It's Disney and more 6th Anniversary, and just like last year and the years before i want to thank all of you, Disney and more readers, for your support. Since its 5th anniversary Disney and more has now a Facebook page which started four months ago and is already a huge success with more than 1200 "like", the website itself having between 3000 and 4000 daily visits.
And to celebrate this 6th anniversary i have for you a great Imagineering document, a rare video of the 1990 Phantom Manor recording sessions with Vincent Price who came to record the newly written ghost-host narration for the ride.
WDI Imagineer and DLP Frontierland show-designer Jeff Burke - center on the picture below, with the black shirt - recalls how weak Vincent Price looked like when he arrived to record his voice and how he amazed everyone when he started the recording, as the great actor and professional he was, suddenly finding back the needed energy for the recording session.
Above: Left to right: Vincent Price, Ken Lisi, Jeff Burke, Craig Fleming and Greg Meader enjoying a break during the recording sessions.
Lead writer Craig Fleming was directing the recording session with linguistic advice by French writer Thierry Benizeau, as Vincent price had to record the ghost-host text both in english and french. At the mixing desk are audio producer Greg header and audio project manager Ken Lisi with also Jeff Burke and his team members observing the session from the sidelines.
Vincent Price struggled with the french version of the text and Craig Fleming recalls that they worked on the french script during three and a half hours while the english version was masterfully recorded by Price in two takes, along with a series of his famous evil laughs. Unfortunately shortly after DLP opening it was decided to do a new french recording with a french actor and Vincent Price ghost-host narration is no longer haunting Phantom Manor, but you still can hear in the attraction his trademark evil laughs during the ride!
So, thanks to David.G. Ravenswood of the great Ravenswood Manor website i share with you today this rare video and once you've watched it jump to David website where you'll learn more about the story and making-of of Phantom Manor a well as Big thunder Mountain and Thunder Mesa!
In addition to this great video and in tribute to Vincent Price i'm adding this two parts video interview which was done in Malibu in July 1986 by a famous french TV show called "Cinema Cinemas". Price is talking about his career and also about life like only someone at the sunset of his life can talk. Although he don't talk about Phantom Manor in it - he didn't recorded yet - watch it, it's a wonderful interview of a great human being!
In the interview Vincent Price talks about a famous picture in which him, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone are sit inside coffins, Vincent Price reading to them the headlines of Variety. I succeeded to find this rare picture for you and here it is.
Again, thanks to all of you to be so faithful to Disney and more, and see you tomorrow for a new DLP pictorial update!
Pictures: copyright Disney