Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Once Upon a Time TV props on display at Disney's D23 Expo 2013...

Everything in Hollywood is cyclical, and just as superheroes were having their moment to shine (and shine), so too were fairytale movies and TV shows making a comeback a couple of years ago. Once Upon a Time saw beloved characters from fables and folklore return to the small screen in October 2011 in a new series which saw these fairytale folk robbed of their real memories by a curse and transported to the real world to a seaside town called 'Storybrooke'.

Screen-used TV props from Once Upon a Time
Original Once Upon a Time TV props
Once Upon a Time storybook prop
Once Upon a Time Rumplestiltskin dagger prop
Screen-used Once Upon a Time props
Here are a collection of props featured in the TV Show on display at the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at Disney's D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 9, 2013.

Included in the selection of screen-used props was the storybook that played a prominent role in the series first season (used by Jared Gilmore as 'Henry'), plus the baby blanket of 'Emma Swan' (the daughter of 'Snow White' and 'Prince Charming') that she was wrapped in when her parents tried to save her from the curse by sending her to our world.

In addition there was an iconic fairytale poisoned apple used by the 'Evil Queen Regina' (Lana Parrilla), the 'bean necklace' worn by Jorge Garcia as the giant 'Anton' in the second season and probably the most impressive, 'The Dark One's' dagger which grants immense arcane power and knowledge to whoever's name is inscribed on the blade, in this case 'Rumplestiltskin' (played by Robert Carlyle).

Once Upon a Time season one TV poster
Once Upon a Time season 1 poster
If you like these cool original props, be sure to stick around in the days to come to see some fantastic costumes featured in the popular ABC television series.

In the meantime you may like to take a look at these Disney Dream Portraits costumes which are also inspired by fairytales.

Buy the series: Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]

Saturday, August 24, 2013

More Mary Poppins costumes and props on display at Disney D23 Expo...

In addition to the two wonderful outfits worn by Julie Andrews as the titular nanny in Disney's 1964 big screen musical, Mary Poppins, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 9, 2013 also had a wonderful selection of lesser seen costumes and props on display.

Mary Poppins screen-worn costumes and original props on display
Mary Poppins costume exhibit Disney D23 Expo 2013
Original Mary Poppins 1964 movie costumes
Original Mary Poppins film props
Mary Poppins costume exhibit Disney D23 Expo 2013
Included in the special Mary Poppins exhibit to commemorate almost fifty years of the iconic musical were original costumes worn by The Banks family that the magical nanny comes to help, including garments worn by the mother and father, and their children 'Michael' and 'Jane'.

Mary Poppins movie poster
Mary Poppins movie poster

Suffragette costume worn by Glynis Johns 
as Mrs. Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins
Mrs Winifred Banks Suffragette costume Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Mrs Winifred Banks Suffragette costume
Mary Poppins Mrs Banks Suffragette Votes for women costume
Mrs Banks Suffragette movie costume Mary Poppins
Mrs. Winifred Banks is a member of the British suffragette movement in 1910 and this is the costume she wears at the start of the movie, whilst her London banker husband wears this jacket relaxing at home.

Jacket worn by David Tomlinson as 
Mr. George Banks in Mary Poppins
The Banks movie costumes Mary Poppins
Mr Banks movie jacket Mary Poppins
Mr and Mrs Banks movie costumes Mary Poppins
Tony Walton was nominated for an Oscar for the Costume Design on the film musical, so be sure to also check out these classic costumes worn by Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins too.

The Banks children costumes worn by Matthew Garber 
and Karen Dotrice in Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins The Banks children costumes
Mary Poppins Jane Banks coat
Mary Poppins Jane Banks costume
Mary Poppins Michael Banks Jolly Holiday jacket
Also on display beside the adult's outfits were clothes worn by the two lead children in the movie who accompany their fantastical caretaker on unbelievable adventures, played by Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice as The Banks siblings.
Mary Poppins magical carpet bag prop
Original Mary Poppins carpet bag prop
Mary Poppins carpet bag prop
Mary Poppins carpet bag film prop
In addition to the costumes, the D23 Expo exhibit also had Mary Poppins seemingly bottomless magical carpet bag on display, which was cool to see up close, like seeing a little piece of Hollywood history.

Actual screen-used Mary Poppins props on display
Original Mary Poppins movie props
Mary Poppins movie props
Other props included were original alphabet nursery blocks used in the movie to spell out Mary Poppins, a jack-in-the-box toy, a St. Paul's Cathedral snow globe used by Julie Andrews and even a chimney sweep brush, probably from the musical's 'Chim Chim Cher-ee' song and dance number.

Be sure to stay tuned for even more fantastic costumes, props and memorabilia on display at this year's Disney D23 Expo in the days to come.

Mary Poppins movie poster
Mary Poppins movie poster
Buy the movie: Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Original Mary Poppins movie costumes worn by Julie Andrews on display...

As we've focused on the Oz movie costume and props in recent days, I thought it only fair to share the spotlight with some other, no less magical costumes, on display at this year's Disney D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 9, 2013. Enjoy these two signature looks from 1964's classic big screen musical worn by Julie Andrews as the titular magical British nanny, 'Mary Poppins'.

Original costumes worn by Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins original film costumes Disney D23 Expo 2013
Original Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday movie costume
Mary Poppins carousel horse props
Original Mary Poppins movie costume
I've seen the knitted scarf adorned outfit on display at Disney's Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at The Reagan Library in July 2012, but hidden away behind a reflective display case. On this occasion I was able to get a much closer look at the wonderfully iconic costume, plus more of Tony Walton's Oscar nominated costume designs, and even some original carousel horse props featured in the movie too.

Mary Poppins movie poster
Mary Poppins movie poster
In the movie set in 1910, when Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke's 'Bert' and The Banks children jump into a chalk-drawn picture, they emerge into a fantasy world of painted backgrounds, fairground carousels, horse-racing and dancing animated penguins, and the actress wears this pretty dress during the 'Jolly Holiday' song.

Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday costume worn by Julie Andrews
Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday costume
Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday costume hat
Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday dress detail
Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday costume detail
Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday shoes
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday costume
Even though the Edwardian outfit is missing her satin waist corset, it's still quite special to see the costume on display with its accompanying hat, ankle boots and parasol. It's also interesting to see that the ribbons and bow detailing on the dress are actually orange and not the pink they appear to be in the movie. Let's face it, who doesn't have fond memories of this classic film musical.

Carousel horse props from Mary Poppins
Original Mary Poppins merry go round horses
Original Mary Poppins carousel horse
Mary Poppins carousel horse props
Mary Poppins carousel horse props
Carousel horses Mary Poppins Disney D23 Expo 2013
Also on display from the Disney vaults were these colourful merry-go-round horses that featured in the movie, imaginatively presented within the exhibit. I believe these are Bert's orange horse and Mary's winning lilac-coloured carousel horse from the horse-racing scene.

Mary Poppins movie poster
Mary Poppins movie poster
When Mary Poppins arrives at The Banks house, so magically flies down from the clouds in this costume holding her special parrot-headed umbrella.

Original Mary Poppins arrival costume worn by Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins arrival costume
Mary Poppins arrival scene costume
Mary Poppins parrot umbrella prop
Mary Poppins arrival costume detail
Iconic Mary Poppins 1964 movie costume
If you're a fan of the actress, be sure to also check out Julie Andrews costume and crown from Disney's The Princess Diaries 2 movie on display.

Stick around in the days to come for a look at even more fantastic cast costumes from the movie, plus original props featured in the musical film too.

Original Mary Poppins World Premiere Hollywood poster
Mary Poppins World Premiere Graumans Chinese Theatre poster
Buy the movie: Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

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