101 Dalmatians Disney Store Lithographs

Today’s post has really gone to the dogs, quite literally! We are sharing six Disney Store lithographs that were offered to promote the video release of 101 Dalmatians.

101 Dalmatians Front Cover

101 Dalmatians Back Cover

This envelope has a nice synopsis of both the film and the film-making process on the back. The 1961 animated version was the first to use the Xerox process for copying the many spots needed to render the 99 puppies and two adult dogs in the film.

The six lithographs from this set are among the few I’ve seen with captions describing the scenes. Let’s have a closer look. We begin with the announcement that Pongo is going to be a father:

101 Dalmatians Happy Couple

“After all, dogs were having puppies long before our time.”

We then skip to the birth where there is a slight problem:

 101 Dalmatians Lucky

“Nanny! Fifteen! We still have fifteen.”

Here we see the reviving of the last puppy born, whom Roger saves, and so gives the name of ‘Lucky’. Life resumes as we see the proud parents watching some quality television with their puppies:

Fan Favorite TV

“Ol’ Thunderbolt’s the greatest dog in the whole world.”

But things don’t stay tranquil for long after Cruella De Ville arrives with her own reason for loving the puppies:

101 Dalmatians Cruella

“Yes… yes, I must say… such perfectly beautiful coats.”

Jumping ahead we rejoin the story after the puppies have been stolen and the dogs of the city are using the Twilight Bark to relay the message that help is needed:

101 Dalmatians Pet Shop

Peg, Bull, and the Twilight Bark

In this scene, we are treated with guest appearances from Peg and Bull from another animated Disney film about dogs, Lady and the Tramp.

Later the puppies are found, but now there are 99!

101 Dalmatians Escape

“This way, children, around this way.”

All’s well that ends well as the farm animals help free all of the puppies. In the end, all 101 Dalmatians live together on a big farm in the country. The end!

This was the 17th feature-length animated film released by Disney and it did very well at the box office. After all, who can resist 99 cute little puppies?

For more fun with the 101 Dalmatians film, check out our earlier post entitled Could This Be Cruella De Ville’s Real Car? which shows a vintage 1929 Auburn 8-120 automobile that just may have inspired the animated copy.

Fan Favorite Movies as Disney Store Lithographs

We all have our all time favorite Disney animated movie. I personally have several! So what is your fan favorite? Maybe it will be one of the seven Classic films depicted here in these lithographs from The Disney Store.

Let’s have a look at both the packaging and the actual prints from each film in the order they were released theatrically:

Fan Favorite Bambi Cover

Bambi 1942 – 5th Feature-length Film

This lithograph was released by The Disney Store in 1997 as a promotional giveaway when one preordered the film on video.

Fan Favorite Bambi Lithograph

Bambi Meets the Rest of the Cast

Fan Favorite Bambi Back Cover

Back of Envelope

Next we visit Neverland:

Fan Favorite Peter Cover

Peter Pan 1953 – 14th Feature-length Film

This lithograph has one of the better envelopes for a single print release. Most will have a blank back cover, but this one gives us something more:

Fan Favorite Peter Hook

“Smeeeeeeeee!”

And now for the lithograph itself:

Fan Favorite Peter Lithograph

Again, this lithograph gives us a little something extra by having a beautiful map of Neverland on the back of the frame:

Fan Favorite Peter Back Cover

Next we go black and white, mostly:

Fan Favorite 101 Front Cover

101 Dalmatians 1961 – 17th Feature-length Film

This film has had more than one Disney Store lithograph release but I like this envelope the best of the two offered.

Fan Favorite 101 Envelope

Pongo and Perdita

And now for a domestic scene we can all relate to:

Fan Favorite 101 Lithograph

TV Time!

And now we head into deepest darkest Africa:

Fan Favorite Jungle Cover

The Jungle Book 1967 – 19th Feature-length Film

I love Colonel Hathi and his Elephant Patrol! So this sleeve cover was a treat to see. But so was the lithograph:

Fan Favorite Jungle Lithograph

Just the Bare Necessities!

In my opinion, The Jungle Book was as perfect an animated movie as you could ever create! So I guess you could say this is my fan favorite.

Fan Favorite Jungle Back Cover

Released in 1997

Hard to believe that this lithograph was released 20 years ago! Now we have a live-action movie adaption of this classic. Have you seen it? I posted a review comparing the 1967 original with the new 2016 version. I picked a winner. Click on over to see which version it was!

We have three lithographs left as we now transition from the 60’s to the 70’s:

Fan Favorite Cats Cover

The Aristocats 1970 – 20th Feature-length Film

So this was released 26 years after the film had its theatrical release. I love the gray scale artwork for the cover sleeve.

Fan Favorite Cats Lithograph

Free Transportation

Fan Favorite Cats Back Cover

And now we leap from the 70’s all the way to the 90’s and into the middle of the Disney Renaissance:

Fan Favorite Aladdin Cover

Aladdin 1992 – 31st Feature-length Film

This was a concurrent release with the film in theaters. By now The Disney Store was releasing simpler versions of lithographs with basic cover sleeves. The lithographs were of slightly larger size however. With standard lithographs, you get an 11 x 14 overall size which includes the frame. With later lithographs, you now got an 11 x 14 picture with the frame adding extra size.

Fan Favorite Aladdin Lithograph

It’s a Whole New Hug!

We conclude with another 90’s hit:

Fan Favorite King Cover

The Lion King 1994 – 32nd Feature-length Film

This sleeve sports a pleasing pattern. And the lithograph:

Fan Favorite King Lithograph

Meeting of the Minds (Mash Banana)

This, like the Aladdin print, is oversized.

Fan Favorite King Back Cover

So which is your fan favorite? Do you like the prints small or larger? Do you think The Disney Store should always release lithographs with interesting cover sleeves, or does that not matter to you, as you’ll just throw them away anyway?

Thumper or Miss Bunny: A Figurine Investigation

So most cartoon bunnies look alike. Male or female, they all look alike. So what do animators do to differentiate one from another? Sometimes they will use color changes, size, or most often eye lashes. We will consider some of these techniques and others to determine if the ceramic figurine we have in this post is Thumper or his girlfriend, Miss Bunny.

Before we get into our investigation, let’s have a look at the suspect:

Thumper Front

Suspect: Bucktoothed and Cute

CLUE No. 1

When we purchased this figurine the Seller gave us a card that was given to him when he himself obtained it. Such provenance is often helpful in determining exactly what an object is. Take a look:

Thumper Card

After some research we were able to determine that these ceramic figurines, made by Evan K. Shaw Pottery, were indeed produced in the early 1940’s. But we were still unconvinced that what we had was ‘Thumper’s Girl’.

We began our investigation by checking the Internet for other examples of the piece to see what online Sellers were claiming it was. Some said ‘Thumper’ while others said ‘Miss Bunny’, or ‘Bixbi’, as some Disney fans have named her (she is not given a name in the original movie).

We also found other small ceramic figurines that were definitely depicting a female bunny, that were brown, and posed differently than ours. It was this figurine that was consistently called ‘Miss Bunny’ and not the version we have. So we now had a majority consensus.

But our figurine could still be another version of Miss Bunny, as some were claiming.

CLUE No. 2

Next we need to consider the color of the piece. Let’s have another look at it:

Thumper LeftThumper Right

Brown Fur

This is a confusing clue, but stay with us. Thumper, in the movie Bambi, was gray, not brown. So we could arbitrarily pronounce this character to be Miss Bunny, who was brown, based solely on that parameter. However, pottery companies were notorious for going off-model when creating their pieces, getting features and colors wrong more often than not. It wasn’t until later that Disney started to tighten up on its demands for standardization of its character merchandise.

So this clue is inconclusive.

CLUE NO. 3

Eyelashes have been the stereotypical way of depicting a female character in the world of animation since the beginning of the medium. Our figurine has three short upward eyelashes, and not the multiple swept-back lashes of a female character.

CLUE NO. 4

Sometimes, if you know the character well enough, you can recognize them by body language. Of course, in the case of a sculpture, this technique will depend on the artist portraying such characteristics in his artistry.

Thumper Back

Thumper was very expressive with his ears. Many times he would have one ear up with the other ear down. This was a way of distinguishing him from his many brothers and sisters in the film.

The ceramic figurine we have exhibits this trait.

CLUE NO. 5

Lastly, we checked the figurine for any markings that could help us to identify it.

Thumper Bottom

No such luck!

Ceramic figurines are either stamped with black ink, engraved, or sport a sticker, usually on the bottom of the piece. This example has none of these markings, so no help there for our investigation.

CONCLUSION:

We believe this figurine to be Thumper. And here’s why:

  • General consensus gathered from Internet Sellers
  • Frequency of wrong use of color for Disney characters by manufacturers
  • Eyelashes are consistent with male characters
  • Body language, specifically the ears, is consistent with the character

We hope the techniques of this detailed investigation will help you to identify your treasured pieces of merchandise! And you can see more of Thumper as a lawn ornament by clicking the link. Or for a Disney-themed joke featuring Thumper (and other characters) check out this link.

Classic Animated Films as Disney Store Lithographs

Disney struggled for a while with the animated division of the company. Film after film failed at the box office and disappointed fans. But then a string of what we now consider classic films came along to bolster the confidence of Disney and Disney fan alike. That string of films came to be credited as creating a Disney Renaissance.

But before and after this period, Disney still released the odd film that just didn’t capture the imagination, nor most importantly the money, of the movie-going public. Let’s have a look at some of these. First:

Classic Rescuers Front Cover

The Rescuers – 1977

This film shouldn’t really be in this post as many Disney fans love it very much. But it rarely shows up on anyone’s all-time favorites list! It spawned a sequel (The Rescuers Down Under – 1990) and left us with two endearing characters in Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Bernard (Bob Newhart).

Classic Rescuers Lithograph

Everyone needs an Evinrude motor!

The Rescuers is filled with many charming and heart-warming scenes which make the film a definite classic!

Classic Rescuers Back Cover

The Rescuers was the 23rd feature-length animated film from Disney and is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization headquartered in New York City that shadows the United Nations and is dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world. Sounds plausible!

The second film I will feature here is one of my personal favorites:

Classic Mouse Front CoverClassic Mouse Front Cover 2

The Great Mouse Detective – 1986

This is the 26th feature-length animated movie released by Disney and is based on the character of Sherlock Holmes. His mouse counterpart lives under his floorboards and is named Basil of Baker Street.

Classic Mouse Lithograph

Basil and Oliva find a clue!

I love the Sherlock Holmes character and have read all of the original stories as well as collected almost all of the movie adaptions, both from television and the silver screen.

Classic Mouse Back Cover

Promoting the re-release in 1999

The plot is long and convoluted as one would expect from a Sherlock story with lots of twists and turns. It also stars Vincent Price as the villain! Why didn’t this film do better at the box office? There’s just no figuring people.

If you like the characters from this film, check out this great ornament, also from the Disney Store.

The third movie is one I can’t stand to watch and haven’t added to my personal collection:

Classic Oliver Front Cover

Oliver & Company – 1988

Again, this lithograph from the Disney Store was released in 1996 to promote a video re-release.

Classic Oliver Lithograph

Cast of Characters

I felt this film relied too heavily on an all-star cast, most prominently Billy Joel and his music. It wasn’t enough to save this dog of a film, pun intended. It felt more like a Don Bluth effort along the lines of All Good Dogs Go to Heaven which also didn’t have teeth at the box office.

Classic Oliver Back Cover

This film was Disney’s 27th feature-length animated effort. It was inspired by the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist but casts Oliver as a homeless kitten who joins a gang of dogs to survive in the streets. It’s a pity this film survived the development phase!

Lastly I am thrilled to share another of my favorite, yet again not-so popular, films:

Classic Atlantis Front Cover

Atlantis, The Lost Empire – 2001

So now we jump ahead a couple of decades and well after the Disney Renaissance to an ambitious film that just didn’t quite cut it. Disney had planned to reinvent the submarine ride in Disneyland based on this film but poor box office made us have to wait until Finding Nemo to go under the water again.

Classic Atlantis Lithograph

This was Disney’s 41st feature-length animated film and its first animated science fiction attempt. Even the star-power of Michael J. Fox couldn’t float this one with fans and it sank.

Classic Atlantis Back Cover

Disney tried to mine the Steampunk vibe for this film but even that didn’t help it to catch an audience. Pity!

So how do you feel about these four movies? Are they near misses or enduring classics? Let me know in the comments section!

Goofy Cologne by BTB International

Goofy isn’t the first Disney character you would think of when launching a new fragrance line. Seriously, just what would be a signature scent for such a ‘goof-about-town’? I shudder to smell!

But apparently the Bravo Tango Bravo International Corporation felt that Goofy was just the man, or dog, to launch the smell that would make a thousand women swoon. But perhaps not in a good way!

Goofy Fragrance

I have a bad scents about this!

The box uses the registered brand name ‘Thanks’ written in underlined script. Probably preemptive appreciation for anyone crazy enough to buy this stuff! That said, let’s open the box…

Goofy Opened Box

I like the pattern within…

Goofy Box Pattern

 Now let’s take the bottle out of the box for a closer look:

Goofy Perfume Bottle

Being as I am unsure as to just how old this bottle of perfume is, I don’t think I’m going to try it anytime soon. You can still buy this as ‘new’ on the Internet for anywhere from $9.99 up to $19.99 US.

Goofy Bottle Opened

Pop the Lid

Goofy Bottle Spray Nozzle

Ready to Spray

I picked this bottle up on a local selling site for just $5.00 CAN based solely on how cool the box art looked!

Goofy Box Bottom

Eau De Toilette Natural Spray

Going back to our opening statements: Just what would a Goofy Perfume smell like? Goofy By Disney Cologne is for men (duh!) and has a subtle, hintful oriental aroma. It contains a crisp and refreshing blend of bergamot (a small tree commercially grown chiefly in southern Italy for its sour citrus fruits, the rinds of which yield an aromatic oil), orange and vanilla woods. It is recommended for daytime wear the reasoning being, I can only imagine, that a brisk breeze is needed to blow away the stench.

I think it is safe to say that this might not be the Disney gift you will want to buy your man! For other options, check out my post filled with Disney Bling. Your man, and your nose, will thank you!

Emperor’s New Groove Disney Store Lithographs

I just can’t get enough of the exclusive lithographs from The Disney Store! This post features a nice set from the movie The Emperor’s New Groove.

Emperor's New Groove Cover

It’s hard to believe that this film was released over 17 years ago back in the year 2000! Just before the Y2K virus destroyed the world. Good times! Good times!

Emperor's New Groove Back Cover

It was the 40th feature-length animated film from the studio and was basically a buddy picture. Well, as ‘buddy’ as a big fat guy and a talking llama can be buddies.

Emperor's New Groove Folder Open

Folder Open with Pictures Inside

 Some of these folders can be quite beautiful, like the ones for Lady and the Tramp and The Little Mermaid. Not to be outdone, Kuzko made sure his folder was ultra-cool too!

Emperor's New Groove Folder Empty

Folder Open but Empty

This artwork from the film is a nice touch. Now let’s have a look at the lithographs themselves. And as with most of these sets, the pictures themselves don’t have titles, so I will be adding my own:

Emperor's New Groove Directions

“Squeakity Squeak Squeak Squeakity!”

Man, you just ask a squirrel which way a talking llama went and you have to listen to him talk about his nuts and his family. Or was that his nutty family? Either way, just tell me which way the talking llama went!

Emperor's New Groove On Purpose

“I’m about to do something on purpose!”

With a ‘buddy’ like Kuzko along on the journey, I think anyone would eventually consider doing something untoward accicentally ‘on purpose’. If you get my meaning.

Emperor's New Groove Kuzkotopia

Kuzkotopia!

Okay, it was totally bad of Kuzko to plan to evict an entire village just to build a self-themed adventure park… but I so want to go there! I may even want an Annual Pass!

Emperor's New Groove Baby Kuzko

“Give me more!”

The Emperor’s New Groove is filled with awesome moments, but the one depicted in the image above was probably one of the funniest. Until Kuzko goes all ‘Kuzko’ and then the baby-cuteness moment is gone! Still funny though.

COOL FACT: The fourth wall is broken many times in this film. And you thought Deadpool invented that gag! And just what is ‘The Fourth Wall’? It is the imaginary “wall” at the front of a stage in a traditional three-walled box-like stage in a proscenium theatre (a proscenium is the area of a theatre surrounding the stage opening and literally means “in front of the scenery”), through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. The concept is usually attributed to the philosopher, critic and dramatist Denis Diderot. And now you know.

So how does one break this wall? Any time a character turns to the camera, addresses the audience, or makes a comment that makes it seem like he KNOWS he’s in a TV show or a play, he’s said to be “breaking the fourth wall” – the wall that separates him from the audience.

For even more lithographs, check out these ones from Monsters Inc., also from The Disney Store.

Luggage: Mickey and Minnie Disney Day Bag

We don’t have a lot of Disney-themed luggage but it is nice to have one or two pieces to add a bit of fun to our trips. Recently friends of ours gave us this nice Disney Day Bag:

Luggage Day Bag

Approximately 8″W x 8″D x 18″L

This is a perfect size for day trips or overnight stays. We will probably use it to carry toiletries and such.

Luggage Bag Side

Mickey and Minnie are shown in their classic versions in both black and white and with some splashes of color.

Luggage Bag Inside

The inside of the bag is bright red which matches the color of the zipper and Minnie’s hat.

Luggage Bag Tag FrontLuggage Bag Tag Back

Global Design Concepts Inc.

So the next time we take a trip we will do so in Disney style!

For more luggage goodness, check out a Hidden Mickey Luggage Tag by clicking the link.

Walt’s Gate at Disney’s Birthplace, Chicago

Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago was a beautiful little home with a welcoming front porch, just beyond the gate. No one was home when I arrived, so I decided to wait:

Walt's Gate

Was this fence and gate there when a young Walt returned home each day oh those many years ago?

It was fun to stand where he would have walked and played!

Be sure to check out my full attraction review of Walt’s Birthplace by clicking the link.

Little Mermaid Disney Store Exclusive Lithographs

I just love the exclusive series of lithographs that The Disney Store has released over the years! Today I am featuring one of the best-loved Disney Princesses, Ariel, The Little Mermaid:

Little Mermaid Folder Cover

Beautiful Cover Art on the Folder

Little Mermaid Back Cover

Preview of Lithographs on Back of Folder

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989. No date is stamped on the folder so this set could have been released in 1989 or at any other time when the movie was re-released.

Little Mermaid Folder w/pics

Inside Design of Folder

Not all folders are created equal. This one is a little more elaborate than most with a nice picture of Triton’s palace and an undersea scape. Below is a shot of the open folder without the lithographs inside:

Little Mermaid Folder w/o pics

And now, on to the lithographs themselves. Very few of The Disney Store lithographs have titles on them, which is the case for these Little Mermaid examples. So I will make up my own!

Little Mermaid Family

Family

Little Mermaid Ursela

Getting Ready for Nastiness

Little Mermaid Meeting

From Here to… the Beach

Little Mermaid Under the Sea

Under the Sea Extravaganza

These prints certainly capture the rich tones of this undersea movie. Each print is 11″ by 14″ and suitable for framing. You can find these on eBay now for from $5.00 each or from $10.00 for the set. And then some others are asking way too much!

COOL FACTS:

  • The movie was based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Little Mermaid was Disney’s 28th feature-length animated film
  • It marked the start of the era known as the Disney Renaissance
  • It’s estimated that over a million bubbles were drawn for this film
  • It was the last Disney feature film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method of animation

For a look at some real live mermaids, take a trip with me to Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida. No snorkel required!

Dick Tracy Official Movie Souvenir Magazine

Dick Tracy is one of the longest running detective series that got it’s start in newspapers, leapt to radio and then on to the small screen. Later it was made into a series of lower budgeted black and white movies.

In 1990, the Disney Company took a shot at the character (see what I did there?) and turned the yellow-coated gumshoe into a hit! I recently found this mint condition souvenir magazine for the movie:

Dick Tracy Cover

It contains 13 chapters (Tracy scoffs at bad luck!) featuring cast interviews, behind the scenes pictures, and much more. Let’s have a look inside:

When you think of it, fifty bucks for an authentic rogue’s mask isn’t too bad of a deal!

Dick Tracy Warren Beatty

Star Warren Beatty, who also directed

Dick Tracy Collectibles

This page spoke directly to my heart! I love collectibles and vintage ones are just too hard to resist.

Dick Tracy Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke

In one of his rare villainous roles, Van Dyke plays a corrupt official who doesn’t show his true colors until the end of the movie. Whoops, I guess I should have said ‘Spoiler Alert’ before typing that!

You can read a little aside about this role in Van Dyke’s memoir book entitled My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. Click the link for my review!

Dick Tracy Rogues

Dick Tracy Sculpt

Dick Tracy Merchandise

There is a lot of stuff in this magazine for the movie fan who likes to go behind the magic and learn how it was done.

Dick Tracy Trading Cards

Dick Tracy Topps collectible cards are awesome and this set looks like it would be no exception!

I picked this item up at a local flea market for about $3.00 CAN but it’s value as a collectible is worth far more than that to me!

COOL FACTS:

  • This movie was released in theaters with the Roger Rabbit short, Roller Coaster Rabbit.
  • According to a trailer, this film was originally going to be released by Walt Disney Pictures. This likely happened before it got its rating, because the final version was released by Touchstone Pictures.