Haunted Mansion - Knight

A Knight For A Fright In Disney’s Haunted Mansion

I’ve ridden the Haunted Mansion dozens of times. But one time I rode it was different from any other. I vaguely remember that one of the very first times I rode Haunted Mansion, there was someone in costume that jumped out at you.

Turns out my memory is correct. In the 1980s, Disneyland had a cast member dressed up a knight in armor. They were part of the ride and would jump out at guests.

All images courtesy of DoomBuggies.Com

All images courtesy of DoomBuggies.Com

The wonderful Haunted Mansion site DoomBuggies has an interview with one of the cast members who played the knight.

Want more Haunted Mansion goodies?

Please stop by my pop culture food blog – Between the Pages. I’ve featured tons of cool Haunted Mansion treats.

(One of my favorite posts from Karen’s site is this Hatbox Ghost by Dan Szczepanski – Vic)

Retro Records: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (1969)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was originally released back in 1969. I can’t think of a better way to help get you in the spirit of the Season than listening to this offering.

This particular LP is a bit different than others that Walt Disney produced and released. For one thing it doesn’t feature Bing Crosby’s narration or singing from the 1949 animated short film. This record is narrated by Billy Bletcher and contains two songs. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, the latter sounds like it is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story for this record is an abbreviated version used in the 1949 theatrical short. While I do wish it ran a little longer, I am glad it manages to hit all of the beats of the animated offering. Also while sadly not included on the video below – the LP came with a booklet featuring 11 pages of story and art. For kids to follow along with the record of course.

On the second side of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was another Washington Irving story. Rip Van Winkle. This too was narrated by Billy Bletcher and featured two songs but sadly I’ve not been able to find it online.

So join us on Retro Records as we gather around to hear The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs!

Disney Audio Archive

Now that you’ve enjoyed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow how about we give a listen to Rip Van Winkle?

I already told you that I wasn’t able to locate the second side of the 1969 album. But since we are in the mood for more Washington Irving stories, why not enjoy this Mercury Records version instead?

[Via] Kiddie Records Weekly

Let’s Play The 1979 Black Hole: Space Alert Board Game!

About a week ago, one of my good friends and co-workers at the Arkadia Retrocade sent me some images of a rather retro board game purchase thanks to eBay. As you can see from the image above it was 1979’s The Black Hole: Space Alert game which was produced by Whitman for the Walt Disney company. I did in fact own this back in my youth and had some very fond memories of playing it with my Father so I was totally looking forward to playing the game once again.

It came in awfully quick and last Wednesday when everything started getting quiet at the arcade a group of us decided to crack it open and geek out with some vintage 1979 board game action. Was it everything I remembered? Yes. It was an absolute blast!
Arkadia Retrocade - Vic Sage - The Black Hole
To my left is Luca, then Andrew with his back to the camera, and then the owner of the game, Rhi…you can only see her hand in this image. That will teach her to lean forward next time, right?

I chose the character of V.I.N.CENT…naturally…and Luca chose Dr. Kate McCrae, Andrew picked Lt. Charlie Pizer and Rhi went with Captain Dan Holland. Sadly in the game you can’t play the characters of Dr. Alex Durant (Anthony Perkins) or Harry Booth (Ernest Borgnine). I do remember that back in my youth when I had this game myself I was upset that there weren’t cardboard images of the characters.
The Black Hole - Space Alert - Player Pieces
The game board is quite large which I guess is why it’s made out of paper. For what it is worth Rhi really scored on this purchase, besides just a small amount of water damage the game is absolutely pristine.
The Black Hole - Space Alert - Board
Starting on the Palomino, the Players receive a hand of four cards and take one from the draw pile in attempt to match the symbol on the board or color so they can move forward one space.
The Black Hole - Space Alert - Palomino
The Black Hole - Space Alert - Cards
There are cards featuring Maximillian and the Android soldiers of the villainous Dr. Hans Reinhardt and these will let you take some well placed short cuts…assuming you can pull those cards.
The Black Hole - Space Alert - Paths
Early in the game it looked like V.I.N.CENT and Pizer were going to be the first ones to reach the Space Probe and escape the doomed Cygnus but an incredible amount of bad pulls from the card deck got me stuck on the board for like 6 complete turns.
The Black Hole - Space Alert - Maximillian
The Black Hole - Space Alert - Probe
Before we knew what hit us, Kate using some amazing strategy took the lead – Luca did a great job of thinking ahead, making sure she had the cards she would need to zip across the board. Which brings up a good point about not just this game but I think a lot of the board games that were aimed at younger players back in the day…you needed some strategy as well as a bit of luck. So Holland, Pizer, and V.I.N.CENT watched as Kate boarded the Space Probe and left us to be consumed by the ravenous Black Hole…just kidding…we all know Kate wouldn’t do that, she was just the first one to the probe.

This game was still incredibly fun to play 37 years after it was first released but one of the things that I really was impressed with was the actual card holder with The Black Hole logo imprinted on the plastic. Very late ’70s and early ’80s. It might be a small thing but for some reason it really made me happy to see that.
The Black Hole - Card Holder - Space Alert

Do You Know That Daniel Craig Was In A 1993 Episode of Zorro?!

When I was growing up I was always a fan of comic books. Captain America and Batman being two of my favorites as a kid. So is it any real surprise that when my Father told me about the 1957 Walt Disney Zorro TV series that I totally became interested in all things regarding “Zorro, the fox so cunning and free.”?

[Via] Free Dog Shampoo

Thankfully for myself I was eventually able to see that wonderful TV series when the Disney Channel had one of their free weekends back in the early ’80s. I honestly loved it, Guy Williams (Lost in Space) performance as the leisurely Don Diego de la Vega is fantastic, especially considering his very real athleticism and skill with a blade as Zorro that was on display each episode.

[Via] Board Uploads

So imagine my delight when I learned back in 1990 that the Family Channel was bringing a new Zorro series to television, one that starred Duncan Regehr (Dracula from 1987’s The Monster Squad) as both Don Diego and his costumed alter ego. Batman had come out just a year earlier so the timing was perfect to bring to a new audience Johnston McCulley’s 1919 literary character…one that obviously had an influence in the creation of Batman.

[Via] Zorro2850

Which leads us to this clip from the fourth season episode entitled “Death and Taxes” that originally aired on January 16, 1993 that just happens to feature future James Bond star, Daniel Craig, as the villainous Lt. Hildago.
Zorro - Daniel Craig

[Via] larry

This video says that it’s Daniel Craig’s first role but that actually was in 1992 when he appeared in The Power of One, I also need to point out that in that same year he appeared in the pilot episode of Covington Cross…as a guard on the walkway. At least in that role he didn’t get the sign of the Z carved into his clothing!

Toon In: Watch Jim Cummings Perform 17 Classic Disney Characters!

Welcome back friends to a new installment of Toon In! We are doing something a little different with this offering as we aren’t sharing a classic cartoon but this video spotlight on Jim Cumming, a legendary voice actor with 465 acting credits to his name. Many of them from the vast roster of characters from Walt Disney animated features and television series.

In this video from D23 you will see Jim provide voices from characters such as Winnie the Pooh to Zummi Gummi. So take about two minutes from your busy schedule and treat yourself as you watch a master at work.

Now I absolutely count myself a huge fan of Darkwing Duck but I first learned of Jim Cummings thanks to his work as the speedy Witterquick of the Spectral Knights in the still awesome 1987 animated series Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light!

[Via] Film Gungfu

Perhaps you would like to learn just a little more about Disney’s The Gummi Bears? Well then, why not take a listen to Episode 053 of the Retroist Podcast?

Until then I’ve gotta run..I’m late for work…thankfully I have Witterquick’s Power Staff!
“Sheathe these feet in the driving gale, make swift these legs, o’er land I sail!”