Wednesday, October 05, 2011

1967 Journey Through POTC, Pt. 3

Today concludes our journey through the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in New Orleans Square, circa 1967. This particular scene is one of my very favorites, especially because it is a perfect example of Marc Davis' talent with creating characters as well as a memorable gag.

This bloke forever involved in a comic pistol duel has seen a few hair and wardrobe changes over the years.

Are polka-dots really ok for a pirate?

In Orange County (California, that is!) News, the first Disneyland President, Jack Lindquist, will be the speaker and guest of honor at the Oct. 13th meeting of the Orange County Historical Society. He will speak, take questions from the audience, and sell & sign his memoir, In Service to the Mouse, with book proceeds benefiting The Orange County Historical Society. The program will begin at 7:30pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., in Orange. The program is open to the public, free, and will include light refreshments.

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Major Pepperidge said...

I still vividly remember that the "Wonderful World of Disney" had a brief clip of the pirate on the cannon, and it always made me wish I was on that ride!

JG said...

I always was afraid for the guys in the jail cell, facing a horrible death by fire if they couldn't persuade the dog.

Later, i decided that their friends in the next scene would have rescued theme anyway.

I was never quite sure how episodic the scenes were, obviously we are progressing through time, since the auctioneer figure used to be the captain of the ship, and I think some (original) characters were repeated in different scenes. So maybe these guys are in the finale, shooting off muskets in the background.


Davelandweb said...

I always felt that POTC (and the Mansion) were meant to be individual scenes, not necessarily telling an episodic tale. I also felt that the use of the same facial sculpt was a matter of economics, not a designation of the same character. Just my 2 cents! This (again, just personal opinion) is why I think when the recent batch of Imagineers try so hard to tie things together in the Mansion and POTC with new elements, that the final effect falls flat.

stu29573 said...

I agree with you, Dave, and the evidence seems to support it. In Jason Surrell's book about the Haunted Mansion, he spends a lot of time covering the fact that although there were several stories kicked around, in the end one wasn't chosen and the "retirement home for spooks" became the official backstory (I have an original SOP that varifies this). One can only imagine that the same holds true for Pirates, since they are close first cousins, sharing the same story and design team (most notably X. Atencio and Marc Davis)

A Snow White Sanctum said...

Thanks for posting Dave. Love the vintage verse contemporary photo comparisons.