As I was sketching today’s Halloween countdown, I couldn’t help but notice the disparity between Imagineering’s Hitchhiking Ghosts and the original Marc Davis sketch.
1. Line of Action- Marc’s hitchhikers have a strong leftward lean, communicating the story point that they wish to travel, with the viewer, in that direction. These hitchhikers are energetic and engaging to the viewer. Imagineering’s hitchhikers, however, are stagnant and inert. They don’t seem particularly eager to be picked up.
2. Shape- Marc’s hitchhikers are three simple graphic shapes, which make them appealing and iconic. Their bottom-heavy designs lend a sense of weight, with their heads tapering to a point like arrows pointing down the road toward their intended destination (again, motivation). Imagineering’s hitchhikers lack any real character design or caricature beyond basic human anatomy. Nothing about their shape is helping to tell the story.
3. Silhouette- any viewer can tell, even at a distance, that Marc’s ghosts are hitchhikers. The thumbs are clear to read, and each ghost is looking the viewer square in the eye, imploring for a ride. Even the prisoner ghost’s ball-and-chain are neatly framed within his silhouette for a clear read. Imagineering’s ghosts are a mess; there is no particular eye-direction, the thumbs are lost within their silhouette, and props aren’t handled with any special significance (the middle hitchhiker’s hat isn’t even coming directly off the top of his head).
When you’re designing for screen or stage, keep the story and the viewer in mind. Think in terms of simple, graphic shapes, and always consider the characters’ motivations.
Shots of the Jungle Cruise with the water removed from the attraction. I did a little color correction to bring up the shadows
To see more pictures and read an amazing article about the construction, check out the post at Passport to Dreams Old and New.
Haunted Mansion Ballroom Dancers Appreciation Post - Haunted Mansion, Disneyland, CA. Note the intense colors of the ghost couples’ clothing. All used to enhance the Pepper’s Ghost effect. I have posted a link to a simple little Youtube video that explains it quite well.
Horizons at EPCOT Center —> Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde, the most advanced desert reclamation complex in the western hemisphere, invites you to explore its wide range of career possibilities. Mag-LEV express service to Mesa Verde leaves every thirty minutes.
EPCOT pre-opening article.
Cast Members and their families got to tour the park right before it opened to the public. how cool is that?
The very first Seven Dwarfs Mine Train car arrived at Walt Disney World this weekend.
“When I was [designing the Enchanted Tiki Room’s birds,] I had runners to get the feathers. […]
“The guys loved that assignment because when they went to Hollywood Fancy Feathers, that’s where the strippers got their feathers. They would love me to send them down there and they’d come back and tell me who they’d seen.
“One time they came back, one of them said they saw a stripper and her mother—and they were both strippers!”Harriet Burns, Imagineer
And there you have it. Disneyland was a place where parents could have as much fun as their children, and so was the strip club near Hollywood Fancy Feathers.
I want to ride this! Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland—-
I really love this place.