Friday, February 27, 2015

Ornament Review: 1939 - Disney Studio Opens in Burbank - Moments that Made Disney #5 - 2014 Disney Store Ornament



Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Another great looking ornament commemorating a Disney milestone
Cons: Can think of one thing that would have been more fun
The Bottom Line:
New, permanent home
Creates much Disney magic
That’s remembered here




Mickey’s Ready to Yell Lights! Camera! Action! at the New Studios

Up through the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Walt Disney was renting space for his artists to work.  And they were working in various nearby buildings.  That’s why Disney took the profits from his first film and put them into a new permanent studio space in Burbank – space the company is still using.  This is the event commemorated in the fifth Moment that Made Disney ornament from The Disney Store, appropriately enough entitled Disney Studio Opens in Burbank.

The ornament shows Mickey as director at the new studio.  He’s dressed in brown and tan with a tan cap on his head.  He’s sitting in a director’s chair and is holding a megaphone.  He’s smiling and all ready to yell for the action to start.

This had to be a hard ornament in the series to create.  Yes, it was a milestone for Disney, so it should have been included.  However, how exactly do you mark the occasion?  A building would just be boring.  I must admit that a replica of the street signs that have popped up every so often on behind the scenes specials would have been fun.  But that’s about the only thing I can think of that would top this.  Yes, Walt often referred to the studio as the studio that Snow White built, but as he also said, it all started with a mouse.  Somehow, I can picture Mickey directing animation; heck, I’d love to see what he’d come up with.

As with the others in the series, the details are great.  There aren’t quite as many of them, but it is fun to look at the ornament.  And somehow, Mickey dressing in brown makes him appear more serious than normal, which is appropriate for his new job as director.  Even the grin on his face doesn’t completely diminish that look.

The ornament sits on a circular base, meaning you can leave it out all year long in a Disney display.  In this case, the circle is silver and there is a star under Mickey’s chair.  It’s just enough to invoke a bit more of a Hollywood feel, which really adds to the ornament.

The Disney Store has included a red ribbon for hanging the ornament on your tree.  The ribbon attaches to a loop in the top of Mickey’s head, and he hangs perfectly straight.  As with other ornaments that Disney has created, it’s a little larger and heavier than your typical ornament, so plan placing it on your tree accordingly.

Like most DisNerds, I would love to tour the Disney studio some time.  So much magic has come from that place.  Disney Studio Opens in Burbank is a great way to commemorate the opening of a place that has created so many wonderful stories.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Moments that Made Disney series.

Original Price: $19.95

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