Program Alert: More Treasures from the Disney Vault on TCM

This Sunday, March 15, brings the second wave of Disney programming on Turner Classic Movies, or TCM as we usually call it, in their “Treasures from the Disney Vault” series.

This time around, the schedule includes “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” which of course is very fitting, since St. Patrick’s Day is two days later. Also included is the episode of the Disney television series “I Captured the King of the Leprechauns,” which features Walt Disney and Pat O’Brien giving a bit of backstory to Darby O’Gill. I have always enjoyed that show every bit as much as the movie that it is promoting – an effective way of using television to drum up business for a movie, something that Disney excelled at with their television shows.

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Also included this time around are the short “Babes in the Woods,” the television episode “The Story of the Animated Drawing,” and the swashbuckling “The Fighting Prince of Donegul.”

But one of the other highlights of the evening is the recent documentary “Walt and El Grupo,” which examines the trip that Walt Disney and several of his artists made to South America, resulting in the movies “Saludos Amigos” and “The Three Caballeros.” And even better, “Walt and El Grupo” is preceded in the evening by “The Three Caballeros,” too.

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Be sure to watch or set your DVR! For more information, check out the Treasures from the Disney Vault page on the TCM website.

Episode 28: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the internet, Beyond the Berm returns!

To begin Episode 28, Matt asks a series of interesting questions about some of our favorite things, and we discuss our answers. How do our favorites compare to yours? Listen in to find out, and then let us know if you agree or disagree.

Next, Steve tells about some of the small touches at Disney that he enjoys, and Matt adds some of his own as well. Because it is the little things that make a difference, after all.

And then we talk for a bit about the recent passing of Diane Disney Miller, Walt and Lillian Disney’s older daughter, and we talk about the impact she has made over the last several years.

As we go along, we talk of traditions, tell some funny stories, and try not to talk too much about Christmas. Because Thanksgiving is still just around the corner, after all.

Come join us for Episode 28!

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Photos from the Reagan Library – Part 1

I mentioned in Episode 3 that I would be sharing some of the photos I took of the D23 Treasure of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here on the blog.  Below are some of the items that guests visiting the collection will see (click on each image for a larger view):

Treasures EntranceThe entrance to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit features busts of Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney — fitting considering the venue and subject matter.

Steamboat Willie ScriptThe script from Steamboat Willie features illustrations made by Ub Iwerks and descriptions of each scene typed by Walt Disney.

Stuffed MickeyThe plush Mickey Mouse doll used by Walt Disney for promotional photographs of the inaugural run of the E.P. Ripley at Disneyland in June of 1955.  I guess because I had always seen the plush in black-and-white photographs, like the one hanging next to the doll, it never occurred to me that it would actually dressed so colorfully.

Walt's Formal OfficeA panoramic view of Walt Disney’s formal office using a new photo option on the iPhone.  This office used to be on display with Walt’s working office at the Walt Disney Story on Main Street at Disneyland for many, many years.  The working office is now on display at the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

NautilusA 12-foot-long “miniature” special effects model of the Nautilus from the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  This thing was both massive and impressive for its scale and level of detail.

Model TThe Model T Ned Brainard flew to Washington D.C. using Flubber power in the 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor.

King Brian's CrownThe crown of King Brian of Knocknasheega, as worn by actor Jimmy O’Dea, in Darby O’Gill and the Little People.  This is one of my favorite Disney films of all time so it was exciting to see a prop from the movie on display.

Emelius Browne's Display CaseProps from the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, including Emelius Browne’s magician display case, book of spells, “Isle of Naboombu” cloth book and the bedknob.  I’ve always enjoyed this film and this display just struck me as the perfect example of the collection of treasures that do exist in the Walt Disney Archives.

The tour continued with displays from more contemporary films and the theme parks. Check out photos from that part of the exhibit in the following post by clicking here.

-Matt