Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Oh boy, it's time for another POSTERAMA

Today's featured vintage attraction poster is for Storybook Land. For me, this is one of the most Disneyland of all posters. "What the hell are you talking about, Major Pepperidge?". Well, the image of fierce Monstro's gaping mouth, on the verge of swallowing a cheerful little canal boat ("Emma"), evokes so much of Fantasyland, not to mention the great early Disney animated classics such as Pinocchio. OK, I admit it, I'm doing a terrible job of articulating what I mean, so you'll just have to go with it.

This particular example is a first printing - first printings have a narrow white border, though I cropped it off in this photo. There is a bit more detail present, sort of a "core shadow" between Monstro's lighter blue highlight and his ultramarine blue body. According to a friend, the word "Fantasyland" is a slightly lighter blue in later printings; I choose to believe him! As with all of the original silkscreened posters, the designer did a great job with only 5 different inks (and the white of the paper). 

I think I only have two more posters to share... enjoy them while you can!


Chiana_Chat said...

I am! Fantasylandastic poster. Gateway to Enchantment. Jonah had it right... who knew?!

(Extra points for the great color text job on 'POSTERAMA'!)

Thufer said...

Thumbs Up! Just a wonderful poster.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Man you must have one huge scanner!!!

Seriously though, your posters look awesome, did you just set it up and snap a picture for these posts? If I tried that it would would look all crooked with funky lighting. Your's looks like it came from the Disneyland art department!!!

Thanks for all the Posterama's! Is there a Disneyland ""Poster" book out there? If not, maybe you should produce one???

K. Martinez said...

VDT, There is a major hardcover book coming out in the fall titled "Poster Art of the Disney Parks" with an introdution by Tony Baxter.

Major Pepperidge said...

Chiana, there is nothing that says "class" more than rainbow lettering!

Thufer, I concur.

VDT, I did set them up and use a tripod, and a slow exposure to reduce grain. Then I use Photoshop to deal with any weird light gradations or dark corners. There is a new book about posters, but for now it is only available at the parks; I think it will be for sale on Amazon in September.

K. Martinez, I should have read your comment first!

K. Martinez said...

Major, I'm glad to hear the poster book is available now at the parks. I'll be visiting Disneyland next week, so I can pick up a copy sooner than expected. Thanks for the new information!

David said...

I've always loved the 50's and early 1960's ad designs, and Disney always had the coolest posters. These are so neat, and would love to have owned them in their original sizes.

Douglas McEwan said...

I've already pre-ordered the book from Amazon, where it is substantially less expensive than at the park. I've always been obsessed with the posters. The 20,000 Leagues Exhibit poster, in a good-sized pricey print I bought years ago at The Disney Gallery back when it was above Pirates of the Carrabean, graces my living room wall, and on my Facebook page I have a gallery of 50 Disneyland attraction posters.

Connie Moreno said...


Melissa said...

I didn't know the Yellow River ran through Disneyland!

Major Pepperidge said...

K. Martinez, I almost want to go to the park just to get a copy! But I am going to wait.

David, those are the very reasons that I started collecting the posters years ago. I'm lucky to have as many as I do, since the sources have basically dried up.

Doug, I have my copy pre-ordered as well!

Connie, thanks!

Melissa, it is A Yellow River, not THE Yellow River.

Anonymous said...

As always, your commentary is spot-on, and your passion for the art is obvious in the details you share...thanks!!

Bill in Denver

Snow White Sanctum said...

Right on. Just 5 different inks, but the image pops!