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    Re: First Small World Video!!!

    All you haters are going DOWN!

    After my first trip on it I wanted to go on it again just for the sheer amazement of it all! It looks absolutely phenomenal and all of the characters blend in perfectly!


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    Walt Jr. isnt going to be to happy about this it looks great!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz-c7Ees4QQ

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    Re: IASW preview on LAtimes

    I find it interesting -- Disney is now spewing the line that the America scene was discovered in old Mary Blair concept art, but that the scene was, for some reason, never built. And yet, despite Tony Baxter and Kim Irvine both saying and a Disney Press Release touting it, Disney has yet to release this elusive concept art.

    Why don't they share it with us? They threw out an old Mary Blair piece depicting Alice and the White Rabbit when the news first broke about the characters going in, so why not back up their claims on the America scene?


    'Small World' renovation presents a big challenge
    Art director Kim Irvine sought to emulate Blair's artistic style in creating the new America scene, which the original designer had sketched for Small World but which never made it into the attraction. The new room depicts the agricultural heartland, with a red barn towering over farmer dolls in overalls and straw hats, and the American West, with "Toy Story" characters Jessie and Woody against the backdrop of the Butte Mountains.

    Evidence of just how closely Irvine's style approximated that of Blair, with whom Irvine had worked on the Small World attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., became apparent when Baxter found one of Blair's original sketches of the American West on sale at the Comic-Con comic book convention in San Diego.

    "I said, 'Kim, you're not going to believe this,' " Baxter recalled. "So I took a picture of it, and I brought it back and I showed it to everybody. We were well along with our design, but it was so close to what our design was."

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    oh Master, you think Disney is telling the truth on this? With ALL the DL history books, E ticket mags, Extinct Attraction DVDs, and WD Treasures as our refrences over 54 years, and they're trying to convince us the America scene was a lost concept? Hell that would have showed up in the Art Of Disneyland at least. pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaseeeeee................

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    Re: IASW preview on LAtimes

    Quote Originally Posted by OTownGuy View Post
    oh Master, you think Disney is telling the truth on this? With ALL the DL history books, E ticket mags, Extinct Attraction DVDs, and WD Treasures as our refrences over 54 years, and they're trying to convince us the America scene was a lost concept? Hell that would have showed up in the Art Of Disneyland at least. pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaseeeeee................
    No, I don't think they're being honest - and that was my point.

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    Re: First Small World Video!!!

    I can't wait to see it as well. I kind of knew where they put Ariel at was going to be there. Cause when I was on it durning Christmas Time I knowest the mermaid had a new color to her hair. It was more white then blond when I was on it and for some reason I figure that is where Ariel would go after Christmas. Can't wait to go on it. If I don't go on it on the 20th when my mom gose to Disneyland to see Instant Replay then hops on the 28th I will go see it. I know the lines are going to be huge when it reopens to everybody .

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    Re: First Small World Video!!!

    At least the lights have been upgraded.


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    ...Baxter found one of Blair's original sketches of the American West on sale at the Comic-Con comic book convention in San Diego.

    "I said, 'Kim, you're not going to believe this,' " Baxter recalled. "So I took a picture of it, and I brought it back and I showed it to everybody. We were well along with our design, but it was so close to what our design was."
    You're right, Tony... I don't.

    Out of all the Blair collectors buying and swapping and posting on the internet all these years, Tony Baxter himself just so happens to find a never-before-seen Blair sketch, which just so happens to look like what Kim already designed?

    And he just so happens to discover it not in the Disney vaults, not in a visit with the Blair children, not at the estate sale of a rich collector, not in some obscure attic... but at Comic Con?

    The truth is, if Disney, WDI and Tony care at all about their credibility, they'd better get the bona-fides on this alleged "missing Blair artwork" presented to the public pronto, or they'll have a PR debacle that'll make Tom Daschel's tax-dodging resignation look like a Pluto cartoon.
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    Re: IASW preview on LAtimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    You're right, Tony... I don't.

    Out of all the Blair collectors buying and swapping and posting on the internet all these years, Tony Baxter himself just so happens to find a never-before-seen Blair sketch, which just so happens to look like what Kim already designed?

    And he just so happens to discover it not in the Disney vaults, not in a visit with the Blair children, not at the estate sale of a rich collector, not in some obscure attic... but at Comic Con?

    The truth is, if Disney, WDI and Tony care at all about their credibility, they'd better get the bona-fides on this alleged "missing Blair artwork" confirmed and presented to the public pronto, or they'll have a PR debacle that'll make Tom Daschel's tax-dodging resignation look like a Pluto cartoon.
    I'm disappointed that the man who is in charge of Disneyland's creative direction at WDI is partaking in interviews and spreading these deceptions regarding "it's a small world."

    I thought Tony was better than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    You're right, Tony... I don't.

    Out of all the Blair collectors buying and swapping and posting on the internet all these years, Tony Baxter himself just so happens to find a never-before-seen Blair sketch, which just so happens to look like what Kim already designed?

    And he just so happens to discover it not in the Disney vaults, not in a visit with the Blair children, not at the estate sale of a rich collector, not in some obscure attic... but at Comic Con?

    The truth is, if Disney, WDI and Tony care at all about their credibility, they'd better get the bona-fides on this alleged "missing Blair artwork" presented to the public pronto, or they'll have a PR debacle that'll make Tom Daschel's tax-dodging resignation look like a Pluto cartoon.

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    Re: First Small World Video!!!

    Looks great can't wait to ride it this Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    I'm disappointed that the man who is in charge of Disneyland's creative direction at WDI is partaking in interviews and spreading these deceptions regarding "it's a small world."
    In truth, there's nothing that proves it's a deception, only that the story seems very, very, very improbable -- a series of lucky coincidences that beggars believability.

    Of course, it could be cleared up in an instant: just as soon as Disney releases credible and confirmable information on the "newly discovered sketch"... such as what it looks like, who had it for sale at Comic Con, where they got it, etc. What dealers in the art and antiquities trade call "proof of provenience."

    Barring that, it will remain in the file marked "Extremely Likely to be BS" -- the same space currently occupied by Mr. Sklar, and now, sadly, by Mr. Baxter.
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    ...You're awesome...just so you know.



    I never really understood the big deal. The only characters that look out of style are Woody and Jessie, and that room looks fine.

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    Tony Baxter is on the verge of jumping the shark into George Lucas territory. Im also VERY dissapointed in Kim Irvine. She did a great job restoring the park for the 50th, especially the dark rides, but my god she should be fired for this. And she worked on WDWs version!!!

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    Re: IASW preview on LAtimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    In truth, there's nothing that proves it's a deception, only that the story seems very, very, very improbable -- a series of lucky coincidences that beggars believability.

    Of course, it could be cleared up in an instant: just as soon as Disney releases credible and confirmable information on the "newly discovered sketch"... such as what it looks like, who had it for sale at Comic Con, where they got it, etc. What dealers in the art and antiquities trade call "proof of provenience."

    Barring that, it will remain in the file marked "Extremely Likely to be BS" -- the same space currently occupied by Mr. Sklar, and now, sadly, by Mr. Baxter.
    It looks like Disney has gone to the LA Times and given them this Mary Blair concept art.

    Brady MacDonald at the Times' Funland Blog has a story on it:

    Disneyland’s new Small World scene draws inspiration from ride creator
    With the debut today of the rehabbed It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland, the public gets its first look at the controversial new “Spirit of America” scene — the focus of much angst and anguish in chat rooms and blog posts.

    On one side of the boat ride, the new scene features an American West tableau with cowboys, Indians and “Toy Story” characters Woody, Jessie and Bullseye. On the other side, farmer dolls in overalls and straw hats populate an agricultural heartland montage.

    “Spirit of America” replaces a tropical rainforest scene, which got severely truncated and unceremoniously tucked into another room on the ride.

    Walt Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine, who oversaw the Small World rehab, explained her approach to the new American scene during a boat ride through the attraction today.

    Irvine based the new scene, in part, on original concept art by Small World ride creator Mary Blair. Fellow Imagineer Tony Baxter accidentally discovered the sketch at a recent Comic-Con event.

    “It just confirmed our suspicions that she always meant to have a scene for America,” said Irvine, who says the scene may have been cut from the original attraction because of time constraints.

    The original sketch includes many elements — buttes, cactuses and the sun — incorporated into the new American West scene.

    “It really helped me get the color tones right,” Irvine said of the sketch. “The hardest part for me was really capturing Mary Blair’s style. It really has an innocent, childlike quality.”

    A lasso-twirling cowboy, familiar to many Small World fans, was relocated from the finale to the American scene.

    The goal of the renovation, Irvine said, was for the changes to be as seamless and unobtrusive as possible.

    “We stuck to Mary’s story,” Irvine said.




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