parade that ran from May 22nd, 2015 – January 8th, 2017 right down Main Street USA.

And what better way to end a stroll down memory lane, and a night at any Disney Park, then fireworks! This flashy scene is from the Magical: Disney’s New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical Celebrations which ran from 2009 to 2014.

And now it’s time to say goodbye to all our blogging company. We always miss you when you’re not reading with us!

Have you had a magical day at Disneyland? Tell us about the one thing that made it extra special for you in the comments section below! And for more Beautiful Views Around Disneyland, just click the link.

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Opening Day Special Event Commemorative Tickets

It’s good to have Disney friends! A couple we know gave us the first ticket in this post. Two in fact. They were Annual Passholders back in the day and were invited to attend the Grand Opening of EPCOT Center. They went. Duh!

So the ticket below is used, as it has the entrance stub removed, but what remains is still awesome:

Just for a select few…

October 1st, 1982, was the date to circle on the calendar. Then you’d take this Special Edition Commemorative Ticket to the gate and enjoy the future, today! No wait, that’s Muppet Labs. Oh well, it was true of EPCOT Center, too.

Or you could redeem this ticket at the Magic Kingdom. But why would you went a whole new Park was waiting just for you and a select few? Were you there on opening day?

Another exclusive opportunity opened to brave explorers with the cost of just $45.00 US and presumably, regular Park admission:

Opening Up for Opening Day

Disney-MGM Studios was the place. The time: Summer 1994. The event? The opening of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! After construction ended, the ride was initially set to open on July 4, 1994, however, Tower of Terror opened on July 22, 1994, along with the Sunset Boulevard section of Disney – MGM Studios.

I have two sequential tickets for this event that I purchased from eBay long after the actual event had come and gone. What can I say? I’m a sucker for ephemera! If you want one, a Seller has it listed for just under $40.00 US as of the date of this post.

Fully Open, Ready to Go!

This is a fun pop-up folder. When you open it, the top of the hotel extends upward to make an extended card.

For a more detailed evaluation of the opening events and the differences between the versions found at Parks from around the world, check out The Disney Wiki. What won’t you find there? Cool pics of the Commemorative Ticket. You saw that here, folks!

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