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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    And just throwing something in here to The Thread 2

    Over the years the stretch portraits have evolved from the Marc Davis sketches into more realistic paintings seen today. As you can see from the originals in the Osmond Special, the earliest renditions (concepts of Davis, though not actually painted by him) were the first. Over the years they were modified. From what I have been told, the cut down (cropped) versions from Disneyland are currently in the Chicken Exit of the WDW Mansion. While I have seen them in person, I can't honestly vouch for wether they are originals or just prints.

    Seen in this image is the Marc Davis originals, the ones from his concept and lastly the current version today.


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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    I've always found it interesting to compare Davis' stretching portrait concepts with the various versions that have been used in the actual attractions. His more whimsical take has a certain appeal, though I often find myself "siding" with the more realistic renditions.


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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    That third one is just plain strange with the green skin, very very odd.

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    The HM is like the Beatles. Somehow, the mix of very different personalities was the right recipe, even though individual songs/gags obviously reflect one guy more than the other. And like the subsequent solo careers proved, they needed each other.

    I'm glad Davis didn't have complete dominance. I mean, look at this tableau, something straight out of generic Halloweenland:




    C'mon, Marc! That's mild and cute enough to print on the side of a three-year-old's trick-or-treat bag! And yet, it made it to maquettes before it died:


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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    Exactly why, despite Marc's genius, I prefer the stylings of Claude Coats. You're right that they all needed each other, though--Coats' sets and atmospherics would have been okay without the character gags, but not great like they are now.


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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    I'm totally with you on Coats. The guy was incredible. I look at something like this attic sketch, and you know, there is absolutely nothing supernatural in it. Not even a stormy sky. Nothing, and yet it's creepy as it can be. Claude's the man.


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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    The only reason for the greenish skin on the 3rd stretch portrait is because of the scan that I received of it. It was kind of old at the time of scanning, so that could have just been some fading.

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

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    The only reason for the greenish skin on the 3rd stretch portrait is because of the scan that I received of it. It was kind of old at the time of scanning, so that could have just been some fading.
    Yeah, I thought she looked a little seasick.

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    Yarg... It just be a bad scan.

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2



    There, a little fresh air and she's back in the pink.

    Bottom quicksand guy looks a little green around the gills, though.

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    GRD, have you checked out the "Geisterschloss" videos at youtube? That's the HM rip-off at Europa park in Germany. I can't believe the number of brazen rip-offs, right down to the octagonal stretchroom with stretching portraits and hanging corpse and the singing busts in the graveyard scene. Unbelievable.
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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    Yep. I saw that video over on DB. There are so many places that use the HM as inspiration. However, I find it to be a good thing. Because it means that HM was cool enough that people wanted to imitate it.

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    Imitation is the truest form of flattery...

    So, just breezing over the trip report, it says the audio is clearer and more crisp, so am I to presume that is the new sound effects, or just better speakers?

    Additionally, there's a hint of a new ghost in the graveyard. Any news on that?

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    When I talked to Leotas Child earlier today, she mentioned the placement of the ghosts, but they have always been there actually.

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    Re: Son of "Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion Effect," or The Thread 2

    One more random post.

    I wonder if Jason Surrell drew inspiration from the moving busts in Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast for his Leota headstone, just as Rolly drew inspiration from that same film so many years earlier?


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