Hi, remember me?
I apologize things have been dead around here for so long, but finally the fruits of my offline efforts are starting to appear. As you might have seen, Disney’s D23 fan club opened a brand new and enhanced website yesterday. It’s a quantum leap over what was available previously, and the focus is now on generating new content of a historical nature to better take advantage of the nearly endless amount of archival material kept by the Disney company. Basically, it’s like a Disney history blog but with a ridiculous amount of resources that would be off-limits to a “civilian” researcher.
For the last few months I’ve been working with the Disney Archives and D23 to prepare material for this new initiative. Basically, digging around and finding interesting things to talk about. D23 has put together a quality roster of contributors including David Gerstein and Jim Fanning, among others. They have also inexplicably included me, so you can count on the occasional bit of retro weirdness you’ve hopefully come to expect.
The bulk of the site is reserved for D23 members, but the good news is that you can now register for free to view the site. This is only the beginning for the site, as lots more content is on the way. Already the full contents of Dave Smith’s Disney A to Z are online as a reference, and it will continue to be expanded and updated as we go. The site’s design also allow’s for “sister sites” – these are already up for the Disney Archives and Disney Legends – and in the future they’re going to add the Animation Resource Library and other company resources.
In the meantime, I wanted to point out some of the choice elements from the first few days of posting. My stories include a piece of Disney ribbon cuttings (after all, we’re cutting the ribbon on a new website), and this look at story sketches from a lost Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon.
Other pieces I enjoyed include:
- An amazing lost Disney Afternoon program called Justice Ducks that I really, really, really wish would be made.
- Some of Walt’s family photos.
- A great piece on the Star Wars Disneyland storyteller records.
- Pieces on Walt’s early Laugh-o-grams and Julius the cat.
- Videos about Marceline, a fascinating look back by Kevin Kidney at Anaheim’s Katella Avenue, and Chris Sanders talking about Stitch and Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida.
- Mickey’s Birthdayland!
- Lastly, terrifying Mickey costumes from the past.