Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Showdown at Castle Court...

From the early 70s Walt Disney World pictorial souvenirs, comes this, one of the strangest, most memorable images ever to grace the interior of one of those little treasure troves of Disney photography...

Fantasyland was never quite the same... after Dixie-Leigh rode into town!

It may be just a photograph of a kid facing down a dwarf, you say, but I say: look closer. The strange distance. The slanting shadows. The Stimmung. What unspoken past history lies between these two? Is the child here to avenge her family? Is it pistols at dawn? So much of early Walt Disney World photography is memorably opaque such as this, photographs just suggestive enough of some unspoken larger context that you'll always remember, say, the cool guy speeding past a blurry Contemporary Resort in his Grand Prix racecar - the wind in his afro - or the girl walking, all alone through Frontierland, tentatively tugging down the edges of her massive gift shop Sombrero. The old guy, leaning out of a Persianesque window in the heart of old Adventureland, to admire a "Magic Carpet". Or the Dad with the thick rimmed glasses - who looks like Gene Hackman - spinning merrily in a yet-to-be-covered Mad Tea Party. They're strange and memorable and sort of dopey, just like real guests at Walt Disney World still are.

So go ahead. Write your own caption for this immortal bit of early Walt Disney World weirdness I affectionately call Child Vs. Dwarf.

You know you want to.

12 comments:

philphoggs said...

* Hey buddy I got a great idea for an Eastern Airline commercial..

* Would someone tell Mongello to stop challenging the guest

* This attraction better not be closed for my future enjoyment!

* No really Ralph, we thought you wanted to stay in Shipshewana.

DeeJay said...

"I'm giving you 10 seconds to draw dwarf, and when I say draw I mean pistols, not ink and paper."

But seriously, I always thought the man in the uncovered tea cup picture looked just like Gene Hackman too!

Chris Stangl said...

"When he reached the other side of the bridge, the phantoms came to greet him."

Citizen Carroll said...

"No, you don't, Sleepy! Sleepy, no, you don't!"

or

"Stand Aside, Sleepy."

BK said...

"reach for the skyyyyyyyy!"

George Taylor said...

Maybe that's how character meet and greets were in the early days of the Vacation Kingdom.

You had to prove your worth to the character by staring them down before you could approach. Sort of like approaching a hippogriff.

Or not...

Paul M. Carhart said...

"This kingdom ain't big enough for the two of us."

ataylor23 said...

2319! 2319!!!!
or

Hey Grumpy, it's your turn. I am NOT changing another post-buffet diaper.
or

You must purify yourself in the waters of Lake Buean Vista. (sorry Prince fans)

Anthony said...

"Turns out Patience was a little short on her eponymous virtue... Happy, the dwarf certainly wasn't."

Dustin said...

Citizen Carroll, that's got to be one of the most unexpected allusions to The Searchers on record. I love it.

Omniluxe said...

"Wait a second - I thought dwarfs were supposed to be about THIS tall."

Kev D. said...

I don't know what Mommy put in my milk this morning, but I'm FREAKING OUT, man.