Monday, August 29, 2011

The Old Witch at Beverly Sunset Sweet Spells

All images from the Filmic Light Collection (unless otherwise noted).

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Like a cousin to the Candy Cauldron, the Beverly Sunset Sweets Spells shop is a wickedly savory confectionery located on Sunset Boulevard at WDW's Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando. The outside facade replicates the Warner Beverly Hills Theatre that once stood aglow in neon on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

Inside is...
an odd but effective and sometimes stunning mixture of Gothic and Art Deco styles that extends to the nearby Villains in Vogue location as well. Often missed due to the store's attractive and tempting assortment of candy and pastries is a series of high perched reliefs that serve as a hall of fame of Disney villains. Source: 2719 Hyperion

The villains overlook the shop...

And the Face in the Magic Mirror stands guard in several locations...

There's candy galore including these Evil Queen mints and Grumpy sours...

And these theme park chocolates (which are also available at Disneyland in Anaheim)...

Candy Box images courtesy of TokyoMagic! Used with permission.

Setting up shop in one of the storefront windows is the Old Witch...

Taking a little direction from her spell book which reads...

juicy apple
gobs of butter
sack of sugar
pinch of mystery
cast spell
boil in cauldron

She works her wicked ways for all to see as her arm moves up and down "dunking" the apple into the bubbling cauldron...


Down a couple doors, the Witch appears again, this time in the store window of the Scary Apothecary where she tries to entice innocent passerbys to splurge on a few Vinylmations...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wicked Mints and Grumpy Sours Tins

I'm a big fan of Snow White tins, especially small ones. I guess there's just something about the fact that they're made from metal, and if properly cared for, they'll be around way longer than I will. Here's a couple nifty examples currently available at the theme parks...

"Wicked" Evil Apple Mints tin. Purchased from the World of Disney store at Walt Disney World Resort, November 2009. Measures 4" x 2.5" x .375". Original price $3.95 (USD).


This "Grumpy" Orange Sours tin (in shrinkwrap) was also purchased from the World of Disney but in February of 2011. It wasn't available in 2009. Same measurements and price as above.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

1938 Texas Electric Recipe Brochures

1938 printed recipe handouts issued by the Texas Electric Service Company in Fort Worth. Each measures 3" x 5" when folded.

Dopey Chicken Curry...

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Doc Spice Roll...

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Above images courtesy of the Rick Payne collection. Used with permission. See what Rick has for sale at dadric's attic.

Happy Salmon Croquettes...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Happily Ever After" Snowglobe - 2009

This ''Happily Ever After'' snowglobe first appeared at the Disney Store in 2009, but it's still currently available in August 2011 from It features Snow White on horseback as the Prince leads her to his castle. Hand-painted, sculpted resin with glass and metal. The piece stands 10" tall. A wind-up key on the bottom plays a Brahms Waltz. An automatic blower stirs the sparkles inside the globe. Runs on 2 AA batteries. Retail price $99.50.

The snowglobe also comes with a title plaque which can be engraved with up to two lines, 20 characters per line. This personalization is required at the time of sale, but is included in the price. If purchased from a brick-n-mortar Disney Store, it instead comes with a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs logo.

Item No. 6447039758453P

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Animators of Film and Television" Book

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Author Noell Wolfgram Evans is a playwright, animation historian, and two-time winner of the Thurber Treat award. Although he may work by day as a creator of theater, he's always had an interest in animation.

From an email correspondence with Noell...
I started a few years ago exploring various animators and films for on-line and print publications.

As I wrote I became intrigued at the through-line from "classic" animation to today's popular culture. The closer you look at say some of the great Warner Brothers cartoons or the design work of the late 40s/early 50s modernists, you start to see some of the roots of how we look and laugh at things today.

So I wanted to explore that a little further and I also wanted to share the stories of the people who were really doing the day to day work of creating these shorts, bringing such joy into our lives and truly influencing much of what we think about, from an entertainment standpoint, today.

Author Noell Wolfgram Evans

Published in 2011, Animators of Film and Television takes a good look at 19 influential animators, directors, and writers from this past century who affected animation and in turn, our culture.

Sample Pages via

Of specific interest to Snow White enthusiasts are the chapters on Art Babbitt, Joe Grant and John Hubley. The three were employed at the Disney Studio in the mid 1930s during the creation of Walt's first feature film. They worked for the Mouse, but it wasn't all princesses and fairytales. Not all animators were looked upon proportionately to the work they produced. This smartly written book tells it like it was without the fluff. An interesting read for anyone desiring to delve deeper into the history of animation.

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4832-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8603-8
Publisher: McFarland, 2011
Format: Softcover, 228 pages

Monday, August 22, 2011

WDCC/WDAC Grumpy's Scary Adventures Figurine, 2001

Back in 1999, a Walt Disney Art Classics Convention was held at the Orlando theme park where attendees had an opportunity to meet the artists and purchase exclusive limited edition pieces. It was a well-received event and became an annual occurrence for a number of years--the first three with a focus on theme park attractions.

At the third gathering on May 5, 2001, "Fantasyland" was the theme and Snow White's Scary Adventures was one of the highlighted rides. A Grumpy figurine, "Hmph! I Ain't Scared" was release with an edition size of 750. Sculpted by artist Blaise Gauba and rendered in fine porcelain, the comic piece features the angry dwarf riding in a mine car from the attraction. It stands 4 1/2" tall and retailed for $175. The bottom-stamped annual production mark for 2001 was the Butterfly from Bambi.