Thursday, May 16, 2013

D23 Expo 2013: Features 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins, 'Oz The Great and Powerful' and 'Once Upon A Time' Exhibits

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives returns to the D23 Expo with a 50th-anniversary celebration of the beloved Mary Poppins film.

The Walt Disney Archives will open up its collection to Expo guests once again at D23 Expo 2013. And joining this year’s impressive lineup of Archives treasures are props and costumes from one of the most beloved Disney films of all time, Mary Poppins.

You can also check out a special tribute to Disney’s enduring connection to the land of Oz—Disney has been down the yellow brick road several times before Oz The Great and Powerful—and costumes from ABC’s hit show Once Upon A Time.

Bert’s carousel horse is one of the many Mary Poppins props and costumes that will be gliding into the new Treasures exhibit.

As the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins approaches in 2014, the Archives will be presenting a super-califrag-array of pieces from the Academy Award®-winning 1964 film, including concept art and matte paintings, Mary and Bert’s carousel horses, the snow globe from the “Feed the Birds” sequence, and costumes worn by many of the film’s characters.

The blocks, which come to life in the nursery scene of Mary Poppins, will join the Mary Poppins display.
The carpet bag that Mary carries with her when she arrives at the Banks’ household is a recent acquisition of the Walt Disney Archives. It will be on display—and the Archives team is very excited to show this off for the first time!

The legendary nanny costume, worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins.
Also in the exhibit, you can check out imagery, costumes, props, and set pieces from the Archives’ many collections, some displayed publicly for the first time by the Walt Disney Archives.
And D23′s focus on our fans continues with a special area dedicated to Fan Art, themed to—of course-Mary Poppins. (Thanks to all who entered!)

On the before-the-ruby-red heels of the global success of Oz The Great and Powerful, the Archives is proud to assemble artifacts illustrating Disney’s long association with L. Frank Baum’s Oz books.

The patchwork dress from Walt Disney’s original Oz project, which was never released, titled “Rainbow Road to Oz.”

You can see the patchwork dress costume from 1957′s “Rainbow Road to Oz”—a segment from The Fourth Anniversary Show that celebrated Walt’s four years on television, starring many of the Mickey Mouse Club’s Mouseketeers—as well as concept art from unrealized attractions and Disney Studio productions.

Also featured are props and costume pieces from 1985′s Return to Oz including the Tik-Tok puppet, “Powder of Life” tin, and Dorothy’s costume and slippers. And there will be an assortment of costumes from this year’s Oz The Great and Powerful.

The original Tik-Tok costume from Disney’s Return to Oz.
Now finishing its second hit season, Once Upon A Time has become a huge hit among Disney fans for its ability to remain true to many of Disney’s classic stories while expanding their worlds with a modern twist. Way to go, ABC. The Archives is honored to be presenting a selection of elegantly designed costumes from the show.

                       Highlights at launch will include:

23 Questions – We enhance our popular feature with audio interviews with Once Upon A Time star Ginnifer Goodwin, who reveals her Disney favorites — and what she’s looking forward to in the next season of the hit ABC show. Plus an exclusive with Phineas and Ferb’s popular “evil mastermind” Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz, who talks about his truly devious plans… and Christmas.

D’scovered – Treasures unearthed by the Walt Disney Archives. In the coming weeks the Archives will share extremely rare imagery from the proposed Mickey Mouse Park, a concept which evolved into Disneyland; spine-tingling alternative dialogue for the Haunted Mansion penned by Disney Legend X. Atencio; the illustrated story script for “The Karnival Kid,” the 1929 short in which Mickey Mouse first speaks; and a very special memento created for Walt by legendary artist Salvador DalĂ­.

Disney A to Z – A complete and newly updated electronic version of the definitive Disney encyclopedia with more than 7,000 entries written by Dave Smith, founder and Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Archives.

D23 Presents – A deeper dive into all parts of Disney from the opening of Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland to rarely seen footage of the former Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue.

Disney Legends and the Walt Disney Archives – Two new microsites; Disney Legends will provide a deeper look at those who’ve made significant contributions to the Disney legacy, and the Archives site will open up the doors of this venerable institution so D23 can share more of The Walt Disney Company’s expansive collections.

In addition, new departments and sections include: Weird Disney, looking at some of the more unusual and outrageous pieces of Disney’s past; Characters, profiling the most beloved characters from television, film and comics with concept art and complete biographies; The Quotable Walt Disney, a digitized version of the out-of-print book featuring some of Walt’s most enduring words; Ask a Legend, a video feature in which Disney Legends like Marty Sklar answer fans’ questions; First Look, which gives members a glimpse into what’s new and what’s next including Monsters University; Attraction Rewind, celebrating the beloved attractions of Disney’s past which once delighted theme park guests; and Muppetology, which opens up the Muppet-acular universe of our fuzzy friends. D23’s popular video series Armchair Archivist and Disney Geek will also return with all-new episodes.

And that’s just the beginning — on launch day, will reveal even more surprises.

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