Sunday, April 13, 2008

Talking Pictures destroyed Vaudeville

Greetings Ghost Fans,

One staple of any Haunted Mansion, House, Castle, Shack or Shantee is the nicely framed portrait or painting. The Haunted Mansion's are no exception to having posessed portraits that age, stretch, stare, buldge, decapitate or duel. However, one early concept for portraits within the Haunted Mansion were to have them whisper and talk to guests. Marc Davis, whose concepts became the majority of the portraits within the Mansions, designed talking portraits based upon some Victorian and Literary baddies of the times. Two instances below, Guy Fawkes and Ivan the Terrible.

As a side note this week, I have a slight favor to ask. While I see that my counter hits keep growing, over 61,000 so far, I really don't get many comments about my posts. So I am asking you, the reader, to please give me some feedback. What would you like to see more posts about? I have a large media collection here and I usually surf around for something to post about. But what would you, the reader like to see? More Disneyland posts? More Disney World posts? More Phantom Manor? More Movie posts? More Haunted Mansion Holiday? More downloadable items (desktops, etc), more contests? Let me know what you guys would like to see! You can either leave a comment on this post (you can be anonymous if you wish) or please send me an e-mail, the link is in my profile. Thanks a lot dear readers!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the concept stuff that didn't make it into the attraction or was changed. It leads to wondering how many portraits did they plan for? You've posted alot so far, and from what you've said you still have more. But, yeah, I love concept stuff like that.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kind of like what it is you're doing. You have a wide variety of stuff posted, and I like the...variety of it. Haha.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Shotgun_Mario said...

I'd like to see more about how some of the lesser-known effects are done, or plans that were leading up to the original design (such as more info about the original tour-guide mansion, etc.). But I love your blog, it always seems to have different information as compared to everyone else, so keep up the good work!

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a suggestion; how about a Haunted Mansion, Phantom Manor, compare and contrast?

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I look forward to Sunday so I can come see what new info you have up. I enjoy the rather obscureness of the info you post. Being a die-hard mansion fan, its nice to find out new facts instead of the same ol info. Thanks for the wonderful blog, keep up the good work!

2:09 AM  
Blogger cola boy said...

I'd like to see more articles about Haunted Mansion Holiday.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Princess Fee said...

I enjoy all your posts - I like that you have a lot of variety, and I thoroughly enjoy it when you present pictures from Mansions throughout the different Disney parks...
I would like more about Haunted Mansion Holiday - as it is something I don't think I will ever experience - but please don't neglect everything else because of this!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've enjoyed your posts...pretty much all of them.

I am a sucker for the early stories about the Mansion, the architectural details of all of them and any major differences between the rides.

11:35 AM  
Blogger nojarama said...

I love what yer doing & appreciate anything you can share with the rest of us!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're doing a fantastic job of giving us some amazing insight on our beloved Mansion! I would like to see another topic about the newest additions to the Walt Disney World Mansion, maybe more about how some stuff works (unless you might not want to give that away) or maybe about how the Imagineers did the sound designs and tests on the new Stretching Room sequence and maybe why they scrapped a few of the phrases or sound effects that WERE there on opening day! I'm not bitter...

12:34 PM  
Blogger Sam! said...

I love the early concept art and the like. I agree with the sentiment of not wanting the same old stuff. I'm also interested in learning more about the mansions in Tokyo and Euro Disney.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your site!!! I would love to see more of Marc Davis's art and anything on Rolly Crump.

10:03 AM  
Blogger nojarama said...

I love everything you share with us. Thanks for all your great work!

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed your posts, sometimes going far, far back to re-read them. I personally enjoy the insider info, the behind the scenes photos, the views unavailable to the casual visitor, as well as the overlooked items, the details missed when whizzing by in a Doombuggy. I especially appreciated how you assisted over on MiceChat in proving the DL Mansion opened a day before its official birthday. All in all, GREAT JOB!

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot, more junk from the attic! They have so much stuff there, it can't all be random.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Love what you are doing. Your posts are totally original. I'm always interested in stuff that is not as common on the web, Phantom Manor, and anything that has been removed.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally would love more media about Madame Leota, and the Attic Bride. Not..Constance... but the old Bride. Those two were my favorites!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about that--I check religiously to see the interesting items you post about my favorite dark ride. I love the pictures, and would love to see more of the Mansion in the daylight--mechanics of the different bits that make up the attraction. Thank you again for a wonderful blog!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

While everything you post is great, I always look forward to anything about Constance! I also enjoy information about the different Mansions around the world.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love checking in almost weekly to see what's new. You have worked up a tremendous blog here and you've presented me with a stream of remarkable detail over these last many months. I really appreciate your efforts!!

I suppose part of enjoying someone else's blog is taking the time to say so from time to time and too many of us have been remiss in doing that. Sorry. I really do LOVE what you give to us!!

I love most of all the behind-the-scenes photos that I've seen here and on other sites. Anything that explores the behind-the-scenes workings or the plans for same is always of topmost interest to me.


7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just amazed that on a more or less regular basis you reveal new and unique information about the Haunted Mansions of the Disney parks that I haven't seen anywhere else... (even at the authoritative!)

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I love the most about your site is that you have things that can't be found anywhere else. I really enjoy seeing the small details and would appreciate seeing more,especially from angles the rider can never see. I really enjoy the behind the scenes photos and love the early concept art. I'd love to see more ideas that didn't make it (and aren't in the HM books and websites!!
You are awesome!!!!!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would like to see more about the Phantom Manor (my personal favorite) and the Haunted Mansion in Tokyo.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, GRD.

I just saw this post, so sorry for writing in late. First, I wanted to comment about the talking paintings. I wish they would try that effect out, though, the hallways can get so loud when they are packed people wouldn't hear most of it.

It cracks me up he had Guy Fawkes on there. As a big V for vendetta fan, I rarely think of him as a terrorist or bad guy.

Second, I love all of the rare and obscure media you have that most other people don't. I have such a huge collection of Haunted Mansion sites bookmarked, but most have many of the same pictures. I especially love desktop sized stuff.

Thanks for keeping it spooky,

12:52 PM  
Blogger Datameister said...

I always enjoy your postings! (It's Datameister from MiceChat. =D) I'm an especially big fan of backstage type stuff, as I think you're well aware of at this point, but historical photos and concept art and just about anything else HM-related is great. I know what you mean about lack of comments being annoying! =P

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see more stuff from the attic, more WDW, and more Tokyo...but, in all honesty, I think you do a great job of posting a variety of stuff that keeps us all very interested!

7:42 AM  
Blogger Gina Draker STUDIO said...

I love your blog! Being a Disneyland history buff, an artist/sculptor, and a dedicated Walt Disney aficionado, I am enthralled to see such online informational blogs as yours. Thanks also for asking - as I would really like more about Leota Toombs/Thomas. Do you have any photos or media of her working at WED? with Walt? or otherwise...?

Also, do you have anything more about Mary Blair, John Hench and Blaine Gibson?

Thanks again! and keep up the ghoul - er, I mean, good work!

God Bless~

12:39 PM  
Blogger disneyfreak said...

I Love your site!! The Haunted Masion is my favorite attraction in any theme park anywhere. Any idea at why the vending area is so weak at Haunted Mansion. It's a let down after doing through the ride. Disney is usually so good at continuing the attraction out into a vending area, I am surprised that they haven't captured the momment and done more than just a cart in WDW that sells merchandise unrelated to the attraction. I can imagine them selling T shirts with the silhouette of the mansion on the front with "I survived the Haunted Mansion" on the reverse as well as selling pictures of the guests in the doom buggy with their hitch hiking ghost!! There is a lot they could do.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I just want to say that this is probably the best, and only, awesomely-detailed Haunted Mansion blog on the internet. Seriously. People who have been fans of the Haunted Mansion ever since they were a kid are just happy to be reading this blog. So thanks a million from all of us!

I would REALLY love to see more of Marc Davis' concept art of Changing Portraits. There are just so many! What makes me sad is that I'll probably never be able to see all of them before I die, no pun intended. But if you can uncover some of them in your later posts (like the Witch of Walpurgis) that'll be so great. Thanks again!

8:54 AM  

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