Sunday, December 31, 2017

About "Benjamin's Ride" Snow White Documentary

One of the projects we'll be working on over the next year is a fan-based documentary entitled, Benjamin's Ride. Ben is an autistic boy who fell in love with Snow White's Scary Adventures at Walt Disney World. He was the last person to ever ride the attraction before it was permanently closed in 2012. His story is told through interviews with his parents and others. This project has been a labor of love for us ever since it was started back in 2011. And now we are looking for your assistance.

Send us videos of yourself:
1. Ride Appreciation - If you are a fan of Snow White's Scary Adventures (at any of the four theme parks), tell us about it on video. Let us know what you like about the ride and why? Is there some history you can share about the attraction. Any little known anecdotes? Have a favorite memory? Do you miss the WDW version now that it's gone? Give us as much detail as you want.

2. Movie Appreciation - If you are a fan of the motion picture, tell us why. Again, share as much detail as you'd like. Is it your favorite Disney film? Are you moved by the story? Do the characters resonate with you? Are you taken with the animation, the singing, the voice acting? Are you an admirer of the international versions? Tell us about Snow White in your country. Share anything you want about why you like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

3. Snow White Collections - Both licensed and unlicensed Snow White memorabilia has been produced in large quantities since 1937. Are you a collector? Why? Tell us. Show us. Take your camera into your storage and open up your boxes. Share your treasures with us and tell us why they have meaning for you.

This project is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company. There has been no outside sources of funding, only our own out-of-pocket. As such, there is no financial remuneration for any video you may provide. We also cannot guarantee that your footage will make it into the film. It simply depends on how the story comes together and what will be needed. If your footage is used, you will receive a credit at the end of the movie.

If you do send us video of yourself, please do not repost this same footage online. We'd like the content to be fresh and original for the film. The exception to this is any archival footage you may have of the ride or other Snow White subject matter.

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So if you are interested in participating, we want to see your footage. Here's a few tips...

Video Specs:
  • We are looking for footage in HD resolution, 1920 x 1080 or larger (2K, 4K).
  • If you have standard definition archival footage of old rides, etc., we'd certainly accept it.
  • Set your frame rate to 30 fps. This is the NTSC format. (60 fps is fine too.)
  • The latest cell phone cameras or handheld camcorders should work fine.

Shooting Tips:
  • Light your space. Avoid overly dark shots. Nice even lighting is best.
  • Use a tripod or bookshelf to stabilize your camera if needed.

Audio:
  • Recording good sound is critical. If we can't hear what you're saying, we can't use your video.
  • Make sure you are in a quiet space, away from traffic noise, wind noise, other people's conversations. 
  • Turn off televisions, radios, air conditioners, refrigerators and anything else running in the background.
  • If you own an external microphone such as a lavaliere mic, use it.

Delivery:
  • We need uncompressed video. If you have cloud space available, upload your raw files, send us a link, and we will download. Otherwise, we can communicate to work out a way for you to send your footage.
  • You will need to sign a release form giving us permission to use your footage in the documentary.

If Snow White has in some way had an influence on your life, we'd love to hear about it. We welcome your video stories. You can reach us by email at: sw.documentary@gmail.com

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Adriana Caselotti's Snow White Dress

Adriana Caselotti was no stranger to the Snow White dress. She wore it on countless occasions, usually out on public appearance tours to publicize the latest Disney re-release of film. She also posed for numerous in-studio photo sessions.



Chicago Herald-Examiner, April 22, 1938.

Clipping from Adriana Caselotti estate via Heritage Auctions.





Adriana in her 1958 dress promoting the re-release of the movie that year.

B&W image copyright Disney.


Additional public engagements included fan conventions, school groups, and other affairs. This pink and yellow version--Adriana's last--belonged to her. She greets a group of school children in 1988 at her southern California home.



She was pictured wearing it for a write-up in the September 21, 1993 edition of the supermarket tabloid, Globe.

Pink dress images via Heritage Auctions.


Though the dress design had changed through the years, Adriana's joyful personality did not. When she wore it, she truly did so with a smile and a song. See a few more examples of Adriana with a Snow White dress in a recent Archive entry.

Walt Disney & Shirley Temple Oscars Photo

In December 2016, Heritage Auctions listed this well-known b&w photograph from the 1939 Academy Awards. It features Shirley Temple presenting Walt Disney with the honorary Oscar for Snow White. The special award consisted of one full size statue and seven miniatures. (Learn more in an earlier post.)

The photograph belonged to the personal collection of Shirley Temple Black. Mounted to construction paper. Measures 11" x 14" (image area 8" x 9.5"). It is inscribed in black fountain pen ink by Walt Disney..."To Shirley Temple from Snow White, Dopey, and all the gang and me too - Walt Disney".




Also signed in pencil by the photographer, Hyman Fink.

Images via Heritage Auctions.

Friday, December 29, 2017

1958 US Snow White Banner - 82"

A colorful silk screen banner from the 1958 US theatrical re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Measures 82" x 24". Rolled. Distributed by Buena Vista.




Images via Heritage Auctions.

1958 Snow White Lobby Streamer - 240"

A long lobby banner from the 1958 US theatrical re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Measures 240" x 32" Grommeted. Distributed by Buena Vista. Original cost to theatre owners: $6.50.




Images via Heritage Auctions.

It is shown on page 26-27 of the 1958 pressbook.

"Miracle Vinyl" Snow White & Seven Dwarfs Dolls by Deluxe Reading

The "Miracle Vinyl" Snow White doll was manufactured by Deluxe Reading (Deluxe Creations, Inc.) of New York, circa 1957. "© Walt Disney Productions." She stands 22" tall. Moving sleep eyes when placed horizontal. Rooted hair. Yellow dress with blue bodice (which shows fading in many of the examples found online).






The original tag is seen on this doll.



Snow was sold as a boxed set with the Seven Dwarfs. They measure between 7 to 8".











Original box holds all eight dolls.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

1938 "Snow White Laundry" Jingle Club Book & Cards

The Snow White Jingle Club was a 1938 promotional campaign from bread manufacturers. Local bakeries would include a Jingle card in each of their loaves of bread. There were 24 cards total. They were printed on thin paper with a full-color illustration. They also included a four-line jingle. Kids would collect these cards and affix them inside a free Jingle book. We saw both the booklet and cards in earlier Archive entries.



Once all 24 cards were found, the child was directed to the blank pages at the back of the book where they were to write down the fourth line of each jingle. These could then be turned back in at the local bread store in exchange for a Snow White prize, usually a framed character picture.







What's interesting to note is the fact that Disney did not limit the use of their Jingle Club promotion to bread manufactures alone. This particular book (above) and cards (below) were instead sponsored by the aptly-named Snow White Laundry based in Philadelphia. The laundry truck would come to your home to pick up and drop off your garments. A Jingle card would be left with each clean bundle of clothes.






Printed on the reverse side is one of two different informational blurbs. The first reminds you to look in your next Snow White Laundry bundle for another Jingle Card. And also to ask your routeman about a Jingle Book if you don't have one. The other card mentions the that complete set of 24 pasted in your Jingle Book entitles you to a beautifully framed picture of your favorite Snow White character. The "Radcliff 5700" was the phone number for the laundry service.




An apology letter from the Snow White Laundry service was found within this book. Sound like there was a back order delay in sending out the Jingle Book and the club button (seen in earlier post).



Original mailing envelope.



Image scans generously provided by the Denise Vernier Collection. The book and cards came to her through her grandfather, who at one time either worked for or was a patron of this Philadelphia laundry service.