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D23.com Unlocks Priceless Disneyana
A treasure trove of amazing, never-before-seen Disney content -- from the nostalgic and poignant to the creative, arcane and downright weird -- is now available on D23.com, newly relaunched with free membership access. Check out this exclusive preview of images -- just the tip of the iceberg -- only on ETonline!
Weird Mickey & Minnie Mouse
The 1930s Mickey Mouse Club characters from U.S. and England were home grown, mostly simple costume pieces (buttoned shorts for Mickey, a dotted skirt and hat for Minnie) with leotards and tights, made by a supporter of the club. From the “Weird Disney” feature on D23.com.
Inner Space Adventure
In this rarely seen photo from 1966, Walt Disney, along with Imagineers X Atencio and Claude Coats, view Adventure Thru Inner Space's model with Monsanto's Dr. Charles Allen Thomas and his fellow representatives. From WaltDisneyArchives.com.
Oswald Stencil Set
This stencil set, an early Oswald the Lucky Rabbit consumer product, was sold during the time that the Walt Disney shorts were distributed by Universal Pictures. From the “Characters” section on D23.com.
Early Kermit the Frog
The earliest version of the character that would come to be known as the Muppets’ leading man, uh, frog, first appeared in 1955 as more of a lizard-like, abstract character on Jim Henson’s Sam and Friends Washington, D.C. TV show. From the “Muppetology” feature on D23.com.
Walt Dreams Up New Fun
This never-before-released photo, taken with Walt’s personal camera, show Walt sleeping in the shade on the lawn of his Woking Way home on a state-of-the-art '40s cushion, a book at his side. From the “D’scovered” feature on D23.com.
Walt Disney in Denmark
This never-before-released photo, taken with Walt’s personal camera, show Walt and his family visiting Denmark in June 1951, where this photograph was taken. Walt visited European locations to find inspiration for his own projects. From the “D’scovered” feature on D23.com.
'Star Wars' Vinyl Gem
We all know that Star Wars is now part of the Disney family. Since its founding in the 1950s, the Disneyland Record label brought beloved characters to life for fans of all ages through vinyl records. This 1982 release Droid World was adapted from a popular Marvel comic book story. From the “D’scovered” feature on D23.com.
More 1930s Mickey Mouse Club characters, made by a supporter of the club. Perhaps it's a good thing they're in a cage. From the “Weird Disney” feature on D23.com.