Monday, September 25, 2017

Carl Barks 1935 Job-Submission Drawings

Renowned artist Carl Barks first applied for a position with the Disney Studio in late 1935. He would go on to have a long career and great success with his Donald Duck comics. Yet back in the beginning, he was young and unknown. With hopes of landing a job, he submitted two drawings to demonstrate his ability--both were Snow White-themed--though nothing like what would eventually be seen in the motion picture. Medium: ink and blue watercolor over graphite. Image areas 11.25" x 8".

Snow White with the dwarfs.

Images and info via Heritage Auctions.

Snow White caught by a giant; five of the dwarfs look to save her.

The two illustrations did the trick! He landing a job as an "in-betweener" in the animation department. In an earlier Archive entry, see the drawings he created for gag suggestions to be used in the Snow White film.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

2004 Random House "Step Into Reading" Book

Friends for a Princess is a Snow White book designed to help young children learn to read. Part of the Random House "Step Into Reading" series. Softcover, 32 pages (not including covers). Dimensions: 6" x 9". Published in 2004.

Illustrations and text copyright Disney/Random House 2004. Posted here for historical documentation purposes only.

2001 Read-Along Book & Cassette

It's hard to imagine today, yet it really wasn't that long ago when people still listened to audio cassettes. The technology was dying and on its way out, but the small children's niche continued to hang on for a time. This "Read-Along" Snow White 24-page booklet and cassette tape date from 2001. They were designed to build vocabulary and encourage independent reading in youngsters. ISBN: 0763419559. Sealed in blister pack.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

1980s Snow White Figurines by Wade

Circa 1938, Wade Potteries of England issued a set of ceramic Disney Snow White figurines (see earlier Archive entry). Many years later, from 1981 to 1986, they would produce another. These newer pieces were designed by artist Alan Maslankowski. Brightly painted with a glossy finish. They range between 3-4" in height.

Manufacturer stamp on bottom.

A point of sale store display with markings to indicate where to position the figures.

In the previous post, see the 2009 non-Disney set of Snow White of figurines by Wade.