Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Mad Hatter, August 1961

Wow, with a head that big, I can only imagine what the Mad Hatter's hat size is. Note the beat-up condition of his oversized chapeau...the poor cast members who wore this costume apparently fell down a lot. Hopefully they had handlers to help them back up (and to prevent hoards of bloodthirsty children from feasting).

One of the Hatter's cheeks also looks like it has seen its share of spackle. Do they still design the big-headed costumes with useless fake arms hanging at the sides? If you look closely at the "window" in the hatband and use a little imagination you can see the vague features of the unfortunate fellow inside.


Chris said...

I love that picture. I would probably rather have my pic taken with this Mad Hatter than the face characters that they have now.

I love your blog. You and Dave have great pictures every day.

Anonymous said...

The Mad Hatter is now a face character. Pooh, the Pigs, and Dwarves, have all been 'upgraded' and no longer have the hard hands.
I believe that the snow men may be the only 'big head' characters still around, but they have live hands. King Louie, while having a proportional head, still has hard hands due to the nature of needing him to have long arms.

Matterhorn1959 said...

I feel sorry for the old style costumed characters. The costumes do not appear to be made for comfort and they definitely lacked the ability to move.

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And big fez...the "snowmen"? Not sure who they are...Christmas parade participants?

thebigfez said...

The snowmen are featured in the Christmas parades. The performer looks through their top hats much like the Mad Hatter (top hat isn't that big, though), but they can use their hands.