‘Tinker Bell Standing on Leaves’ Brass Bell

I have several Disney bells in my collection. Most of them are of the ceramic variety with printed images on them. Tinker Bell seems to be a reoccurring character on Disney bells.

Perhaps it is because the tinkling of a bell was the chosen ‘language’ of the fairies in the original movie Peter Pan? Quite possible.

This post features a beautiful brass bell with a striking figure of Tinker Bell standing in leaves atop the bell housing:

Tinker Bell Front

The casting depicts Tinker Bell’s big hips perfectly but misses the facial features quite profoundly.

Tinker Bell Side

I love this profile because it reminds me of the vintage car hood ornaments of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Most notably I see a basic similarity between Tink and The Flying Lady of Rolls Royce fame.

Tinker Bell Back

The bell stands about 3″ tall with the base of the bell housing being just under 1″ in diameter.

Tinker Bell Clapper

Clapper

Inside the rim where the clapper is attached are the words ‘Walt Disney Productions’ but there is no other manufacturing details imprinted on the bell.

After searching eBay I found the ever-present claim of ‘rare’ attached to almost ever one of the many listings for this bell. The pricing ranges from $15.00 – $20.00 USD.

For more bell fun featuring Tinker Bell, check out these bell-shaped Salt & Pepper Shakers and for more metal-based fun, check out this Winnie the Pooh Pewter Bank.

TANGLED Before Ever After Movie Review

Before we get started, this is a SPOILER FREE review of Disney’s Tangled Before Ever After animated television film.

Tangled Before Ever After Case

Back of DVD Sleeve

Let’s start with the positive. The animation is well done for a television release. It captures the original charm and energy of the original film while using the more limited animation of a video budget.

The original characters are all present and accounted for with a few new faces added, most notably Rapunzel’s friend and the villain. The banter between Rapunzel and Eugene is present as well.

Now on to the negative. This is a very generic princess story with the female lead unhappy with her place in life. The male characters are, as usual, unreasonable and ineffectual which is often done in modern Disney Princess movies to promote the girl empowerment message.

The pendulum has definitely swung to the other side and I for one can’t wait until we have a more balanced view of male/female relationships and interaction. Especially between parents, which I feel is completely missing in this movie!

So if you want a nice bit of fluff with some laughs for your younger child viewer, this could be it. For the rest of us, I’m afraid Tangled Before Ever After offers only more of the same obvious stuff.

COOL FACTOR: 2.5/5

One nice thing that comes with the DVD release of this movie is a Rapunzel Diary:

Tangled Before Ever After Diary

Tangled Before Ever After Diary Size

For Scale

This has some nice scenes from the movie (careful, these may contain spoilers!)

Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 1Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 2Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 3Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 4Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 5Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 6Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 7Tangled Before Ever After Diary Page 8

The last several pages of the diary are blank so your little Princess can record her adventures as she chases her ‘destiny’!

For more of Rapunzel, check out our previous post featuring the 16″ Disney Store Deluxe Rapunzel doll.

Looney Tunes Pop-up Books from Warner Brothers

What’s up, doc? In this post we have four wonderful Looney Tunes Pop-up books produced by Intervisual Books, Inc. for Warner Brothers. Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of animation.

Some in more recent times have put forward that the Looney Tunes shorts were too violent and so should be edited or banned from children’s television. I personally disagree, but the pop-up books in this post do contain some explosive scenes indicative of the series.

There are four books in the set each featuring fun pop-up action as you turn the pages. There are five scenes per book with five sayings on the theme of the title.

Let’s look at the first book, featuring Bugs Bunny:

Looney Tunes Woids

Bugs’ Woids of Wisdom

Looney Tunes Woids Page 1

Looney Tunes Woids Page 2

The next set of three pictures will show how the pop-up action works as Bugs Bunny thwarts Daffy Duck’s attempt to upstage him:

Looney Tunes Woids Page 4a

Looney Tunes Woids Page 4b

Looney Tunes Woids Page 4c

So as the book is opened wider, the characters move to more extreme poses. Here, poor Daffy is almost knocked right out of the book!

Looney Tunes Woids Page 5

Now that we have all of the wisdom of a cartoon rabbit, let’s move on to something we can all use help with: Love!

Looney Tunes Love

Looney Love

In this little book we get advice for the lovelorn from some of the most unlikely places:

Looney Tunes Love Page 1

Looney Tunes Love Page 2

Looney Tunes Love Page 3

Looney Tunes Love Page 4

Looney Tunes Love Page 5

I guess that last piece of advice was about ‘tough love’!

Now we move on to advice about life itself. First…

Looney Tunes Relax

Just Relax!

It may just be me, but I wasn’t relaxed after reading this book! See if it works for you:

Looney Tunes Relax Page 1

Looney Tunes Relax Page 2

Looney Tunes Relax Page 3

Looney Tunes Relax Page 4

Looney Tunes Relax Page 5

That last picture may be a bit TOO relaxed for my taste!

Lastly we have another piece of advice for life:

Looney Tunes Smiling

Keep Smiling!

From the cover I have to guess that smiling might not be possible, but let’s see:

Looney Tunes Smiling Page 1

Looney Tunes Smiling Page 2

Looney Tunes Smiling Page 3

Looney Tunes Smiling Page 4

Looney Tunes Smiling Page 5

This book does not end well! And there we have it. Advice that is truly Looney Tunes!

For more pop-up fun, check out this great Disney On Parade Pop-up Booklet.

Mickey Mouse Comic Book by Gladstone

As a teenager, I collected hundreds of comic books, most from the Marvel comics company (now owned by Disney). Although I dabbled a little in DC titles I never did pick up any Disney or other cartoon comics. So the Gladstone company is a new name in comic books to me.

The Mickey Mouse comic book I am featuring here is from 1989 and contains reprinted stories by Floyd Gottfredson. The main story is from 1941 and is entitled The Land of Long Ago:

Gladstone Cover

Front Cover

Monetarily valueless but rich in content these reprints are a wonderful way to see and read old strips that are out of print and too expensive to buy in original editions.

This issue has some interesting features:

Gladstone Letters

Letters Page

I always used to love the letters page of a comic book. Reading what other readers had to say about the characters and the stories made me feel more a part of the comic book community. The above edition contains a complaint against Carl Barks (of Donald Duck fame) for being anti-German. Yikes!

Gladstone Advertising

Subscribe or Buy an Album

An integral part of any comic book are the advertisements for more comic books! The original up-sell.

Gladstone More Advertising

More Stories by Floyd Gottfredson & Carl Barks

Now let’s start our story:

Gladstone First Page

The Land of Long Ago: Chapter 3

Suffice to say that Mickey, Goofy, and a professor have landed in a world of cavemen and have been captured. It’s up to Mickey to free everyone, which he does!

I found Mickey to be a bit more aggressive and callous than he is today, which wasn’t uncommon in Mickey’s earlier days.

Gladstone Page Spread

The Goof in a Loincloth

And how did Mickey get his loincloth? He rigged up a trap and stripped it off a passing caveman, leaving him naked behind a bush! You see, I told you Mickey was a bit more aggressive back in the 1940’s.

This reprinted edition also had a two-page strip with Mickey and Minnie and this one-page strip starring Pluto:

Gladstone Pluto Strip

Foiled Again!

The advertising doesn’t stop with the inner ads, but continues on the back cover:

Gladstone Back Cover

Bonus Donald Duck Strip

I hope you enjoyed viewing this great old comic book! For more Mickey Mouse comic strips, you can read my review of the book entitled Color Sundays of Mickey Mouse or see a Donald Duck comic book in a famous Norman Rockwell painting.

Gladstone Publishing was an American company that published Disney comics from 1986 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1998. Reprints of classic Donald Duck stories by Carl Barks and Mickey Mouse stories by Floyd Gottfredson were the foundation of their output. Although Gladstone is no longer an active publisher, it continues to offer its back issues through its website.

Update to MYSTERY STACK PACK Post

Suffering from the Collecting Bug is an incurable affliction that I have long since come to grips with. (My name is Lee. I’m a collector. Hello, Lee!) So when I recently found Tsum Tsum Mystery Stack Packs on sale, I just had to buy some! Then I bought MORE. This post is an update to the previous post entitled Mystery Stack Pack featuring Disney Tsum Tsum.

Update Anger Together

Anger from Inside Out

Anger is my favorite character from the Pixar film Inside Out. So whenever I can find a figure of him, I add it to my Anger Management collection. Which you can see here (glow in the dark) and here (plush).

Update Anger Set

NOT Managing Anger Here!

These are the second-smallest size of Tsum Tsum and are made to be stacked on top of the next size up.

I love the fire feature on Anger’s head, and:

Update Anger Tie

His Tie!

Also, until I took the above picture, I didn’t know that there was so much text on the characters! Who has good enough eyes to read that?!?

I originally bought nine packages and ended up with seven different characters with the two duplicates both being The Red Queen. This time I bought three packages and only got one new character. Care to guess what the other two were?

You guessed it: both The Red Queen. I now have five Red Queens! And that’s your Mystery Stack Pack Update for the day.

Magical Blogograil: What to do on Non-Park Days – Waterways

What’s more relaxing than enjoying the waterways of Walt Disney World? Many take a resort day to escape the crowds, but we like to board one of the many water craft, available at no cost, and chart a course!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are sharing fun things to do at Disney on non-Park days.


Hi Ho and it’s a pirate’s life for me! Well, not actually a pirate’s life, more like a passenger’s life!

Come aboard this post and enjoy the views of Walt Disney World from a different perspective:

Waterways On Board

Here we are aboard one of the many Water Taxis that take passengers from one resort to the next on the Seven Seas Lagoon. You can visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (pictured above), Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. And of course, ending up at The Magic Kingdom.

Waterways Craft

While on route, you can enjoy beautiful vistas and view your favorite attractions from unique angles, such as Space Mountain, above. Also above you can see one of the smaller water craft that you can rent for personal tours of the lake.

Waterways Contemporary View

Seeing structures like the Contemporary from the water side is a rare treat, complete with a monorail sighting if you time things just right!

Waterways Docking

Above is a view of one of the Water Taxis arriving at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground.

Waterways Shoreline

Sometimes you can see older attractions, or what’s left of them, such as this landing from the old River Country water park. The above picture was taken in 2008 so I wonder how much of this scene is left now.

Waterways Arrival at Magic Kingdom

Ferryboats run from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the entrance of The Magic Kingdom. You could take the monorail, but that wouldn’t be as wet!

Waterways Ferryboat

Empty Ferryboat on Training Run

Other vessels also ply the waterways:

Waterways Misc Boat

No matter which option you choose, the fun is the same! As hinted at earlier, you can also rent jet skis, paddle boats, canoes, and other water craft for solo or group adventures.

Waterways Sailing

Sailboats Too!

Waterways Sunset

And when the day is done, you will be treated to some of the most breathtaking images you can imagine!

So who’s with me? Will you take to the waters on your next non-Park day?

For more ways to spend non-park days at Disney,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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ILLUSION OF LIFE Plugged on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life is a book by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two Disney Legends of animation counted among the famous group of Walt Disney’s  Nine Old Men. The book topped the list of “best animation books of all time” in a poll at AWN, and is still used as a reference for inspiration on character animation.

Illusion of Life Cover

I have this book and can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone who wants to better understand the animation process. After reading it, my own drawing skills improved noticeably!

In 1980, they appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to plug the book and chat about animation. Here they are on stage:

Illusion of Life On Stage

During the interview, Carson mentions that they are almost unknown, despite the fact that they had worked on some of the most famous animated films of all time. They replied that they liked it that way!

Illusion of Life Frank

Frank Thomas

They mentioned that when they would sit in a theatre to watch their films with children, they would almost die. Why? Because children could be so cruel! No wonder they preferred to hide back in the studio.

Illusion of Life Ollie

Ollie Johnston

Carson asked about the rumors that Walt Disney was a cold man and hard to work for, among other things. Both men answered that he was all of those things. However, they clarified that it was also a great pleasure to work for Walt because he was so inspiring, albeit awfully tough! Perfection was expected at all times.

Carson next marvels at how animators are able to give life to even inanimate objects, so Frank and Ollie pulled out the following drawings to illustrate the point:

Illusion of Life Sad SackIllusion of Life Happy SackIllusion of Life Nosey SackIllusion of Life Tickled Sack

And last but not least:

Illusion of Life Tired Sack

Who Wouldn’t Be?

It was great to see these Disney Legends chat about their passion for animation. But it almost wasn’t to be! Frank wanted to be a landscape artist and Ollie was heading towards a career in magazine illustration. But Disney put out a casting call and both answered, arriving at the studio to become lowly In-betweeners before rising in the ranks to full-fledged animators.

Illusion of Life Wrap Up

The Interview Ends

Look to the left in the above picture and you’ll notice another Disney Alumni, Suzanne Pleshette (January 31, 1937 – January 19, 2008). You may remember her for her roles in The Ugly Dachshund, Blackbeard’s Ghost, and The Shaggy D.A.

Also, if you look to the far right in the above picture, you can see Carson holding up the book in question (blurry though it is).

For the full interview (5:54), please take a listen. It’s well worth it:

Frank and Ollie on Carson

To learn more about these two animation greats, and the rest of Disney’s Nine Old Men, check out my review of the book Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men.

THE BLACK HOLE Motion Picture Soundtrack

Always on the hunt for the unusual, I have recently found a great movie soundtrack for an underrated Disney classic. The Black Hole was released in 1979 with a Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 18th. It premiered in the United States on December 21st.

The original soundtrack album I am featuring here was released in 1979 as well to further promote the movie.

Black Hole Front Cover

Cover Art

Some mild swearing (a first for a Disney film) and scenes of human death earned The Black Hole a PG (Parental Guidance suggested) rating. It was a first for a Disney production. Later Disney founded Touchstone Pictures for all of its future ‘adult themed’ entertainment.

This soundtrack album contains a 12-page full-color Souvenir Photo Album. Let’s have a look:

Black Hole SPA Pages 1, 2

Each page spread has numbered photos that correspond to a quote or descriptive text.

Black Hole SPA Pages 3, 4

The pages follow the movie in sequence so that you can follow along with the plot as you listen to the record.

Black Hole SPA Pages 5, 6

Most of the pivotal scenes from the movie are represented.

Black Hole SPA Pages 7, 8Black Hole SPA Pages 9, 10Black Hole SPA Pages 11, 12

And… The Black Hole!

The back cover of the album sleeve gives a glimpse of what is contained in the souvenir photo album, as well as a list of credits from the movie:

Black Hole Back Cover

The album itself is produced by Walt Disney Productions on the Disneyland Records label. Percy Rodrigues provides the narration:

Black Hole Label

The movie earned nearly $36 million at the North American box office but received mixed reviews from critics. And an astrophysicist deemed The Black Hole to be the least scientifically accurate movie of all time.

OUCH!

But I loved it for what it was, a nice bit of Disney fantasy. Comic book adaptions, a Little Golden Book, a read-along record book, and a line of Mego Corporation action figures all help to keep the movie alive with fans!

For more adventure in The Black Hole, check out this great button.

SMALL FRY Buzz Lightyear and Zurg Action Figures

Just when I think I have found every version of Buzz Lightyear I could possibly find, another one appears on a store shelf. This time it’s Mini-Buzz from the Pixar Short, Small Fry:

Small Fry Title Card

Here is the condensed synopsis: At a fast-food chicken restaurant called Poultry Palace,  Mini-Buzz Lightyear complains that he will never be played with because he’s just a display toy. Mini-Zurg (who actually prefers to stay) wants nothing to do with any attempt to change the way things are.

Small Fry Display

Bonnie is playing with the real Buzz in a ball pit when Mini-Buzz secretly climbs in and pulls the real Buzz underneath the balls so that Bonnie ends up picking up Mini-Buzz when she leaves the restaurant. Once Mini-Buzz gets home, he explains to the other toys that the balls in the ball pit shrunk him, and proceeds to generally annoy the whole gang.

Small Fry Confrontation

In the end, the real Buzz makes his way home, where his friends have already subdued the annoying Mini-Buzz.

Small Fry Buzz and Buzz

He is returned to the restaurant and all is back to ‘normal’. Of course, lots of other stuff happens along the way!

The Toy Story franchise has teased us with many toys within the movies, especially Toy Story 2, that you just can’t buy in the real world. So it was thrilling (yes, I’m that big of a Nerd) to find these fictitious fast-food toys in my local Toys-R-Us!

Small Fry Toy Set

2.5″ of Fun!

I love my full-sized Buzz Lightyear action figures (yes, I have more than one, and yes, I’m still that big of a Nerd) but I just can’t resist these little versions! They came in a companion pack:

Small Fry Package FrontSmall Fry Package Back

Let’s look at Buzz first:

Small Fry Mini BuzzSmall Fry Mini Buzz Back

Small Fry Mini Buzz Posed

And He’s Posable, Too!

Now let’s have a look at Emperor Zurg:

Small Fry Zurg Front

Small Fry Zurg Side LeftSmall Fry Zurg BackSmall Fry Side Right

Only His Arms are Posable

So these guys may be Small Fry, but are they awesome, or what?

Now we all know that Buzz Lightyear is a Space Ranger (at least, I think that’s the term we’re looking for). But would you like to meet The Original Space Ranger? Just click the link!

Mystery Stack Pack featuring Disney Tsum Tsum

Good old Walmart. Always a toy on the shelf, and as it happens, on sale! The Tsum Tsum craze is moving along with more merchandise twists added to capitalize. And so we have Tsum Tsum Mystery Stack Pack.

Mystery Stack Pack Group

 Series 2

Actually, I picked up nine packages, some from Walmart and the rest from Toys-R-Us. Both had them on sale for under $3.00 CAN per pack. With each package, you get a small Tsum Tsum figure and a stacking accessory.

Mystery Stack Pack Baggies

A Mystery No More!

Out of the nine mystery packages I purchased, I got three of one character (The Red Queen) but no other duplicates. So not a bad average for a blind buy!

So here are the seven characters I got:

Mystery Stack Pack Queen of HeartsMystery Stack Pack Queen Stacked

The Red Queen

Mystery Stack Pack MickeyMystery Stack Pack Mickey Stacked

Mickey Mouse

Mystery Stack Pack ChipMystery Stack Pack Chip Stacked

Chip

Mystery Stack Pack SuzyMystery Stack Pack Suzy Stacked

Suzy (from Cinderella)

Mystery Stack Pack EeyoreMystery Stack Pack Eeyore Stacked

Eeyore

Mystery Stack Pack OlafMystery Stack Pack Olaf Stacked

Olaf

Mystery Stack Pack Jiminy CricketMystery Stack Pack Jiminy Stacked

Jiminy Cricket

These are designed to stack on the back of the medium Tsum Tsum characters. You can stack them on each other but then they are wobbly at best! It is pretty hard to get the character to stay on his/her own prop!

Here is a group shot:

Mystery Stack Pack Group Shot

Which Is Your Favorite?

The Series 2 set has fifteen characters including Buzz Lightyear and the LGM from Toy Story. These were the two I was hoping for.

Now I don’t know whether to go back and buy more Mystery Stack Pack, er… packs, or just be satisfied with what I have. Blast these mystery packs/blind boxes of Disney!

In case you aren’t up on just what a Tsum Tsum is:

Disney Tsum Tsum is the name of a range of collectible toys based upon Disney characters (including characters from the Disney-owned Star Wars and Marvel franchises). The name is derived from the Japanese verb tsumu meaning “to stack”, because the toys are shaped like rectangles and designed to stack on top of each other, forming a pyramid shape.

With four basic sizes and a few different materials, there is a Tsum Tsum for everyone. At least, that’s what Disney marketing hopes!

Check out more of my Tsum Tsum collection here.