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?

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:

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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!

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.

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!

Tarzan Disney Store Exclusive Lithographs

Tarzan was released in 1999 by the Walt Disney Feature Animation unit and was the 37th Disney animated feature film. It was also the last film of the Disney Renaissance era. It was based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs and is the first animated major motion picture version of the Tarzan story.

I was beside myself when I first saw the trailers for this adaption of Tarzan! It looked so incredibly cool and the film did not disappoint.

So when I found these lithographs from The Disney Store, they just had to find their way into my collection!

Tarzan Litho Cover 2

Cover Sleeve

Some of the sleeves or folders for The Disney Store lithographs are quite elaborate. In the above instance, however, understatement ruled the day. But the print itself is striking:

Tarzan Litho 2

To the Death!

One of the most exciting scenes is the fight between Tarzan and a cheetah, presumably the one who killed his parents. This battle goes a long way to establishing Tarzan as the Lord of the Jungle!

Tarzan Litho Back 2

Back Cover of Lithograph Frame

Most of the lithographs I’ve seen are merely copies of cells from the film, but in this case, an exclusive dimensional image was created by the computer illustrators at Disney Interactive.

Let’s have a look at a second Tarzan lithograph:

Tarzan Litho Cover 1

Cover Sleeve

Now this is what I call a cover sleeve! I love this scene from the film (probably more than Jane is at this point) and almost wish that it had been the lithograph inside, but instead we have:

Tarzan Litho 1

Trashing the Camp

On the Jungle Cruise in Walt Disney World there is a scene along the bank where gorillas have found a human camp and trashed it, including flipping a Jeep! It’s likely that the scene depicted in the lithograph above was a homage to it.

English musician Phil Collins was recruited to compose and record songs which were integrated with a score by Mark Mancina. Collins’ heavy percussive style really added a lot of dimension and energy to the film. And the song written to accompany the funny camp scene was brilliant!

Tarzan Litho Back 1

Back Cover of Lithograph Frame

These two lithographs are definitely keepers and will likely find their way onto a wall in our home!

Can’t get enough lithographs? Check out both Lady and the Tramp and Monsters Inc. by clicking the links.

Lady and the Tramp Disney Store Lithographs

Lady and the Tramp was released to theaters on June 22nd, 1955. It was based on the book Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene and tells the story of a refined female cocker spaniel named Lady who gets mixed up with a local mutt named Tramp. Love and adventure ensue!

But other than a hit Disney animated film, what do Lady and the Tramp have in common? This set of four Disney Store lithographs:

Lady and the Tramp Cover

Front cover of folder

Lady and the Tramp back

Back cover of folder

These lithograph sets are commonly given out by The Disney Store to promote the re-release of classic Disney animated films, such as Lady and the Tramp. However, in this case, the set featured here had prices on it: $14.95 US and $18.95 CAN. So it was either free if you pre-ordered Lady and for sale to everyone else, or you had to pay the price even if you pre-ordered and no one else could purchase it at all.

Lady and the Tramp Folder

Open Folder

This was one of the examples where the folder is just as interesting as the artwork inside. Above you can see the folder opened, but look what happens when you remove the lithographs and start to unfold the folder:

Lady and the Tramp folder 2

All set for a romantic dinner

Now we unfold once more:

Lady and the Tramp folder 3

Just another empty alley

This set was released in 1998 and so still has a unique folder but in later years The Disney Store started to release only one lithograph in a paper envelope. As always, as time goes by, things are more cheaply produced!

Now let’s have a look at the lithographs:

Lady and the Tramp Lady

Lady’s House Guests

Lady and the Tramp Warning

Lady Meets the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp Date

Lady’s First Date

Lady and the Tramp Dinner

Dinner Reservations for Two

Although each lithograph pictures a scene from the film, they are not labeled, so I have supplied my own titles for each one.

Each lithograph is 11″ x 14″ including the white border and are printed on high gloss paper.

To see a really great set of lithographs featuring the characters from Monsters Inc. just click the link. It has an amazing folder too!

Monsters Inc. Disney Store Lithographs

Monsters Inc. was produced by Pixar Studios and released by Walt Disney Studios in 2001. Since then it has spawned one prequel/sequel, Monsters University (2013). And as we will see, it has also spawned one awesome set of lithographs!

Monsters Inc. Cover

Front Cover

The Disney Store releases collector series lithographs when Pixar or Disney re-releases an old animated classic or when a new production is being promoted. The idea is that if you preorder the release from The Disney Store you will be given a set of complementary lithographs for ‘free’. I say ‘free’ in quotes because usually the prices at The Disney Store are slightly higher than retail elsewhere. However, the small price bump is well worth the value of the exclusive lithographs!

This particular set was available in 2002.

Monsters Inc. Back Cover

Back Cover

In some cases, as with this Monsters Inc. offering, the packaging of the lithographs is almost as good as the actual artwork contained inside!

Monsters Inc. Opened

Opened

I love the door motif that has been carried over from the movie. But you haven’t seen all the surprises this packaging has to offer. The side doors open to reveal even more cool imagery:

Monsters Inc. Door One

Door No. One

Monsters Inc. Door Two

Door No. Two

The lithographs themselves are 11″ x 14″ including the white border and are suitable for framing. The paper used in this case has a smooth gloss finish. Other Disney Store lithograph sets were produced on textured paper and looked and felt more like professional quality. Let’s have a look at each of the four Monsters Inc. lithographs in turn:

Monsters Inc. Group Shot

Group Shot

Monsters Inc. Buddies

Buddies

Monsters Inc. Bedtime

Bedtime for Boo

Monsters Inc. Kitty

“Kitty!”

I added my own titles for each image as they didn’t come with any from the manufacturer.

Monsters Inc. Empty Folder

Empty Folder

You can buy this set of lithographs on eBay currently for between $8.00 and $25.00 US depending on the Seller and location of the item.

For more Disney Store lithographs, please check out these 75 Year Anniversary lithographs from 1996.

Mission Marvel Perry the Platypus Plush

Being a grown and reasonably mature male in mid-life I don’t get the chance to watch a lot of Saturday morning cartoons. Not as many as I’d like anyway! And Phineas and Ferb wouldn’t really catch my interest except for the character that I am featuring here, in plush:

plush MM Perry frontplush MM Perry back

Perry the Platypus

Phineas and Ferb is an American animated musical comedy television series that officially premiered on February 1, 2008 on Disney Channel.  Every day, the boys embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who frequently tries to reveal their shenanigans to her mother. The series follows a standard plot system; running gags occur every episode, but the b-plot is where my attention is always focused!

plush Agent P

Perry the Platypus works as a spy (“Agent P”) for OWCA (the Organization Without a Cool Acronym), to defeat the latest scheme of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, a mad scientist driven largely by a need to assert his evilness. Wuh-ha-hah!

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel was a cross-over episode that featured characters from Marvel Entertainment, specifically in their incarnations from the Marvel Universe shows on Disney XD. It aired on August 16, 2013, on Disney Channel and on August 25, 2013, on Disney XD. The special was released on DVD on October 1, 2013.

And it’s from that show that we got Superhero P, here in the plush, with a new costume and gadgets:

plush Superhero belt

Rocket belt? Yes please!

I collected comic books as a kid and my favorite brand was Marvel. So anytime I see something Disney with a Marvel twist, it’s doubly good and a must-add for my collection!

But perhaps you’re not too familiar with Marvel Comics? If this describes you, then perhaps a review of Stan Lee’s marvelous memoir might be just what you need! You can also read my list of top Marvel artists and superhero costumes to round out your comic book education.

Ornament: Horseless Carriage with Mickey & Minnie

Walt Disney loved anything that moved. Trains. Boats. Monorails. And of course, cars! That’s why Disneyland, his first theme park, had and still has vintage automobiles driving up and down Main Street. I love that The Disney Store has chosen to honor this with an ornament!

The Sketchbook Ornament below is from The Disney Store and depicts a vintage electric car, or horseless carriage:

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Dapper Mickey drives Miss Minnie

I love the vintage line of ornaments that The Disney Store is releasing this year. The offering featured in this post is new for 2016.

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Riding off into the clear blue sky

This version of an electric car is quite a bit like the one that Walt Disney himself drove in Disneyland:

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Not identical, but close!

I love it when products tie in historical moments like the one above. Walt’s playful nature is captured beautifully here and in the Sketchbook Ornament!

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Sometimes the smallest details are the most fun things about an object. This ornament is no exception. Check out Minnie’s hat:

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Alive, and along for the ride!

Although it was popular at the turn of the last century to display feathers or even complete dead birds on women’s hats, I’m sure the bird here is alive and well. After all, although not officially one of Disney’s Princesses, Minnie is certainly a friend to all of the woodland creatures!

While we’re all in the mood for some vintage motoring, why not check out the link to see a beautiful old car, albeit not an electric one, that I photographed while visiting Greenfield Village.

To see another great vintage offering from this line of ornaments, please check out our earlier post featuring Donald Duck on a train. If you hurry, you’ll just be on time to see him pull into the station!