There were many announcements and excitement during the expo that you can read all about all over the web. Rather than repeat the same news that's been flying around the blog-o-sphere - I want to share everything I found related to Snow White at the Expo.
|I was pleased to see Snow in the castle logo for the expo|
|Snow also appeared on many of the banners around the outside of the expo.|
On Saturday I went the the panel on The Making of American Experience: Walt Disney. This panel again featured Don Hahn as well as Neal Gabler (historian), Rebecca Cline (Archives), and Sarah Colt (Producer). I can't wait for this documentary! (PBS September 14 and 15). At about one hour into the show audiences will see clips from the premiere from Snow White. I've seen lots of stills of this, but not too much video. We got a preview and I was thrilled to see it. The producer was able to obtain unseen footage from the archives and from animator Art Babbit - so the whole special should be amazing to watch.
On Sunday I returned to the Archives stage for In Conversation: Wilma Baker and Ginny Mack. These ladies were ink and paint girls for the Walt Disney Studios. The amazing part? Wilma Baker started working for the studios in July of 1937. That's right, she worked on Snow White!
|Wilma Baker on the left and Ginny Mack on the right.|
Before Wilma was hired she went into the studio every evening from 6 to 10 pm for two weeks where she practiced (without pay). After the two weeks, she was hired at $16 a week. There were overtime hours for the ladies as they got closer to the premier. One interesting thing she said was that she didn't see herself as an artist but as someone who can keep to a line. I completely disagree! These ladies had a tough job! Mindy showed us a close up picture of Snow White's eyelashes - done by an inker - wow! The detail! We also learned that the girls didn't have light boxes in those days, just lamps. Can you believe it? The other thing I learned that I found fascinating was that after Snow White was so successful and Walt was able to build his new studio, the inking girls were moved into the second story. The inkers discovered that the floor moved when the other girls walked by so the girls had to shuffle to not disturb each other.
I spent a lot of time on the show floor because one of the great things about the Expo is the free swag! I only found one Snow White related freebie on the show floor. Disney Consumer pavilion had a wishing wall where you could write a wish and tie it to a wishing gate.
|The details for the castle. Amazing!|
|Close up on the Snow White vase - amazing artistry!|
|Here is the castle - it looks so tiny - but it will be anything but!|
|See! Snow White attraction!|
|The display showing the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train|
|They showed a ride video (one assumes from Florida) and played the ride music - it was strange to hear some differences in Heigh Ho.|
The Walt Disney Archives had a Disneyland display that was full of amazing things including this piece from the Emporium on Main Street:
The one place I never went into (the lines were just too long!) was the Disney Store itself - but I did find the dwarfs outside it
Walking around the show floor, there was a small nod to Snow White in the Walt Disney Animation Studios booth.
Eric Goldberg had a booth featuring his art in his upcoming book. He had Snow White and all the dwarfs on display.
The Expo Dream Store...
|The $300 Snow White Master Score|
|This came as a set of four, but a print could be bought|
Hallmark had a display of different items - including this Snow Globe
One of the emporium vendors was selling these cuties - but they were in blind bags - I hate those!
Precious Moments were showing off lots of Snow White products:
New Zealand Mint had just released their Snow White coin.
|This was the box for the Gold coin|
These little cutties will be showing up in Target sometime soon - Snow White is a nail polish.
A few of my favorite purchases came from Enesco and the Disney Archives collection:
|A box set of cards!|
|This stationary is a set of 8 designs - but how can you beat Snow?|
Isn't this picture awesome! It looks like they are rolling out a new line of archive photographs that you can get as art - very cool idea.
Another piece of art available at the show
I have to admit I thought about getting the Master Score. After all it is a limited edition Snow White book. The Music Emporium actually had one out you could read. After looking at it, I decided it wasn't for me. It is very cool, but doesn't have enough for me to justify the price. The book has four pages of background and then all the pages are copies of the original music sheets. I thought that it would include the music or something else, but it is the book only.
|Info page 1 and 2|
|A little more info|
So after three days in a Disney Fan's heaven - what did I bring home? Lots! But here a few of my favorites:
|Bookmark of one of the pieces made for expo - I liked the Snow and Queen featured on the bookmark|
|A Walt Disney Imigneering Pin from Mickey's of Glendale|
|Bought this hair clip from a ETSY crafter in the Emporium section|
|Of course I had to have this!|
|Here are the other prints featured|
|The Uniqlo shirt I brought home|
|The expo shirt I picked - not sure why Snow White is the biggest character on the shirt - but it made me happy!|