Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tales from the Laughing Place Magazine to Feature WDCC Sculptor Ruben Procopio in Next Issue!

I recently came across a magazine I wasn't familiar with, Tales from the Laughing Place. An insightful magazine with in-depth articles on news of today as well as great articles on the company's colorful history, a great resource for information on the parks and their creation.

The upcoming issue (to be available soon to subscribers and also available as a single issue purchase) will feature the following articles:
  • Too Kool For Skool: A look behind-the-scenes at the creation of High School Musical On Stage featuring interviews with Director Jeff Calhoun, Choreographer Lisa Stevens and Vice-President, Licensing, Disney Theatrical Steve Fickinger. The centrepiece article also features rehearsal photography from the London cast.

  • The Lion King Stands Up On Broadway: To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King musical original cast member and African heritage educator Ron Kunene discusses the South African roots of the story and music.

  • Family Ties: Rhett Wickham talks with legendary animator and sculptor Ruben Procopio about his experience with Walt Disney Feature Animation on movies such as The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective and his family’s connection to Walt Disney and the company that he built.

  • Lindsay Cave meets Academy Award- and Grammy-Award winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and talks about Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Enchanted.
Tales from the Laughing Place Magazine is a high-quality quarterly publication dedicated to the creativity of the Walt Disney Company. Tales magazine is currently 52-pages with no advertising and printed on quality paperstock to preserve each issue for years to come (weighing in at 10 ounces per issue). Tales magazine is currently offering new 4-issue subscriptions from Issue 12 for $36 with free shipping in the continental United States. However international shipping is available. Issues 2 to 11 inclusive are also available as back issues.

Above features the maquettes of Ratigan (from The Great Mouse Detective) and Fagin (from Oliver and Company) sculpted by Ruben Procopio during the production of those films.

For more information, check their website Tales from the Laughing Place.

4 comments:

Matthew said...

I've been visiting the Laughing Place web site for years, and have seen this magazine advertised. I've read several reviews that praise the magazine.

Perhaps now is the time to get an issue! Ruben's work is excellent and I'd like to read more about him.

Duckman said...

Hi Matthew,

All the reviews I've read over the past couple days have been good. Checked topics of previous issues and see where they've expanded outside the park.

It appears you can only purchase this magazine via on-line currently, most recently available at Tokyo Disneyland and one WDCC dealer in the UK. Feel like you, now might be the time to pick up an issue :)

Behr said...

Looks like it might be time for Ruben to do some WDCC from Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver and Company so finally get some pieces added form these films ey? =)

Duckman said...

Hey Geoffrey,

Would be nice to see the films you mentioned represented in the line.

Wouldn't mind seeing the characters from The Great Mouse Detective done in the style of the maquettes he did which can be found on his website. Also really like his Marahute & Cody from The Rescuers Down Under.

Not a fan of The Black Cauldron but think the Horned King would be a great representation from this film and a nice addition to the Villains Series, an opportunity to do a villain never done vs. a repeat. JTDO.