The Fly

What’s the Buzz — A look at The Fly

By Cesar Gallegos, Walt Disney Archives

To help celebrate the Halloween season, let’s take a look back at a classic science fiction tale of transformation, The Fly. This 20th Century Fox film from 1958 starred David Hedison, Patricia Owens, and notable horror and science fiction actor, Vincent Price. Adapted from George Langelaan’s short story of the same name,…

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Walt Disney’s Snow White Dairy Recipes

D’scovered – Dining with Dwarfs

By Becky Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

One of my favorite pastimes is collecting vintage recipes. So, this week I just had to share a fun little cookbook from the former Walt Disney Studios Library, now preserved in the Walt Disney Archives ephemera collection. It is called Walt Disney’s Snow White Dairy Recipes, was published in 1956, and features…

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Archives MMC

65 Years in the Making: A Club for You and Me

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives
“Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!”
Sixty-five years ago, on October 3, 1955, this popular anthem was heard for the first time as the Mickey Mouse Club debuted on ABC and became one of the most popular children’s television series of all time. The show was originally part…

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Return to Oz

Behind the Emerald Curtain: Concept Art from Disney’s Return to Oz

By Kevin Kern, Walt Disney Archives

Every now and then, while working with the historical production artwork preserved in the Walt Disney Archives, one has to pause to appreciate just how special each individual piece is, and what story it helps to tell. Some of my favorite examples to peruse in this way come from the production of director Walter Murch’s 1985…

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Wild Design: Bongo’s Frontier Fashion

By Rebecca Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

Long before Henry led the Country Bears in their “Jamboree,” or even before Walt Disney made Davy Crockett’s raccoon skin cap all the rage in the 1950s, another famous Disney bear nearly sported some very “lively” headgear on top of his little red cap.

These story sketches for an unproduced comedy gag for…

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bowers merch

7 Ways to Bring Disney Home with The Bowers Museum Store

By the D23 Team

Earlier this year, the Walt Disney Archives’ amazing retrospective exhibition—“Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic”—premiered at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California. Commemorating five decades of collecting and preserving historical materials relating to Walt and the company he founded, the exhibit…

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A Dog’s “Tail”: Celebrating 90 Years with Pluto

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

Everyone knows that a dog is man’s best friend and classic companion. And, as Walt Disney once said, “Dogs are known and loved in every land.” This is certainly the case in the many worlds created by The Walt Disney Company. Countless new and old Disney favorites include a lovable pup: there’s Nana in Peter Pan (1953);…

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Miranda Sisters

The Gang’s All Here: Carmen and Aurora Miranda

By Cesar Gallegos, Walt Disney Archives

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the Good Neighbor Policy was created to foster better relations between the United States and various South and Central America countries. The entertainment industry took considerable steps to encourage these relationships: For 20th Century Fox this included films showcasing themes and talent…

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World of Motion

Fashion and Fun: Costume Art from World of Motion

By Nikki Nguyen, Walt Disney Archives

World of Motion, an opening-day attraction at EPCOT, provided Guests with a fun-filled look at the history of transportation. Former Disney animator and train-enthusiast Ward Kimball came out of retirement to lend his characteristic sense of humor to the attraction’s action. As an art director, Ward helped shift the initial…

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