Minnie and I

Minnie and I

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tigger Through the Years 1969- Present

1969-1998: Retro Tigger
The gang from the 100 Acre Wood debuted in Disneyland in 1966, but Tigger made his debut in 1969 when Disney on Parade started. Disney on Parade created a huge repertoire of characters for their shows and Tigger was one of them. That same year he debuted at Disneyland. Tigger has orange fur with black fur stripes, white fur for the belly, eyes and muzzle. He has a black nose with nostrils. Tigger's stripe pattern is a simple pattern, so it would be easily sewn onto the body. Unlike his cartoon counterpart, Tigger has "claws" on his paws and feet.  In the beginning he had eight small stripes coming out of his belly, but around in 1988 Tigger had only six steps out of his belly. This version of Tigger was used until 1994 and was used slowly in tandem with the next version. He made his last appearance in 2003 at the groundbreaking ceremony of Hong Kong Disneyland.

Tigger at Disneyland, 1969. credit

Tigger at Disneyland, 1988. credit

1972-1973: Disney on Parade Tigger
For the first editions of Disney on Parade, Tigger appeared as he did in Disneyland. But for the 3rd edition of the show, his costume was completely redesigned. Tigger has now a slimmer look, with stripes matching his cartoon counterpart. He has bigger feet, his tail hangs loose and his head is smaller and different shape. Disney on Parade Tigger had eyebrows and a pink nose. This version of Tigger only appeared on this edition of the show. 

Tigger and Pooh at Disney on Parade, 1972

1983-1989: Teddy Ruxpin Tigger
This version of Tigger was created exclusively for the TV show "Welcome to Pooh Corner." All the costumes from the show were created and designed by the creator of Teddy Ruxpin. Tigger had an articulated head, which made him able to open and close his mouth, blink and move his eyebrows. This version was used on "Welcome to Pooh Corner" and educational films. It closely resembles his cartoon counterpart, except for the black nose.

Some screenshots of Tigger in "Welcome to Pooh Corner" video

1994- Present: Modern Tigger
While his body stayed the same, his head got an update. Tigger's head has a smaller and rounder lower jaw. His smile is now a almost closed smile. Tigger's nose is still black, but now its made out of reticulated foam, so the performer can see out of. He got a few stripes added to his face and has black stripes on his dimples. Around 2005, Tigger's tail would be attached to his back, to prevent accidents with guests.

Tigger at Tokyo Disneyland, 2014. credit

2004- Present: Talking Tigger
This version of Tigger was designed to have articulated mouth and blinking eyes. The head is modeled after Modern Tigger's head. The head has the addition of a pink nose, eyebrows and whiskers. The body is different a different design. The stripe pattern is similar to his cartoon counterpart. His hands and feet don't have "claws." He has grips on his paws so the performer can grab props better. Also this Tigger has light beige fur on its belly, eyes and muzzle. The suit was designed for the performer to move, jump and dance freely. Currently, there's no Disney production that is using this version of Tigger, but it's possible for future productions they will use this costume.

Disney Live Tigger, credit

King Leonidas, 1972- 2009
What does King Leonidas have to do with Tigger? Well, while doing research on Retro Tigger, I realized that I have seen Retro Tigger's jaw before. And I remembered that King Leonidas has a similar lower jaw. I compared Tigger's head to Leonidas's and found out that their heads super similar. So similar that I came to the conclusion that they share the same head mold. They have the same head shape! Some features were added to Leonidas like his nose and eyes, witch later was used for Prince John. I believe that King Leonidas is a retired character, he was mostly seen on the Disney Electrical Parade, before the 2010 update.

King Leonidas at the Magic Kingdom, 70s

Comparison of Tigger and Leonidas.
Leonidas photo credit
Tigger photo credit

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My Disney Costume Collection

I want to share with everyone my humble Disney costume collection.

Mickey's Gloves and Bowtie

The item that started it all, Mickey's gloves. This is truly the only item I ever wanted. A few months after writing my "Mickey Gloves" post, I called Theme Park Connection and asked them if they have any Mickey gloves available and they did. I purchased the gloves from them. I'm very happy to own a authentic pair of Mickey gloves. I remember as a kid going to Disney World and wanting to steal the display gloves at Mickey's Toontown house. No need to steel, because I have them now. The glove's tag say "Made in China", guessing they're from Hong Kong Disneyland. One glove was made in 2010 and the other in 2011.

Mickey's yellow satin bowtie, a small purchase from eBay. The tie doesn't have a tag, but Im guessing it's from Disneyland and from the 90's.

Goofy's Gloves

This is a pair of gloves that belonged to Goofy. It doesn't have a tag, but I believe it's from the 90's because of their shape. They're Goofy's because of the black sleeve's attached to the gloves. Between Mickey's and Goofy's gloves, I prefer Goofy's because they're more comfortable to wear. They feel like miniature pillows on your hands. I purchased the gloves from Disney Collector, Phil Sears. Thanks Phil! Also the gloves were part of a bundle I purchased from Sears. Btw, I keep the sleeves tucked inside the gloves.

Chip and Dale Pieces

This is one pair of gloves and one pair of character shoes used for either Chip or Dale from Disneyland from 1990. I purchased them from Phil Sears.

Goofy Tuxedo

An incredible piece altogether. This is Goofy's black tuxedo from Disney World. This tuxedo was used during special events like premiers, or wedding ceremonies. It don't have a date, but I think it's from 00's because of the condition. The tuxedo suit came with: Goofy's gloves, black jacket, black pants with suspenders, white vest with black bow tie, black top hat, walking cane, black shoes, performing socks and black spats. I purchased it from Phil Sears.

Goofy's tux hat, too big for me. In the background you can see my bare ruby slipper.

A similar suit to mine. credit

Minnie's Polka Dot Dress

This is my second favorite piece in my collection. I only have the dress, I'm missing the matching bow and the bloomers. The dress is from Disneyland and I believe it's from the 90's or early 00's. The tag doesn't say the date, it only says "Minnie Mouse." I got the dress on eBay and it's on good conditions, minor stains here and there.

Here a few items I would like to add to my collection:
From Minnie: Shoes, Bow, Bloomers
From Mickey: Shoes, Pants, Vest
Tokyo Disneyland Mickey Gloves
Donald or Daisy Hands/Gloves
Daisy's Shoes
Pluto's Collar