Thursday, May 29, 2008
Our friend George over at Imaginerding posted an article this morning highlighting the Tin Toy exhibit at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase. I have been working on a post about the same thing, but was holding off. I have been searching for information about the collector. Only to find that there is not a great deal of information out there about Teruhisa Kitahara.
So, in the spirit of cooperation and to support the wonderful work of a brother blogger, I offer you a litle information about the collector. Along with a few supporting photographs featurering our favorite Mouse.
Teruhisa Kitahara was born in Tokyo and attended Aoyama Gakuin University in Shibuya, Toyko where he received his degree in economics. He has written numerous books on tin toys including Yesterday's Toys: 750 Tin & Celluloid Amusements from Days Gone By and Robots: Spaceships & Other Tin Toys. His vast collection, in addition to being displayed in Walt Disney World, is exhibited in seven museums in Japan. Kitahara also served as a consultant on the 1992 Robin Williams film, Toys.
The next time you're in the Japan Pavilion, be sure to walk to the back of the pavilion and enjoy the Tin Toy Collection.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
But for now, here is the "little Disney" in Mr. & Mrs. Doc's Living Room. Viola! A Doc original!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
So now, on to this weeks installation. All I will say is this; it is not at a small refreshment establishment just to your right as you cross the bridge from Discovery Island into Asia.
Oh, and if you're first name isn't Craig or Well, but sure to jump over to their blogs and take a look. I think you'll like what you find and they'll enjoy the company.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Many years ago someone asked me if I were a pre- or post- Shea Stadium baby. Meaning, was I born before or after August 15, 1965; the date The Beatles played Shea Stadium. For the record, I am a pre-Shea Stadium baby. In fact, I remember seeing the concert rebroadcast on television and the Fab Four running out onto the field to the stage set behind second base. You couldn't hear the music for all the screaming but it was opening night of the 1965 U.S. Tour and no one seemed to care. No one, except The Beatles.Why is this important? I really don't know. I suppose it can seen in the same way that we look at events such as, say, the Kennedy Assassination, the first moon walk, the night Lennon was killed and September 11th. It is a way of taking an event that occurs at a specific moment in time and using it to distinguish a generation. Granted, a concert in the middle of a baseball field pales considerably when held against more monumental and catastrophic events. But still, it helped to define the generation of that era.
What does this have to do with a few Electric Mayhem road cases? It is the memory evoked by the stenciling on the case. Pausing for a moment, I remembered Beatle Boots and Nehru Jackets. I still burn the occasional stick or cone of incense. I still have a pair of tailor made bell bottoms that I bought on Regents Street in London in 1975 and my Indian Bedspreads were bought by Mrs. Doc in Visakhapatnam, India. And yes, there are a few tie-dyed items tucked away for when i need to listen to the "classics."
The point of all this is to highlight how the magic of the Imagineers impacts us. That magic not only effects us at the moment we are in, but also helps us to recall our past and hopefully inspire our future. The things that we see, hear, taste and touch work to create a new memory but also helps us to relive past ones. That, to me, is magic! And on that day, for a moment, there in the pre-show of Muppet Vision 3-D, I went back to a slower and simpler time, in our families den with my mom and dad and my sister and we watched four lads from Liverpool conquer America.
Note: The Beatles concert at Shea Stadium was performed in front of an audience of 55,600 people. It has been hailed as one of the most significant events in music history, being the first concert held in a major stadium. It held attendance records for the next 7 years.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The Mad Tea Party, spinning since October 1, 1971.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
During my recent "research" trip to Disney World I met up with my friend Ryan of Main Street Gazette fame. We were walking around Epcot taking pictures, talking, discussing memories of past trips and plans for future trips; you know, your standard geek stuff. I mentioned that I have not taken the time to really explore Mission: Space (darn FastPass), and would like to walk around, see the training center, and so forth. Well, while we were in the gift shop he says, did you see the Hidden Mickey? No, I had not. I mean, I am no Steve Barrett, but I read his book. This one, however, escaped my memory.
And since it may have escaped others, here you are.
Yeah, I thought it was pretty cool too! By the way, the reference can be found on page 49 of Dr. Barrett's Field Guide. Oh, and be sure to check out Ryan's Meet Our Neighbor interview over at Imaginerding. Oh, and one last thing, The Disney Obsession is one of the "you know you who are" blogs. I am so proud.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Marc Davis, with Ken Anderson and Ken O'Connor