Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mae West: Audio-Animatronic

Early ideas for Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World had included an old-fashioned and amusingly decrepit thoroughfare where a carload of Keystone Kops would have occasionally raced down Hollywood Boulevard in search of crooks, and MAE WEST (clad in elaborate 1890s daywear) would have paraded through these precincts arm-in-arm with W.C. Fields in a top hat. An illustration of this scene appears in "The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World" (Disney Editions, July 2010) — — as well as on this post.
• • • • An Audio-Animatronic Mae West • • • •
• • Jim Hill's illustrated review of this 128-page paperback notes several interesting detours on the road to construction. For instance, Mr. Hill writes: If the guys at WDI had gotten to build the version of this studio theme park that they had originally pitched to Michael Eisner, the Keystone Kops would have been all over Disney's Hollywood Studios. They would have starred in a slapstick stunt show for that theme park. Not to mention being prominently featured in a sequence for "The Great Movie Ride" that was to have paid tribute to Hollywood's comedy legends. Which (as you'll see in Gene Johnson's concept drawing for this proposed scene here) was to have had an Audio-Animatronic carload of Kops rolling past AA recreations of Mae West, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. ...
• • Artwork: Concept drawing by Gene Johnson featuring MAE WEST, et al. Copyright 2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved
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• • Article: "Imagineering Field Guide goes in for a close-up on Disney's Hollywood Studios"
• • By: Jim Hill [for Jim Hill Media — —]
• • Published on: 11 August 2010

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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • as an AA • •
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