Monday
Jun282010

Accidental World's Fair Sighting?

You never know when a World's Fair relic might show up right in front of your eyes! Over the weekend, on a leisurely drive on the PA turnpike, what should drive by but this "car-boat." If you didn't know, these types of vehicles were a highlight of the marina area of the fair. I can't confirm this car/boat is from the fair, but it is definitely the right vintage, and it is in great shape.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the driver's attention, so we'll have to do some digging to find out if this is indeed from the fair. I'm just glad we happened to have a camera in the car!

Friday
Jun182010

Bob Gurr Interview Excerpt

It's hard to know where to begin with Bob Gurr's career at Disney. As is mentioned on his Disney Legends page, "if it has wheels at Disneyland, Bob probably designed it." He is also responsible for the ride systems from the World's Fair, as well as the work on the Abraham Lincoln animatronic. In this brief clip from an interview with Bob, he discusses his memories of some of the noteworthy attractions at the fair:

(also a reminder you can watch these clips in HD by selecting a different quality setting in the bottom right of the player.)

Tuesday
Jun152010

Rolly Crump Interview Excerpt

I mentioned in an earlier post, our first two interviews for the movie were "in the can." I wanted to share with you a short excerpt from our interview with artist Rolly Crump. Again, for those who don't know, Rolly worked as an in-betweener at Disney animation, then moved to imagineering (WED) where he had a big hand in the design of several rides including The Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Haunted Mansion.  

For the world's fair, he contributed to the Disney-created attractions, especially the Magic Skyway and it's a small world. As part of the Small World pavilion, he designed a huge "Tower of the Four Winds" kinetic sculpture. When the fair ended, there was debate at the company as to whether the tower should make the trip back to Anaheim, or be scrapped (as it ultimately was.) In this clip Rolly explains some of the internal debate that led to the decision:

Monday
Jun142010

Our First Interviews: Imagineers Rolly Crump and Bob Gurr

Artist Rolly CrumpPhew! What a week it was! Last week was our first big production trip. Stacy and I headed to Anaheim to do some "recon" at Disneyland (any project with a theme park trip as part of research, is fine by me!) and an interview with artist / former imagineer Rolly Crump. If you're not familiar with Crump, he was responsible for the design of the Tower of the Four Winds sculpture outside the it's a small world attraction at the World's Fair. That doesn't really begin to describe the work he did on several of the Disney-created attractions at the fair. It was a great time, and we got to hear some wonderful stories, all of which won't fit into the final film, but we'll share some outtakes here on the blog, and with our backers. (You can become one today!)

Rolly put us in touch with Bob Gurr. Bob is responsible for just about every vehicle design at Disneyland from the original Autopia cars to the original Submarine Voyage submarines. He too spent a great deal of time on the World's Fair attractions, focusing on the ride systems, and the Abraham Lincoln audio-animatronic.

Attraction Designer Bob GurrOne of the interesting things about the experience of these men is the multi-disciplinary approach to creating attractions. In today's world of ultra-specific job titles, it's incredible to imagine the small (less than a dozen people) groups who created iconic attractions at the fair and beyond.

Both of these guys deserve documentaries of their own.

We'll post some video clips later this week.

Friday
Jun042010

World's Fair Relics In Danger

World's Fair Light at Penn Hills ResortBeing located outside of Philadelphia, some of the first scouting trips for our World's Fair documentary were here in PA. We visited the Penn Hills Resort in the Poconos, home to about 30 of the multi-colored square streetlights from the fair. The resort closed in April 2009. Now though, the property is up for tax sale in the fall, and there have been multiple vandalism cases at the site. No one seems to be able to contact the owners. 

Here's the full story from the Pocono Record.

 

Any ideas to help save these lights before they are vandalized, or bulldozed by the new owners in the fall?