Friday, 14 March 2008

The Haunted Mansion's Mariner

With its placement in New Orleans Square on the banks of the Rivers of America and its proximity to Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland's Haunted Mansion was originally conceived as belonging to the "meta-narrative" of its surroundings. Stories of pirates, and particularly a nefarious Captain Blood, were among the first concepts developed for the attraction.

Those plans never bore out, but there are still hints at a nautical heritage. Among them are these paintings to be found in Disneyland's and Walt Disney World's mansions, respectively. Perhaps the first is the Flying Dutchman, and perhaps the latter is Davy Jones (and a more aesthetically compelling one at that, in my opinion), or perhaps not. I do think they are wonderful portraits, however.


3 comments:

Biblioadonis aka George said...

What a different Davy Jones, too...

Cory The Raven said...

Aye matey! I would have preferred him as well...

I like the Mariner design anyways, to the point of even buying the action figure. He has more of a connection to the theme parks (which were obstensibly inspiring the movies) than did Squidy McSquidface, and if they had to put him in the Pirates ride, at least he wouldn't have looked so radically out of place. Had they put the Mariner's portrait in the Anaheim Mansion to go with it, it would have even added to the latent meta-narrative of New Orleans Square.

Oh well... only if I was in charge of these sorts of things ^_^

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