Remembering Carson Van Osten

Disney Legend Carson Van Osten—who began his Disney career as an illustrator and who would, over the next 45 years, hold a variety of creative positions at Disney Consumer Products and the Disney Publishing Group—passed away on December 22.

He arrived at Walt Disney Productions in 1970, beginning as an illustrator of Mickey Mouse comic books. “I did like to…

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Dressed for Trick-or-Treating Success!

Like they say on the red carpet, “Who are you wearing?”

But we’re, of course, not talking about an award show—we’re talking about an even bigger night of the year, Halloween! Our friends at Disney Consumer Products have introduced a (ghost) host of fabulous new costumes for 2015—for adults, kids, and even dogs! So if you’re still trying to figure out…

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T.G.I.F.F.—Thank God It’s Force Friday!

Force Friday is upon us!

Of course, we know it’s not Friday yet, but we’re opening the gateway to the weekend a little early this week. As all Star Wars and Disney fans know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise goes on sale at midnight on Friday, September 4… which simply means that we’re going to stay up a little past our bedtime on Thursday, September…

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Disney Consumer Products Executive Carson Van Osten

Carson Van Osten

“I think I always knew that I’d be an artist,” Carson Van Osten says, “and although I was too young to remember it, my parents told me that I said I wanted to draw cartoons for Walt Disney when I grew up.” And since 1970, Carson Van Osten has done just that. He’s helped bring Disney characters to life, in a wide breadth of media all around the…

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Poster for Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

Lori, Rochester, Michigan

Disney’s first Winnie the Pooh film was Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree in 1966. There would not have been Disney Pooh merchandise before that year. Our earliest Pooh merchandise was sold as an exclusive through Sears for several years.

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Eric, Somerset, Pennsylvania

I checked with former Imagineer Eddie Sotto, who proposed the artisan watch program at Disneyland; it began in 1994. The watches and related services are no longer offered, as the program ended in 2013. Many different artists were involved. A large batch of original artwork for the watches was recently acquired by the Walt Disney Archives.

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Alex, Muskegon, Michigan

My favorites are the Mickey Mouse items that aren’t normally saved as collectibles. Such items are quite scarce, but often not expensive when they do turn up: things from the 1930s like a Mickey Mouse toothbrush, underwear, sweatshirt, and matching scarf and purse. My favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon is Brave Little Tailor.

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Rebecca, Saint Joseph, Michigan

According to an article in the March 1931 issue of Modern Mechanix, the 16mm Kodatoy projector, made by Eastman Kodak, was “recently introduced.” It was during this same period that Disney licensed Hollywood Film Enterprises to release shortened versions of its cartoons for home movie use. The projector itself is unrelated to Disney. The projector is, of course, an…

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Disney EXPO Merchandise

What’s In Store from Disney Store at D23 EXPO 2015

Disney Store has just announced the all-new collections and Limited Editions that will be launching at D23 EXPO 2015, and there’s a lot to be excited about! Disney fans will enjoy a truly spectacular Disney Store shopping experience in the 3,000-square-foot retail space Disney Store will have within the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion. The Disney Store shop…

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2015 Disney Legends

Announcing the 2015 Disney Legends

For 28 years, The Walt Disney Company has proudly honored those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy by naming them Disney Legends. Today, Disney announced the talented people who will be celebrated in a special awards ceremony at D23 EXPO 2015.

Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, and…

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