Wednesday 30 May 2012


Sixty-one years ago tomorrow, Kinematograph Weekly published this article by Walt Disney on the making of Alice in Wonderland... 

Many thanks to Richard Holliss for the copy of this article from Kinematograph Weekly for 31 May 1951 and to Matt Crandall (Vintage Disney Alice blog) for a scan of the cover.

Wednesday 23 May 2012


Pamper your cat - regardless of which British county it comes from...

Monday 21 May 2012

Saturday 19 May 2012

SNOW ON SATURDAYS: Images of Miss White & Co

Key-rings big enough to ensure you never again lose the keys to the cottage –– or the castle dungeon...

Wednesday 16 May 2012


Mad Hatter's Tea Cups, Disneyland Paris Resort post card

Monday 14 May 2012

MICKEY MONDAYS: Manifestations of the Mouse

Author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, who died last week, was born in the same year as Mickey Mouse. Here he is writing about his favourite childhood companion:
Mickey Mouse was our buddy. My brother and sister  and I chewed his gum, brushed our teeth with his toothbrush, played with him in a seemingly endless variety of games, and read about his adventures in comic strips and story books. Best of all, our street pal was also a movie star. In the darkened theater, the sudden flash of his brilliant, wild, joyful face – radiating great golden beams – filled me with an intoxicating, unalloyed pleasure...

Though I wasn't aware of it at the time, I now know that a good deal of my pleasure in Mickey had to do with his bizarre proportions: the great rounded head extended still farther by those black saucer ears, the black trunk fitting snugly into ballooning red shorts, the tiny legs stuffed into delicious doughy yellow shoes. The giant white gloves, yellow buttons, pie-cut eyes, and bewitching grin were delectable finishing touches...

A gratifying shape, fashioned primarily to facilitate the needs of the animator, he exuded a sense of physical satisfaction and pleasure – a piece of art that powerfully affected and stimulated the imagination.
From Caldecott & Co: Notes on Books & Pictures by Maurice Sendak, Reinhardt Books, 1988

Saturday 12 May 2012

Wednesday 9 May 2012



Hallmark Christmas Tree Decoration, signed by Kathryn Beaumont.

Saturday 5 May 2012

SNOW ON SATURDAYS: Images of Miss White & Co

Tell me, Magic Mirror: can it really be??

Mild-mannered Minnie as the Wicked Queen...?

Wednesday 2 May 2012


Tweedledum and Tweedledee Salt and Pepper Shakers
Disney Studio Store 2001