Disney: It’s A Living, Gretel

Going through stacks of records, I redisc-overed this gem from 1964: Walt Disney Presents The Story of Hansel and Gretel, with music from the opera by Humperdinck.

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At first I thought it was this Engelbert Humperdinck, but it turns out it was by this one; thanks NPR. As disappointing as that was, there was another delightful discovery…

Along with Laura Olsher (narrator), Michael Donahue (Hansel) and Martha Wentwoth (Witch), the voice of Gretel was Ann Jilliann!

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That’s a variant spelling of Ann Jillian — the extra “n” was also how she was billed for her portrayal of Little Bo Peep in Disney’s Babes In Toyland. Ann, of course, is to be adored for many things — among them It’s A Living.

The 16 year-old me adored that show; the adult me wants to watch it again. I can’t be the only one… Why isn’t that show available on DVD or Netflix or something?

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Headless Dwarves Provide Candy

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) was based on Snow White, a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. But most likely it wasn’t any sense of loyalty that drove Disney to have Germans make this Snow White set marked Made In Germany & WPD (Walt Disney Productions); no, this vintage set, was made in Germany because the Germans made kick-ass paper mache figural candy containers.

Dwarf heads, dwarf heads, rip them off — yum!

Via.

Up-Inspired Floating House

National Geographic was inspired by Disney’s Up, as reported by Eugene at My Modern Met:

Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 300 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.

The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new National Geographic Channel series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in fall 2011.

Thirteen more photos at My Modern Met!

Dames & Dogs #15 – And Some Sort Of A Hat

A dame, a little dog, and Mickey Mouse ears — what could be better than that?

Maybe adding a dude too. (Love how his glasses mirror the mouse ears.)

And now just a dude — and the dog and Mickey Mouse ears. Because I just can’t get enough of Gala‘s photos.