Cartoon Brew has released some awesome home footage from Ward Kimball’s home movies of Walt Disney filmed on April 4, 1948 exactly 65 years since this film was recorded. In spring 1948, Ward had become aware of Disney’s budding interest in scale-model trains, and he invited Walt to come along to Jackson’s place for an afternoon of scale railroading. This is, I believe, the first time that Walt had ever personally operated scale-trains. Disney was hooked after the visit, and soon after he began constructing his own luxe backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific.
Kimball’s unusually close relationship with Disney allowed him to capture these unguarded moments of his mercurial boss. Disney appears to be enjoying every hunched-over second of the railroading experience, and he takes the time to acknowledge Ward’s camera on multiple occasions. Ward wrote about the day’s events in his private journal:
Sunday, April 4, 1948
Up with bright sun. Kids helped me put nitrogen around orange trees. If they didn’t, no Jackson train ride. Damp grass. At 12:45 left for Jacksons in Beverly Hills. 1st over there. He started the Colorado Central. Steam up at 2:00. Walt Disney arrived soon after. Got a big kick out of it all. We showed him the works. He couldn’t quite believe that it was all scale! He tried it out—got scared when drivers spin. “What the hell was that!” he’d ask me. He had lots of fun. We all took movies and Jackson took stills. Showed Walt Jackson’s shop. Kids rode and played “Train Robbers.” Home at 5:30. Broiled corn beef over fire place.
Here is the first image of Tom Hanks portraying the role as Walt for the film Saving Mr. Banks, a drama about the making of Disney’s Mary Poppins. I don’t know Hanks looks a bit heavier set than Walt and where is the cigarette? Also those Disneyland patrons look pretty modern. Saving Mr. Banks hits theaters December 20, 2013.
I think I am in love with this collectible Oswald the Lucky Rabbit wallet from the 2007 Comme des Garçons x Walt Disney collection. I did not even know it existed and was so ahead of the Oswald hype. The wallet was a limited-run range of products included clothing and accessories. The wallet features a graphic print of Oswald on the front and his brief biography on the back. Made in Spain in premium calf leather. It has one large compartment for banknotes, four card compartments and a coin purse with a Fiocchi snap fastener. The wallet measures 12.5 cm x 10 cm and is available in off-white/ivory colour. If you missed this limited run you can pick up through this eBay link, Comme des garcons Walt Disney Oswald The Lucky Rabbit
This History of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is an odd one. Oswald was created in the 1920′s way before Mickey Mouse was even a thought. During this time Universal Studios wanted to get into the business of cartoon Disney‘s distributor Charles Mintz suggested that a character be created and sold off to universal. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks co created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, then signed a contract with Universal Studios “leading” the creation of Oswald to Universal as their first cartoon series. There was a small conflict the following year with Mintz and Disney which left, Disney on the look for another job. In the spring of 1928 Disney was traveling back from New York City after hopes of negotiating a more profitable contract with Mintz which did not work out. On his long was home he had the idea to create another character, he quickly contacted Iwerks about the new idea and the two would go on to develop a new cartoon in secret. Which would later be known as Plane Crazy, the first Mickey Mouse Cartoon. Walt Disney archives director Becky Cline and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two creative director Warren Spector talk about the history of the Oswald The Lucky Rabbit character in the video below. Epic Mickey 2 has a release date of October 1, 2012 you can pre-order it through my site via amazon below.
This is a small tribute to one of my favorite artist Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Domènec Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain on May 11, 1904. He would have been 107 today. My tribute consists of his work during the 1946 short film Destino a collaboration with Walt Disney which was not completed until 2003. The dreamlike sequences of strange figures flying and walking about remind me so much of Tim Burtons work at times. Destino is based on Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez’ song “Destino.” The film consists of Dalí’s artwork interacting with Disney’s character animation. Below are few of my favorite photos from the film. I hope you enjoy!