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The Snow Show

outfit details – skirt + hairbow: H&M // blazer: Living Doll (Crossroads Trading Co. find) // dress: BeBop // belt: Xhileration // boots: Steve Madden // necklace: Once Upon a Smorgasbord (buy similar here) // glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy here)

Since Tim and I both had Monday off, we headed to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to check out the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic exhibit. The show consisted of original concept art from the film and I’m such a nerd for that kind of stuff! Well, I’m a nerd for pretty much anything Disney, but I digress. Concept art from Disney movies are absolutely stunning, so it was an amazing experience to be able to see some of these sketches up close and personal. The details on some of them are incredible — if you look close enough you can see each pencil stroke the artist did and see just how hard they pressed their pencil against the paper.

I also got to learn a few things about the film that I never even knew about (and I know a lot about Disney)! Though Snow White is a beloved classic family film, Walt Disney originally intended that the movie be for adults. He told a journalist, “Before seven or eight, a child shouldn’t be in a theater at all. But I didn’t make the picture for children. I made it for adults — for the child that exists in all adults.”

Upon learning that Snow White was originally created for adults, I now understand why it scared me sh!tless as a child! I still like to refer to Snow White as my favorite “scary movie” or “horror film.” Hell, even the ride at Disneyland scares me! In my defense, it is called Snow White’s Scary Adventure, so… yeah. I think the Evil Queen is absolutely terrifying. Her transformation scene still gives me the heebie-jeebies, and during the exhibit I learned that artists studied the the transformation of Dr. Jekyll in order to truly get the Evil Queen’s done just right.

And of course, I had to dress accordingly to our trip to the museum by wearing the Snow White necklace I made featuring concept art by Gustaf Tenggren, whose art was shown and used on the banners and posters to promote the exhibit (up-close shot of necklace pictured below). I still have a similar one available in my Etsy store 🙂

If you find yourself in San Francisco before the 14th this month, definitely make a trip down to the museum. The show is insanely gorgeous, so definitely check it out if you can!

Cheers,
Nina

out & about

EPICAL EPICNESS: Part Deux

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in San Francisco’s Presidio.

Tim and I have talked about going to The Walt Disney Family Museum for HELLA days since it  opened a couple of years ago in San Francisco. We ended going to Disneyland before we even made it there, which is weird because it’s a lot cheaper and closer to us than Disneyland is. o,O

O hai thar.

The museum is dedicated to Walt Disney’s personal history and included tons of personal artifacts and information about his family, including comics and art he had drawn in his youth, antique jewelry he had given his wife and daughters, his father’s fiddle, part of his miniature collection, awards, etc. It was really interesting to learn about his personal history and humble beginnings. I knew some stuff about him beforehand, but not much. My level of respect for him has gone up a few notches. I a got a bit teary-eyed towards the end as they showed things about his final projects and how he passed away. There was even a wall full of art that printed in newspapers after he died — lots of sad Mickeys and such. 😦

The museum is a bit overwhelming though because there is SO MUCH writing on all the displays — it’s like a 3D history book. And I can’t even remember half of the things I saw! Plus I got really distracted after I realized that some man we were standing behind totally farted on Tim and I when we were looking at a display. We thought the floor creaked, but then it started to smell like poop. I looked at Tim and said, “Did that really happen? Is that what I think it is?” Oi.

I think the standout part of the museum for me was the model of Disneyland. I kid you not, I got a bit teary when I saw it. I just miss Disneyland, okay? 😛

Mary Blair’s helmet and tiles based on her art.

Taking pictures isn’t allowed inside the museum, which I thought really sucked at first, but then people would probably bogart every display and put a damper on the whole experience… but that didn’t stop me from taking pictures of some Mary Blair stuff near the coat check and restrooms! I mean, it was near closing time and no one was down there, sans one lonely janitor.

I am obsessed with Mary Blair’s artwork. She was a concept artist for Disney and worked on Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Little House, and a handful of other full length features and shorts. What she’s most famous for is designing  It’s a Small World. Even if you hate that ride (and if you do, we can’t be friends), you have to admit it’s beautifully designed. And you see that helmet pictured above? It touched Mary Blair’s head. It possesses her DNA. With a healthy ovum, I can grow my own Mary Blair!!! Actually, I don’t know if that’s the real deal or a replica… I was too busy trying to be a rebel and forgot to read the note on the display case. :/

Art by Mary Blair
My loot!

The gift shop was just as overwhelming — I walked away with some Bambi postcards, a Lady & the Tramp button, and a couple of plastic folders imported from the Mary Blair art show in Japan. Afterwards we were hungry as fck, and we still wanted to watch Drive, and I conveniently had some movie passes with me, so we headed to Pleasanton (the halfway mark between San Francisco and Stockton, I guess) and ate some grub, and then got our Gosling-Mulligan-and Hendricks on. But mostly Gosling. *sigh

I’m a really sqeumish person, so I don’t like too much gore — Tim has already seen Drive so I asked if I’d be okay because I heard Ryan Gosling totally smashes some guy with a hammer. He said there was one part, but it wasn’t too bad and that I should be fine. LIES! I had my hands over my face quite a few times, especially during the part where Ryan Gosling’s character just keeps on kicking some dude’s head in. I was like, “OKAY OKAY YOU CAN STOP NOW!” Tim apologized for forgetting about all the bloodbath. But with all the that aside, Drive was a really good movie. The acting, the cinematography, the soundtrack… sigh

Tim and I are currently crushing on Ryan Gosling too (Tim said he has a “bro boner” for him, which sounds way better than “man crush”). And there’s this blog I recently discovered called Ryan Gosling Disneyland Cats — IT’S AMAZING! It’s just a bunch of silly photoshop’d pictures of Ryan Gosling at Disneyland with cats (hence the title of the blog). It inspired me to make this when I got home:

I had way too much fun making this. o__o

And with that, I bid you adieu. >^___^<