Sunday, March 25, 2018

Storybook Land, April 1969

It's Sunday - time to unload some of the scans that are barely worth opening your eyes for. These are all from the Storybook Land Canal Boats.

Geppetto's village was always one of my favorite scenes - I wanted to shrink down to Jiminy Cricket size and stroll along the cobblestone lane through those German Expressionist buildings. The snow has been especially heavy this year, those miniature mountains are impassable until the Spring melt. 

To our left are windmills, chateaus, cottages, and of course the fantastic pink castle perched high on that rocky promontory.

After hearing about the pumpkin coach that was added at some point, I always look for it. And there it is! It looks like somebody left a tangerine on the path.

This is an excellent view of the back of a kid's head. And it's a not-so-great view of Toad Hall, and Ratty's house along the shore. 


Nanook said...

I never let the heavy snows cramp my style - I simply 'float above it all' on the Skyway. And I think scientists have determined that's no tangerine rolling its way along the path, but rather a mandarin orange-!

Thanks, Major.

Melissa said...

What a cool effect, with the Matterhorn behind the little snow-capped mountains! Very clever!

Chuck said...

"Look at the size of that boy's heed. I'm not kidding, it's like an orange on a toothpick. Well, that's a huge noggin. That's a virtual planetoid. Has it's own weather system. HEED! MOVE!"

While that melon's partially obscuring our view of Toad Hall and its gardens, you can make out Ratty's boat, tied up to the bank between the Hall and the other canal boat, at about 70-75° N latitude on that cranium. That's always been one of my favorite details of a place full of favorite details.

"German Expressionist buildings." Next time I ride at night, I'll imagine a tiny mob of torch-and-pitchfork-wielding villagers marching to the old mill to burn it to the ground with that unholy monster inside. Boy, will they be surprised to find Arendelle there instead. (I hope they burn it to the ground anyway.)

Patrick Devlin said...

I don't remember which book I saw it in first but that view over the mountains toward the Matterhorn has always been a favorite of mine, too, Melissa.

Great quote there, Chuck, though it took me a minute to remember where it was from...

Jonathan said...

Can't get enough of pics taken in Storybook Land. I love the attention to detail and also would love to shrink to Lilliput size and walk the streets. I also love the original attractions best. Thanks Major for the float down nostalgia canal.

Melissa said...

Storybookland always makes me think of The Borrowers Aloft.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, the Skyway is definitely the way to go! Talk about traveling in style.

Melissa, I have never been 100% clear on whether that was intentional, or a happy accident.

Chuck, I think I need to watch “So I Married An Axe Murderer” again. I love those old expressionist horror movies - I like to imagine a tiny Nosferatu creeping around the shadows! Even at 5 inches tall, he’d still be scary.

Patrick Devlin, I didn’t notice it… it had to be pointed out to me by one of GDB’s readers in the comments!

Jonathan, you are welcome. As the years go by, I value these original attractions more and more; let’s hope Storybook Land stays around for another 60 years.

Melissa, OK, first I need to catch up on Russian classic literature, and then read the Borrowers books!

Alonzo P Hawk said...

@Chuck you're gonna give the poor boy a complex. He'll have to go cry himself sleep on his giant pillow.