We started watching Prop Culture on Disney+ this weekend. It’s a collector of movie props who digs into one movie and has the goal of reuniting props with people from the movies. So far:
- For Mary Poppins they meet with one of the dancers/choreographers and show her a chimney broom prop taken from the archives. As well as costume designers with various bits, and going to see the title character’s carpet bag which has a neat story behind it.
- A Tron episode which features the ‘FLYNN’S’ arcade sign neon restored. Also, these 40 year old props are not aging well generally they were basically sporting equipment, foam, and electrical tape. Bruce Boxleitner sees, but does not attempt to fit into, his old outfit. The writer-director is a woodworking hermit, but has a yurt full of all the merchandise he could acquire.
- An episode on Honey I Shrunk The Kids focuses on restoring the original ‘laser’ prop, which had been altered for the sequels. They also got the original actors for the kids together: I don’t think any of them are active in acting any more. They get to see all that was left of a giant ant prop.
- An episode on The Nightmare Before Christmas seems to focus on how everyone involved was given or stole props. Maintaining movie-used stop-motion puppets is tough as some materials tend to turn liquid if not stored properly.
I think we’ve got a few more to watch when time permits. I’m hoping the Roger Rabbit episode they show in the intro is good.