It was a great week for stories published around the Disney network of websites. We’ve picked out our favorite articles and collected them for you to read. This week includes concept art from animation projects new, old, lost and found, as well as a healthy dose of Mouse and some behind the scenes access to a Parks ride painter. Check out what we found:
The recently re-launched website for the Official Disney Fan Club looked way, way back in Disney history, to the time before even Mickey Mouse. Animation die-hards won’t want to miss Story Sketches From a Lost Oswald the Rabbit Short drawn in 1928 by Walt and his small team of animators. And as if that weren’t enough, they took a look at another never-seen project, only this time a bit more recent. In A Disney Afternoon Show That Almost Was, D23 shares concept art from “Justice Ducks,” a Darkwing Duck superhero spin-off that never quite made it to air. If only!
Oh My Disney
OMD really delivered some amazing art this week. Their article Mid-Century Modern Disney filters famous animated artifacts through a Danish modern lens. Also worth a look is their collection of Mickey Art for Your Enjoyment from the Where’s My Mickey game, as well as this summer’s upcoming series of original shorts.
Disney Parks Blog
Visitors to the Parks, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, will surely recognize the Partners statue sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson. You might even have a picture framed in your house of you standing with Walt and Mickey. The Disney Parks Blog has Five Fun Facts About the Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom Park that you may not have known about the history of this famous landmark, including an especially sweet alternate pose considered for Mickey Mouse.
Speaking of Mickey, Spoonful has had a mouse on their mind this past week. They’ve come up with a list of Beach Must-Haves for Mickey Mouse-Loving Kids. But we suggest adults take a look too. From delicious cupcakes to a homemade Mickey merchandise, we’re all ears when it comes to suggestions like this.
The Official Blog of the Walt Disney Company has added another piece to the ongoing series, Every Role is a Starring Role, which features cast member profiles from around the company. In Behind the Brush: What It’s Like to Be a Disney Parks Painter, Disney Post visits Alan Smith, a painter at Disneyland. Join Alan at Disneyland’s workshop space where he keeps historical traditions and techniques alive as he hand-paints rides.