You’ve wandered into the topsy-turvy world of Tulgey Wood, the blog of writer and historian Jim Fanning. Tulgey Wood celebrates artistry and creativity (and sometimes just plain madness): movies, animation, TV, books, comics—and of course Disney, lots and lots of true-blue, through-and-through Disney, including D23 and Disney twenty-three Magazine, and Sketches Magazine and the Walt Disney Collectors Society. Tulgey Wood is so fun, fascinating and full of frolicsome photos and facts, it’s scary. So wander through the wonder of it all, and enjoy.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Epcot At 35: That Krazy Koo-Koo Kitchen Kabaret

One of the original attractions in Epcot® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort on its Opening Day, October 1, 1982, Kitchen Kabaret was an Audio-Animatronics® show—there were 25 characters in all, making up “the most unusual cast of incredible edibles this side of the refrigerator"—at The Land. Does this well-remembered attraction (it closed in 1994) fit in with our Countdown to Halloween 2017? Just take a look at the mutant monsters on the cover of Disney News magazine, Winter 1985.  Actually, this is the Colander Combo and Fiesta Fruit combo. Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit, anyone? 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bewitching Bayeux For Bedknobs And Broomsticks

As part of our Countdown to Halloween 2017, we turn to the bewitching witchery of Bedknobs and Broomsticks. As noted here, October is Bedknobs month, and Disney's musical fantasy premiered on this day, October 7, in 1971. Below is the interior of the elaborate quasi-parchment-like invitation to the pre-release screenings, (This particular screening was held in Atlanta, Georgia.) The art was adapted from the film's titles, designed by David Jonas based on the famed 11th century Bayeux Tapestry.  (Click on the image for a larger view.) 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Three Little Wolves Minus Two

Cover dated November 1937 (meaning it was on the stands for Halloween of that year), this issue of the classic Mickey Mouse Magazine features one of the Three Little Wolves, introduced in the Silly Symphony of that title released in 1936. Sons of the Big Bad Wolf, the smaller members of the predatory pack inspired one of my favorite Disney characters, Li'l Bad Wolf (who of course is actually a very well-behaved and kindhearted little wolf).  This little wolf may be bad but he's pretty good at using autumn leaves to decorate both his pumpkin and himself. Hope this festive fall cover puts you in a October from of mind. It's part of the Countdown to Halloween 2017 blogathon here at Tulgey Wood.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween Fun Times In McDonaldland

The Countdown to Halloween 2017 continues: Home to such questionable characters as the Hamburgler and Captain Crook and such don't-get-too-close landmarks as Triple Thick Shake Volcano and Filet-O-Fish Lake, McDonaldland is the natural habitat of some Halloween horrors—but in the gentle spirit of this fast-food fantasyland, it's all in silly fun. The McDonald's publication, McDonaldland Fun Times (A magazine Especially for Children) celebrated the spooky season in 1984, with Ronald, Birdie, one version or another of the Hamburger and the Goblins gathered around a glowing jack-o-lantern. A version of the magazine is still being published today. Below is the Halloween issue from 2016. It's a nice publication but wouldn't the times be even more fun if it included the original McDonaldland characters?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse

Here's a tricky treat I picked up at Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Park, which does tend to have some nightmarishly delightful Halloween merchandise. On one side of this Mickey Mouse door-hanger banner is Merry Halloween Mickey in jack-o-lantern orange wishing everyone "Happy Halloween". On the other side, the dark side, is a extra-spooky Personally, I display the orange side October 1-30th, and turn the banner over to its purple side on October 31st. Either side displayed at any time is a Halloween winner,of course, because you can't go wrong with Mickey.  Come on back to Tulgey Wood for more Countdown to Halloween 2017 fun all through October. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monster Cereals Make Their Weird And Welcome Return

Creepy and comical, sweet and spooky, the Monster Cereals have made their return for Halloween 2017. There's no classic "retro" art from the original cereal boxes as seen on the editions first released in the 1970s (Count Chocula and Frankenberry were both introduced in 1971 as General Mills's answer to Quaker Oats' Cap'n' Crunch and Quisp/Quake line) nor are Fruit Brute nor Yummy Mummy anywhere to be seen, but we'll take what we can get. The cereals were first spotted by Madd Matt at Dinosaur Dracula on August 5, 2017. Now that's getting a jump on Halloween! One of the most fun aspects of General Mills' 2017 campaign is the inclusion of the other Big G cereal mascots like Lucky the Leprechaun from Lucky Charms getting in the October spirit by dressing up in costumes for the Monster's Bash. Check out the delicious photos ( loaded with "sweeties") below; the first one in line is courtesy of Dinosaur Dracula, meaning that I stole it). They are all part of the Countdown to Halloween 2017 here at Tulgey Wood.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Donald S. Pumpkins

This spooky-season Tony Strobl cover for Disney's flagship comic-book title, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories (# 278, October 1958) utilizes a favorite Halloween theme in a unique way. And Donald's frequent comic-cover co-star, a certain trio of identical ducklings, are conspicuous by their absence. Pop by for more jack-o-lanterns and other October delights all this month in our Countdown to Halloween 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

It's The Month For Monsters On TCM

Like last year, this October, Turner Classic Movies is screening monster movies all month. And like last year, TCM is showcasing a Monster of the Month instead of the network's usual Star of the Month. This year it's Dracula, and TCM will be showing almost every Dracula film made, from the imperishable Universal flicks to the later, slicker Hammer color flicks. Plus classic monsters of every stripe along the way. See the TCM website for details.  This announcement is part of Tulgey Wood's Countdown to Halloween 2017. Be sure and check out all the participating blogs--and come back here all through the spooky season.

Welcome To The Countdown To Halloween 2017

It's time to start the Countdown to Halloween 2017. To regular visitors—my, don't you have a cute/scary/beautiful costume this year. If you don't have a costume, you're still welcome to have a treat or two. To new visitors—Tulgey Wood is full of surprises, treats and even a few spooky tricks, so I hope you enjoy wandering through the mad happenings. To get the Countdown ticking, here's a rare seasonal cover of the Yosemite Sam comic boon (aka Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunnyaka Yosemite Sam (and Bugs Bunny), aka Is Yosemite Sam a Pirate or a Cowboy?) Issue #55, cover dated September 1978, portrays Bugs getting the upper hand over Sam through the use of a clever mask. (Ironic given that Sam always wears a mask.) The fact that Bugs may not get any candy in his trick-or-treat (or, as the bag actually reads, "Trick For Treat) sack indicates that, as per usual, he'd rather get Sam's goat than obtain the ostensible goal. Either that, or he will just take all the candy now that he has scared Sam away.  I hope this unexpected treat starts things off right in your goodie bag, and also inspires you to come back every day this month as Tulgey Wood marches in this Halloween parade of a blogathon for the sixth consecutive year.  Be sure and visit the other blogs participating in this Halloween blogathon. These "crypt keepers' are giving out the best candy this year so be sure and knock on their doors. (But be aware that some of these blogs focus on the more horrific side of this holiday, and may also include strong language and mature themes.)  Most of all, be sure and stop by throughout the month right through October 31st itself as we Countdown to Halloween 2017 here at Tulgey Wood. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Epcot At 35

Tomorrow, October 1, starts the celebration of 35 Years of Epcot. D23 will have plenty of fun and informative looks inside the history of this unique Disney park, but to start things off here in Tulgey Wood, I present this wonderfully designed "teaser" bumper sticker. The 21st Century started on October 1, 1982, so stay tuned for more looks back to Epcot from the actual 21st century.