Jess Hutch.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Dizzyland


I spent the weekend at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. I'm not a huge fan of Disney or its characters and products (and I used to work at Pixar, so I've got their kind of Disney angst, too), but I love to visit Disneyland. As a kid I was fascinated (obsessed) with dioramas and miniature environments, and I feel like this has to have something to do with my interest in DL... it's like this incredible, artfully detailed environment in a scale smaller than reality but larger than miniature. If any friend of mine were reading this over your shoulder (creepy!) they'd be saying "not THIS rant again." But I stand by it - as intensely distressing as so many aspects of Disneyland are, I am still mesmerized by the place.


Visitors to Disneyland are obliged to worship at the Temple of Mary Blair, aka It's a Small World. Say what you will about the annoying song, the cutesy kids, the, um, damn song, it's still the Disney product that is the most Mary Blair of all, and for that reason I love love love it.

To the right are two pics I took of the It's a Small World ride. The first is of the outside, which was only recently returned to its original (and superior!) white and gold look. I even love the area where you get on the boats, it's got that early 60s amusement park aesthetic, still! The second shot is of the inside of ride. Lovely!

2 Comments:

At 5:15 PM , Blogger tweezer said...

hi- i just found your site and i gotta say that your toys are so fabulous. i love the bunny and will definitely be making one for easter. do you sell them or just make them for fun? anyhow- that two headed one on your homepage rocks and the robots are awesome.

glad you had fun at disney. haven't been there in about a million years.

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At 11:53 PM , Blogger Snowbear said...

I love taking pictures in here everytime I go--I started a collection! Mary Blair is one of the best.

 

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