Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Mickey & Minnie Mouse: Evolution of a Costume
Many have noted how off-model and scary looking the original Disneyland costumes were for the animated characters. Shot #1 shows where they came from: The Ice Capades. For opening day, these were the costumes seen in the park and on TV sets all across the country. Yes...somewhat unsettling!
Here, comedian Jerry Colonna attempts to make a connection between this little boy and Scary Minnie!
This undated shot shows some progress (the slats above the mouth are gone), but Minnie still looks extremely freakish!
By 1960, even more improvement is visible, despite the fact that Minnie appears to have had an overly agressive eye-brow lift!
This February 1962 shot of Mickey is really odd; looks like the California heat may have melted the poor guy’s face:
Minnie looks more like she stepped out of Munchkinland in this 1962 photo:
UPDATE: I saw a comment over on reddit.com by Vertical Event about how he "hated" that this post jumped from 1962 to 2010. Stupidity like that makes me wonder why I bother doing this. However, for every moron, there are at least a few hundred cool peeps that I hear from. And yet, I took the moron's comment to heart and improved this post. Hopefully it will help purge the hate from his heart.
From my first visit in 1970:
From August 1977:
The Fab Four in 1988:
By 2010, the characters added the ability to blink (well, in Florida at least; compared to these vintage shots, you can see just how far they have come.
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