Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Celebrate Its 28th Anniversary - Rare Original Artwork

WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrates its 28h Anniversary and here is a great artwork article with plenty of original artwork for a park which at that time was known as Disney MGM Studios. The first artwork above below is of course a park overview, without the Sunset Boulevard which will be added later. Next rendering is another one showing the whole park, from a different angle, and probably an early concept...

...just like this one, showing the soundstage and support buildings.

This one shows DHS Hollywood Boulevard...

And on this one we can see a "Pooh Hollywood corner"...was the shop really built? I'm not sure, but tell me if i'm wrong...

This next one is a bird's eye view of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular building.

And this rendering shows the final explosion scene.

Now, here are some interesting renderings, as i think - once again, please correct me if my wrong - that they're showing never realised attractions. And the one below shows a kind of "filming tour" where guests would have looked the real shooting of a movie behind windows,  just like in the animation tour you were able to watch Disney artists working.

Here is another one, probably from the same attraction concept.

Does anyone know to which attraction this next one is related - it seems to be the filming of a tv show...

As well as this one, maybe the preshow of the one above...

The caption on the original slide for the one below is: "Sounds effects theatre"

This one is for the Tram Tour attraction, moving in New York Street.

And here are three renderings for the Catastrophe Canyon scene.

Next, is a rendering for the now extinct Honey i Shrunk the Kids playground.

Here is a picture of the model, with two WDI Imagineers...

And another picture, shot during the making of the HISTK playground.

This rendering is also related to an attraction based on the Honey i Shrunk the Kids movie, and i don't remember if it was finally built or not...i think it was - or was it not? Anyone knows?

Next is a tribute to the Great Movie ride and the Chinese Theater replica, always with original artwork and great behind the scenes photos of imagineers at work.

Above is the artwork for something that was probably a mural painting, and below a rendering of the Chinese Theatre area.

Another artwork showing the Hollywood Boulevard with the Chinese Theatre in the background.

Next artwork is a rare rendering for the Singing in the rain scene.

And of course, this one is for the John Wayne scene.

Here is the artwork for the gangsters scene.

And this is the artwork for the final Wizard of Oz scene.

Before we have a look to some behind the scenes pictures, here is a great story told to me by a friend imagineer about the "Casablanca" scene of the ride, and more specifically about the real plane one can see in the decor:
"The Casablanca scene has the real Casablanca Lockheed Electra plane used in the movie - and the tail section is in the WDW Jungle Cruise. The plane was located by Malcolm Cobb of WDI/ California, in Texas. Malcolm got the Lockheed registry of all the planes and their history and present owners and set out looking. On this Texas plane, no one had any idea it was the real plane until they ran its serial numbers and found it had been registered to the movie studio that made the film at that time. This was done after the purchase was completed. When Malcolm found it, it had been sitting for some time and not running. Another owner nearby owned three of these planes and wanted much more money for his as they were flyable. Malcolm didnt need one that flew and bought the cheapest one, being the real on. When the man who owned the three planes found out what he had missed, he was pretty upset at himself, as it had been right next to his backyard."

The first behind the scenes picture below shows an Imagineer at work on the Busby Berkeley opening scene.

When we think about an Indiana Jones attraction, we generally think about Indiana Jones Adventure, or the Epic stunt spectacular, or the Temple du péril but we often forget that there is a great Indy scene in the Great Movie ride! Here, one WDI Imagineer is at work on one of the giant Anubis statues.

Other Imagineers at work in the same room.

Final touch to the Ark of the Covenant scene.

Inside WDI workhouse, an Imagineer measuring the beautiful Ark of the Covenant replica.

Putting in place the Egyptian mummies...

Final touch on the same mummies...

Almost cheek to cheek between a lovely Imagineer and a pretty well done mummy...

No, it's not Tarzan and Jane, but two Imagineers at work on the vegetation of the Tarzan scene.

Some years later, the Sunset Boulevard and the Tower of Terror were added to Disney MGM Studios, here is the original artwork for it.

First is a series of renderings for the Sunset Boulevard facades, and note that the one above shows a building that was never built.

On the next one is the Carthay Circle Theater, which was replicated at Disney-Mgm and which is now the icon of Disney's California Adventure

Here is another one, showing the Tower of terror in the background, and the Carthay Circle Theater on the right.

This next one is a beautiful night view, and the Carthay Circle Theater is now on the left!

This rendering seems to indicate that a "Disney film festival" was envisioned by WDI Imagineers in the Carthay Circle Theater. Just like on the rendering above, note the red tramway on the right. Never built, guests can find it now at Disney's California Adventure.

On this next rendering, have a close look at the "orange grove" area on the top left, envisioned but finally never realized.

Let's have a look now to Tower of terror renderings, beginning by these two early concepts. As you can see , the building had a very different design.

Here is another TOT concept art, pretty rare, too.

The next renderings are others concept, closer to the final version that we know.

This next one is really interesting as it shows how the ride was previously envisioned and, as you can see, the Twilight Zone room was supposed to be in the basement and not at the top of the building.

Let's end with a picture of the model that you probably already know, but always beautiful.

Before i leave, i would like to answer to some of you who asked me where i've got all these Disney's Mgm Studios artworks: Almost all Disney MGM artworks you can see on D&M was delivered to me during WDW 25th Anniversary press event by WDW photo library.
At that time it was still possible for the journalists to go at the photo library, choose the slides they wanted and ask if it was possible to get them. These ones, showing original artworks and making-of pictures needed an approval from WDW Imagineering, but they gave their approval and the slides were sent to me in Paris. That's the whole story, and for the choice of the renderings themselves, you just have to thanks my good taste!

All artwork and photos: copyright Disney Enterprises Inc.


RightBlocker91 said...

The photos above that shows guests viewing live-action filming are from the original Backlot Tour. Several large soundstages - that now house "One Man's Dream" and "Toy Story Mania" - were part of the walking tour. After the special effects shows - an outdoor water effects tank and the blue-screen show that recreated the flying on the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" bee scene - guests walked through elevated walkways and watched actual filming through the large windows in your pictures. The 1990s "Mickey Mouse Club" was filmed here, but during the tour's later years, guests likely saw no actual filming during the tour.

Anonymous said...

"Pooh's Hollywood Corner" is another entrance for "Keystone Clothiers," which I believe is the opening day name of the shop on that block. The facade looks like the concept art to this day (except the shop name).

Anonymous said...

I was able to visit Hollywood Studios in 1989 and I can confirm the large bee with the child sitting on top was indeed part of the backstage tour. If I remember correctly it was a demonstration of special effects and green screen. A couple of kids were chosen to sit on the bees and they were directed. Then the tour group would see the final filmed piece.

As we walked along on this backstage tour, another building was a space for real studio productions and there was an observation windows. I walked through this area twice. Once with the windows to see and once where the windows were covered.

Tom Hanks was filming a miniseries for HBO called "From the Earth to the Moon" that was 1998.

Mateowicky said...

The attraction in question was superstar television. A fun show that chose different members of the audience to appear in some classic and current programs through blue screens, duplicate sets and props. It took place in the theater currently housing frozen. The stage had three large turn tables, if I am remembering correctly. The audience would watch live as cameras moved around the stage and filmed their family and friends participate in the presentation. Shows I remember being included were Cheers, Home Improvement, Bonanza, Gillian's Island, and some soap opera. But there were many. It was eventually replaced by Doug live. It was a show I loved growing up and was sad to see go. It really highlighted the tv portion of the studio theme.