Retro Records: Peter And The Wolf LP Narrated By Alec Guinness (1952)

Image and audio courtesy of Kiddie Records Weekly.

Image and audio courtesy of Kiddie Records Weekly.

Back in my youth I listened to a Peter and the Wolf record quite a bit, though mine was the 1969 Walt Disney version…and while I have very fond memories of it I have to say in truth I think this version with Alec Guinness as the narrator is the superior LP. A big thanks to Kiddie Records Weekly for uploading this on their YouTube channel for our listening enjoyment!

Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Board Game (1975)

With today being the birthday for the late great James Mason I made sure to pop in the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea DVD to celebrate. Released by Walt Disney Studios back in 1954, I still find James Mason’s portrayal as the anguished and vengeance seeking Captain Nemo to be the best cinematic interpretation of the character…even though Captain Nemo is supposed to be the son of an Indian Raja.

As I was watching this classic film it got me thinking about a board game that I used to own in my youth, a 3-D game where players each took on the role of Captain Nemo with their own Nautilus. I remembered that the goal was to be the first to navigate your vessel to Vulcania while trying to avoid the gunships that your opponent was using in an attempt to sink you. Each player turned ‘Vulcania’ which controlled the direction the gunships traveled so there always seemed a wonderful element of blind luck in the game.

When your Nautilus was traveling under water you would be safe from the gunships patrolling for you and in exchange for your safety your movement was halved but if you braved the surface of the ocean you could travel much faster…and take the chance that a gunship would shell your mighty vessel of science to a watery grave.

The only thing that would have made this game greater is if they had included a miniature pipe organ to play while you waited for your turn! I want to give a huge thanks to the always impressive Board Game Geek site, especially Scott R. and Eric for the great photos you see above.

Mondo Posters: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea By Ken Taylor!

The good news first, the extremely talented Ken Taylor created this jaw-dropping poster for the fine folks at Mondo for one of their limited edition prints for the month of March.

The bad news now…it sold out within a couple of minutes. Still while those of us that happen to have their living room decorated with all manner of Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea merchandise have been denied this gorgeous art print…the image above does make a wonderful wallpaper for my computer.

The Disney film that was released back in 1954 was my first contact with Jules Verne’s infamous Captain Nemo and the technological marvel that was his home, the Nautilus. As I grew older I always was fascinated by Verne’s antihero and thanks to a kindhearted teacher in Fifth grade I was able to read the classic book for myself and my appreciation for Captain Nemo just continued to grow.

Jean “Moebius” Giraud’s Tron Artwork (1981)

As most comic book fans know, the extremely talented French illustrator Jean Henri Gaston Giraud or Moebius as he was better known passed away earlier this month. While he has left behind a legion of fans it is still sad to realize that we will never see a new sketch or painting by this master.

In 1981 he was hired by the Disney Studios to begin design work for their upcoming SciFi/Video Game film, Tron. A huge thanks to Ian MacEwan for sharing these works by Moebius over at his ‘quenched consciousness” blog.

Here is what appears to be a Lobby Card from Tron for movie theaters…or possibly a book cover?

In this sketchbook illustration it looks like Flynn was originally intended to wear a different kind of helmet.

Dumont for the most part looks like he stayed the same…mostly.

Make sure to follow the link up top to Ian’s blog and check out even more amazing artwork from not just Tron but his other works in Heavy Metal to Blueberry!

Fan Trailer For John Carter Gets The Point Across.

With the upcoming Walt Disney film version of John Carter of Mars set to hit the Silver Screen on March 9th, many fans of the classic literature by Edgar Rice Burroughs have felt the trailers and TV spots that have been presented have not necessarily shown the majesty and importance of the character.

Well, the John Carter Files YouTube Channel decided to help with this fan trailer using the footage already presented in other media. As they say on the posting of the video they are fans of the book and just want to help Disney get as many people as interested in the movie as they can. I like this idea. I LOVE their trailer.

There is a new poster out that I’ve yet to see in theaters around my neck of the woods, thanks to IMP Awards for sharing it.

A big thank you to Ain’t It Cool News for the heads up on this YouTube project.