Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gonzo from The Muppets

Q: What kind of animal is Gonzo from The Muppets?
Angela, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A [Dave Smith]: His is not supposed to be based on any recognizable animal; he has been called a “whatever.”


Gonzo the Great (or simply Gonzo) is a puppet character, one of Jim Henson's Muppets. He was developed and performed by Dave Goelz. The character made his first appearance in a 1970 Christmas special entitled "The Great Santa Claus Switch". Known as a "Whatever" (or a "Weirdo" on Muppet Babies), he is considered one of The Frackles. Since his character lived in a cigar box, he was called the "Cigar Box Frackle". Originally a minor figure on The Muppet Show, he soon evolved into one of the franchise's principal characters.

He is voiced by Russi Taylor in Jim Henson's Muppet Babies and by Hal Rayle in the ill-fated Jim Henson's Little Muppet Monsters. He appeared in the premiere episode of Studio DC: Almost Live in 2008. In the 1999 film Muppets from Space, it is revealed that he is an alien from a distant planet in space and he meets his alien family for the first time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dave Smith Collection - Magic Kingdom Opens [Disney Pin]

"Dave Smith Collection - Magic Kingdom® Park Opens"
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Walt Disney World® Resort
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Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Company Archives and long-time Disney Historian, has selected the top 20 moments in Disney Theme Park History. This pin celebrates the first Disney Theme Park in Florida - the Magic Kingdom® Park.

This Limited Edition pin features Mickey Mouse sitting on a bench in the Magic Kingdom® Park. The yellow balloon next to Mickey is "free-d" - Fastened Rubber Element on a pin for Extra Dimension. The "Dave Smith Medallion" is a pin-on-pin. Martha Widener from Disney Design Group created the artwork for this pin. It is #7 out of 20 in the Dave Smith collection.
Dave says, "The Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort opened in Florida on October 1, 1971."

Please contact Walt Disney World® Merchandise Guest Services at 407-363-6200 or via e-mail: wdw.mail.order@disneyworld.com to check availability of ordering this pin. If sending an e-mail, please include "Attn: Pins" in the subject line. All Limited Edition pins are available while supplies last, and may not be available via Walt Disney World® Mail Order at time of inquiry.
Please Note - All information is subject to change including but not limited to artwork, release dates, edition sizes and retail prices.
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