CAA Magazine: Disney ‘Magic in the Making’ Article

I love collecting ephemera, paper pieces that are made to be discarded after use, so that I can reference them later. Often, articles like the one in this CAA Magazine can be quite informative, or at least provide a snapshot in time.

So, what does this Disney ‘Magic in the Making’ article have to tell us that we are expected to forget as soon as we throw away the magazine? Let’s have a look:

Most people around the world think Canada is perpetually covered in snow and magazine covers like this aren’t helping! Just for some perspective: There is no snow on the ground where I live at this time! Just everywhere in the media when showing my country.

Disney didn’t make the cover but did get four pages inside:

The debate rages on as to whether Disney still has any magic to offer. What with rising prices, diminished attractions, and overly complicated reservation protocols. Bob Iger is now back in as CEO of the company and so many are hoping for a return of the old magic!

We’ll have to wait and see what happens. While we wait, we can read about some of the promises being made:

Pages 1 and 2 of the article focus on the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, telling us about some of the new offerings within the Park. We are told to use a Travel Agent to plan ahead, and I can confirm that this is the only way to have a successful Disney trip these days. DO NOT go it alone! Next, we’re helped to determine which of the worldwide Disney Resorts would be best for our families to visit.

Page 3 shifts gears from the Parks to other Disney vacation options. Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney are highlighted as viable alternatives.

The article ends by again recommending a Travel Agent along with proper travel insurance. As someone who has booked both with and without an agent, I highly recommend using an agent! You’ll thank me later.

To go back to the beginning of Walt Disney World, check out my copy of LIFE Magazine that has an extensive article on the impending arrival of the Park in Florida and the turmoil that prospect brought to the fine but timid people of the region.

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Warner Bros. Road Runner & Coyote Lamp

Beep! Beep!” Who doesn’t remember that sound from their Saturday morning cartoons? Warner Brothers created some of the most memorable characters ever to appear on TV and they still endure today!

Merchandise is always a natural way to promote any IP and Warner Brothers outdid themselves with this Road Runner and Coyote Lamp:

As readers of this site know I primarily collect Disney merchandise. But sometimes a piece comes along from a rival Studio, and I just can’t help myself! What sold me on this one was the iconic ‘Coyote Splat’ in the base. The base being patterned after a brick wall is pure genius! But not Coyote genius. Better than that.

The base is 12″ tall and the shade is 8″ high. Combined they stand at 16″ due to a bit of overlap. The base is a subdued cartoon orange. I love it!

The Trademark and Copyright on the back of the shade dates this lamp from 1999, so just almost 24 years old at this point!

The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote first appeared in the Looney Tunes series of animated cartoons in 1949. It was in the theatrical cartoon short Fast and Furry-ous. So, this lamp is a testimony to just how enduring and popular these characters are, even 50+ years later! And now another 20+ years beyond that.

This lamp will certainly light up your life! Sorry. The pun had to be done.

For more fun from the past, check out this old Nostalgia Illustrated Magazine that has an article by none other than Leonard Maltin listing his four favorite cartoon characters. And Warner Brothers gets a mention!

FUN FACTS: Creator Chuck Jones based the coyote on Mark Twain’s book Roughing It, in which Twain described the coyote as “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton” that is “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” (Source: Wikipedia)

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Pin Trading: Trading Around the World U.S. 66 Pin

I love a mystery. Oh sure, I could have asked all about it from the nice lady I bought this from, but what’s the fun in that?

This is a very nice Route 66 shield pin from the Trading Around the World series:

What I’m not sure about is why it is marked as ‘Pin Trading Around the World’ instead of ‘Pin Trading Disney Parks’ as other pins I have on card are. Did Disney change the logo at some point? Is the ‘Around the World’ tagline a reference to World Showcase in Epcot?

Even research on the all-knowing Internet didn’t yield definitive answers to these questions. I did find some examples for sale and came across another possibility for where this pin comes from. One Seller claims it comes from Disney’s California Adventure Park. So, it would have been sold in Cars Land.

This makes sense as the Pixar movie Cars was set along the famous highway.

Enlarging the image above I see that the date for this pin is likely 2016. This checks out, as Cars Land opened in 2012. But it doesn’t explain the ‘Around the World’ tagline. Oh well.

Whatever its origins, I love this pin!

For more fun along the Mother Road, check out this real beaut of a Butte in Cars Land and also play along with us with our Route 66 Opoly Game. If you win, I won’t flip the board!

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Mickey Mouse Super Stunt Plane Toy

Mattel strikes again with a great toy made for the younger set but still a lot of fun for us old guys! But more on that later.

Although this is a Mickey Mouse Super Stunt Plane toy, it also features Goofy. Goofy is well known for his flying prowess. Or lack thereof. He has his own flying school in California and a fun ride in Florida called Goofy’s Barnstormer:

During World War I, the United States manufactured a significant number of Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” biplanes to train its military aviators, and almost every U.S. airman learned to fly using the plane. After the war the U.S. federal government sold off the surplus aircraft. This allowed many servicemen who already knew how to fly them to purchase their own planes and go into business as stunt pilots. And a whole new industry was born!

Barnstorming was a form of entertainment in which stunt pilots performed tricks devised to impress and startle people with their skill and the sturdiness of the planes. Aviation was a new technology, and many didn’t trust it. Crashing into barns and performing feats of daring-do probably didn’t do much to change that!

Sometimes, a man would hang from the bottom of the plane, like Goofy is doing here, or perhaps a woman would walk on the wing while the plane was in flight. For the more adventurous in the crowd, you could pay to go up in the highly suspect craft yourself!

This toy is perhaps fashioned after this time in aviation history. Please enjoy the video below to see the toy in action as it flies around my back yard. I’m the old guy having fun:

There are two settings of play for this toy. First you have Free Flight, where you can just move the plane through the air as you please, and Mickey and Goofy will chime in with encouragement as you go. Second is the Flight School mode, where Mickey will give you instructions on how low or high to fly and which way to turn. Both of your co-pilots give lots of commentary on how you are doing.

The on/off switch and battery compartment (housing 3 ‘AAA’ batteries) are on the bottom of the toy, while the mode switch for play is on the left side of the nose of the plane. Push the exhaust pipes up for Free Flight and down for Flight School. To begin your flight, you turn on the switch, spin the propellor, and start running around like an idiot waving the toy in the air while your neighbors look on in confusion.

Mickey not only gives the student flyer verbal directions but there are also lights on both wings (see image above). These light up to indicate the direction you must turn the plane as you fly.

Again, this was made by Mattel. They released it in the year 2000. It was made in China.

“COME FLY THE GOOFY SKIES WITH US!”

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Walt Disney Presents Goofy’s TV Spectacular LP

Oh, what I suffer through to provide content for this site! Groan. Actually, I kind of like torturing myself with these awful compilation LPs from the past. Kind of.

And they don’t get much more awfuler than Goofy’s TV Spectacular LP:

First of all, have Mickey and Donald been watching TV for a little too long? They have a crazed look in their eyes! Or are they suffering through this LP too?

When I first played this LP, I thought they used a non-Disney voice actor for Goofy, as his voice just wasn’t ‘on model’. His signature laugh definitely sounded wrong! But the record does feature the voice of Pinto Colvig in one of his last performances as Goofy.

I’ve included a snippet from Side 1 that features many ‘attempts’ at the laugh:

Goofy and His Laughs

Some of the tracks on the album are recycled from other releases with a few new offerings. Of course, all of Goofy’s dialogue is only found on this release.

Side 1, Track 4, is called Happy Mouse and may be a very early recording by Walt himself. It also feels ‘wrong’ but I’ll include it here as well so you can make you own conclusion:

Happy Mouse

This track was also included on the 1968 LP entitled Mickey and His Friends. But it appeared before that on Goofy’s album back in 1964! If it was recorded by Walt Disney himself, then we could likely say with some confidence that this song was recorded originally sometime in the 1950s. Walt stopped voicing Mickey in 1946 or 47, turning the chore over to Jim Macdonald. But he did return to voice the mouse for the original Mickey Mouse Club (for the intros) from 1955 to 1959. So, he could have slipped in ‘Happy Mouse’ during this time.

Another familiar hit is by Ludwig Von Drake called the Rutabaga Rag which is actually from the 1962 animated featurette A Symposium on Popular Songs.

The rest of the LP is simply Goofy being goofy. He tells jokes, sings medleys, and introduces a few too many mosquitos! Side 2, Track 5, is entitled Goofy Goes Dixieland, and some believe the band used for this tune is none other than the Firehouse Five + Two.

The Disney Wiki records that many elements in Goofy’s story recorded on the album come from Pinto Colvig’s own life. For example, Goofy names his hometown as Jayville, Oregon, a nod to Colvig’s hometown of Jacksonville. Goofy performs an act in which he plays four clarinets at the same time (Side 1, Track 7), which was based on one of Colvig’s circus acts.

To conclude, this LP is badly damaged. It is scratched and skips, and the cover is basically wrecked. I bought it for $5.00 CAN just to hear the elements featuring Goofy. Amazingly, a mint-condition copy, still sealed, sold for $60.00 US back in 2018! Apparently, I’m not the only one with ‘taste’.

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D23 Concept Art Lithograph Set

D23 is the official Disney fan club of which I was once a member. But expenses got too high for me to continue, and I really miss the premiums!

I was a member for many years and from time to time I stumble across something I got just for being a member. Like these D23 Concept Art Lithograph set:

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I love concept art as it gives you a glimpse into what might have been. And it also gives you a peek at some truly amazing and breathtaking artwork!

Each lithograph, or print, is 9″ x 11″ and reproduced on heavy card stock suitable for framing.

For more beautiful lithographs, check out my set of 4-Park ‘Art of Disney’ prints, or take a scroll through the many Disney Store (RIP) lithographs in my collection, starting with Winnie the Pooh.

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Funko Train Conductor Mickey ‘The True Original’ Figurine

Walt Disney’s love of trains need not be discussed as it is so well known. Also well-known are the many roles involving trains, conductors, and engineers that Mickey Mouse has played!

So, when Funko introduced its ‘The True Original’ series of vinyl figures, Train Conductor Mickey was a no-brainer to be a part of the collection:

I’ve mistyped the title of this post as Train Engineer Mickey because of the way he is dressed. Even though he does have a lantern, which would traditionally be used by a Conductor, the striped overalls are more commonly connected with Engineers.

Mickey was 90 in the year 2018, making him 94 now, and soon to be 95. Perhaps he should consider retiring from the railway.

I’ve included the picture above for scale. These little guys are only 3″ tall.

There are twelve figures to collect in the series covering all of Mickey’s most iconic roles. I’m actively seeking Three Musketeer Mickey! Which is your favorite?

To see one more figure in this line, check out my Explorer Mickey by clicking the link!

But if it’s Mickey playing with trains that fuels your firebox, check out Mickey’s Western Choo Choo Train or the Mickey Express Merry Miniatures train set. Both posts are now boarding!

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Primark Lumiere Ceramic Display Tea Light Holder

candelabra is a candle holder with multiple arms. All the better for Lumiere, the castle Maitre’d, to get frisky with a feather duster in the politically incorrect world of Beauty and the Beast!

You can see Mrs. Potts and Chip by clicking the links, and then enjoy this Primark Lumiere ceramic display candelabra here:

Now is that the face of someone who would get frisky with a lady? Yes. Yes, it is. But in all fairness to Lumiere, the feather duster in question was his girlfriend and she seemed to appreciate the attention. I don’t recall the singing tea light holder bothering anyone else. He was a perfect gentleman with Belle!

‘Lumiere’ is a French word for ‘light’. Other words you could use might be spotlight, glow, luminary, and gleam. However you chose to define the word, the personality of this character is certainly sparkling!

Primark produced this line of Beauty and the Beast display pieces for collectors, and they are not to be used as toys for children. This one was introduced to the market in 1997. It would have sold for under $20 US dollars.

Thanks for being our guest today! Be assured we did not at any time think of you as:

“INVADERS!”

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Photo Spot: Horsing Around at Greenfield Village

It’s rare to see a horse, well… horsing around! Usually, they are standing still while eating or just wandering slowly about in a paddock.

Recently I finally found a horse horsing around at Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.:

Itchy foot or innovative new dance move. You decide. As a photographer, I just love being at the right place at the right time!

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Places: Paddington (Store) at Paddington Station

Paddington Station is a Central London railway terminus and London Underground station complex, located on Praed Street in the Paddington area. Dating back to at least 1838, the iconic junction has transcended transportation for one very small reason: Paddington Bear!

The children’s book character Paddington Bear was named after the station. He first appeared on the 13th of October 1958, and in the books, by Michael Bond, he is found at the station, having come from “deepest, darkest Peru” with a note attached to his coat reading “Please look after this bear. Thank you“.

On our recent trip to England, my wife just had to visit the Paddington store at Paddington Station:

This retail outlet isn’t necessarily large but does contain just about everything you’d want featuring the little brown bear. The t-shirts were particularly nice.

A statue of Paddington Bear by Marcus Cornish, based on the original drawings by Peggy Fortnum, is located under the clock on platform 1. We didn’t get to see that but did ‘meet’ two slightly different versions within the store.

And then there is the merchandise or souvenirs:

Smashed Pennies and pins, magnets and stuffies, all lined the shelves. We did buy a nice plush Paddington along with several keychains for friends and family. My only regret and criticism is that there wasn’t a Paddington Bear with the Paddington Station logo on him. It seems a logical thing to have being as it would be exclusive to this location.

But we couldn’t stay for long and soon it was time to board a train to other stations.

Another iconic spot that we’ve visited in England was the focus of a Disney song Portobello Road from the animated feature Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Why not visit there before you leave?

FUN FACTS: Michael Bond based Paddington Bear on a lone teddy bear that he noticed on a shelf in a London shop near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve 1956, which he bought as a present for his wife. He was also inspired by the sight, during World War II, of Jewish refugee children from Europe arriving in Britain and of London children being evacuated to the countryside, the evacuees bearing labels perhaps similar to that attached to the bear Paddington “Please look after this bear”.

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