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Monday, October 31, 2011

Prod. 2062 - Ichabod (I)  - Cover

On this, the 99th anniversary of dear Ollie Johnston's birthday, we will start to look at the Ichabod and Mr. Toad drafts! Beginning with 2062 Ichabod, just because it is first in the title and it fits the time of year. Toad's production number is 2011. Here are the cover and the sequence breakdown on its inside.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Selling Nabisco in 1939

After a few months of radio silence, here is an item you might find interesting: a piece of promotional line art from "Mickey's Surprise Party," the "made-to-order" film shown in the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) exhibit at the 1939 New York's World's Fair.

This shorter-than short film was first released on video on the VHS release The Spirit of Mickey. Because of the then-current corporate affiliations with competing baking consortiums, Disney opted to (all-to-obviously) re-dub the ending of film with Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor to get rid of the Nabisco references, and they altered the artwork, obliterating the Nabisco labels.

It was restored to its original glory when on December 4th, 2001 it was released as an Easter egg on the first wave of the Walt Disney Treasures DVDs, on Mickey Mouse in Living Color, disc 2.

On Wikipedia we can read: "This is the only Mickey Mouse cartoon, and one of only two Disney cartoons in general to be in the public domain, and is freely distributed across online video websites such as YouTube." Though - I doubt that Disney Legal would see it that way...

Personally, I am still very busy, directing the stop-motion feature Miffy the Movie - but keep an eye on this space, because I promise that within two weeks I will start a new feature film draft, one that may offer some new insight into, well, whodunnit!