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Disney might-have-beens will be up for bid in Profiles in History's "Icons of Animation" auction

Disney might-have-beens will be up for bid in Profiles in History's "Icons of Animation" auction

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With the arrival of Black Friday, the 2011 holiday shopping season is now officially underway.

And if you're struggling to come up with the perfect gift for the Disneyana collector and/or the animation enthusiasts on your Christmas list ... Well, you might want to consider checking out the catalog that Profiles in History just put online for its December 17th "Icons of Animation" auction.


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Because - as you look through these lots (which - FYI - will be on display at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, CA. from December 9 - 16th) - you're going to find all sort of pieces that Disney theme park fans would just kill to own. Unique one-of-a-kind items like Roland Hill's initial architectural drawings for Sleeping Beauty Castle ...


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... as Walt and his initial group of Imagineers struggled to get a handle on what the interior & exterior of this Disneyland icon might look like.


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Better yet, you can take a look at some of the attractions that Walt considered adding to the Happiest Place on Earth in late 1956 ...


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... as Disneyland looked for ways to increase its hourly ride capacity for the Summer of 1957.


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Mind you, one of the ideas depicted above did eventually make it off of WED's drawing boards. But not with the colorful name that Bruce Bushman had dreamed up for this proposed Fantasyland addition, Mouseketopia. But - rather - the far more mundane sounding "Midget Autopia."

You'll lots of pieces of art like this in Profiles in History's "Icons of Animation" auction catalog. Things that look kind of familiar but aren't quite as you remember them. Take - for example - these winsome wenches ...


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... who were once considered as possible additions to "Pirates of the Caribbean" 's auction scene. Or the version of Disneyland's Mad Tea Party attraction depicted below ...


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... which was eventually dropped in favor of a less-ornate, easier-to-build version of this Fantasyland favorite.

That was sort of the same thing that happened with WED's original vision of what the exterior of Disneyland's Peter Pan Fly Through would look like ...


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As time ran out (more importantly, as Disneyland's construction budget began to tighten), the elaborate tournament-tent-like exteriors that the Imagineers had dreamed up for all of Fantasyland's dark rides were dropped in favor of simpler-to-build / far-more-affordable versions of these same structures.

And speaking of "Peter Pan," among the lots which will be coming up for bid next month in the Profiles in History's "Icons of Animation" auction are pieces of concept art that the Studio created back in the late 1930s / early 1940s. Which was when Walt Disney Productions first tried to turn J.M. Barrie's much beloved book & play into a full-length animated feature.


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That's David Hall's take on the crocodile who so doggedly pursued Captain Hook above. And just below here ... Well, this is a quick sketch of Alice & the Cheshire Cat that Disney Legend Joe Grant must have done of these two "Alice in Wonderland" characters before he left the Studios in 1948.


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But me personally, the artwork in this Profiles in History catalog that fascinates me the most is from films which never quite made it off the drawing board. Like that Roald Dahl story, "The Gremlins ," which Disney had wanted to put into production during World War II ...


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... or that Insect Ballet sequence which was supposed to be folded into "Fantasia" when Walt's concert feature was re-released to theaters with some all-new music numbers in 1942. (Sadly, it wouldn't be 'til some 60 years after "Fantasia" was originally released to theaters in November of 1940 that Walt Disney Feature Animation would then produce a revised version of this ambitious animated feature with seven new musical numbers).


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But the real highlight of this animation art catalog has to be the Boobyland concept art. Which was from Walt Disney's first attempt to turn Carlo Collodi's allegorical fairy tale into a full-length animated film.


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Looking over these Boobyland drawings ... You can understand why Walt eventually shut down "Pinocchio" for six months to be retooled.


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Not only was the Studio's initial design for this film's title character unappealing, but "Pinocchio" 's attempts to stay true to the original spirit of Collodi's tale ...


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... and fold in bits of social satire came across as way too heavy-handed.


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Which then made it harder for audiences to empathize with Pinocchio's plight when this wayward wooden boy wound up being turned into a donkey.


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Anyway ... There's lots of great bits of Disney history to be found in the Profiles in History's "Icons of Animation" auction catalog. So if you're looking for something fun to do today while you're digesting all of that turkey and pumpkin pie, why not head on over to the PIH website and go check that artwork out.

And if you find something that you just can't live without, please remember that the "Icons of Animation" auction will be held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. on December 17th starting at 11 a.m. PT.

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