Disneyland’s Soundsational Parade has some hidden surprises for those who look carefully. One of our favorites is Evinrude, the dragonfly who buzzes around in circles behind Tiana’s row boat on the Princess and the Frog unit.
The idea to include Evinrude began as a last-minute joke during the parade’s dress rehearsals. Watching the big riverboat come down Main Street reminded us of a favorite Disney movie from childhood—The Rescuers—and we thought it could be fun to insert a subtle nod to the 1977 film somewhere in Tiana’s bayou.
Kevin constructed Evinrude in our studio practically overnight, from simple wooden shapes to match the float’s playful style. Wings were hand-cut from sheets of tinted polypropylene plastic, and the insect’s body was attached to a motorized support inside a giant waterlily.
As it turns out, the character fits perfectly with the parade’s theme as a tribute to legendary Disney sound effects artist Jimmy MacDonald. Jimmy provided sounds for hundreds of Disney films, including Evinrude’s distinctive buzz.
Studio in the Rue de Furstenberg (1865). Frédéric Bazille (French, 1841-1870). Oil on canvas. Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France.
Bazille shared the studio with Monet. Although Bazille is absent, his box of paints, palette, and brushes are visible. He depicts his daily world with great economy. The work pays subtle tribute to Monet whose Honfleur landscapes painted in 1864 adorn the walls.
The heartfelt, subtle and tasteful tribute to Bowie at the Brit Awards, 24/02/2016. A wonderful introduction by the lovely Annie Lennox, who presented the Icon Award to Bowie’s good friend Gary Oldman. Featuring Lorde with Bowie’s touring band: Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Sterling Campbell, Catherine Russell and Gerry Leonard.