Disneyland Blue


I had to show an example of this particular colour in the Bava palette. While it’s probably correct to call it Prussian Blue, and while one can imagine Erich Von Stroheim looking good in it with matching plume and sash, and while you can also see it in Tashlin and Jerry Lewis films shot in Gorgeous Lifelike Colour By Deluxe, I submit that Walt Disney and Tinkerbell totally OWN THIS COLOUR.

Cinematographer and director Mario Bava also had the use of it, as shown here in ESTHER AND THE KING, because he had All The Colors Of The Dark.

4 Responses to “Disneyland Blue”

  1. That fantastic colour looks more like a cobalt blue to me. I suspect that Disney, in his turn, took the colour from Maxfield Parrish, although having said that it took me ages to find a reasonably good example, here;

    Parrish did a lot of “magic hour” pictures, many with titles like Daybreak or Evening (there are loads more at that site), and he was hugely popular in America around the turn of the last century. Disney would certainly have seen his illustrations.

  2. That’s Disneyland alright! Thanks for the correction, Cobalt Blue has a nice sound to it.

    To some extent this colour pops up in 50s and 60s films because the colour systems used tended to exaggerate blues. You don’t really see it in later Lewis and Bava, but it’s all over their 50s and 60s work. It’s still apparent in Tashlin’s last studio films, but by the time of his final independant production, blue skies seem to have faded.

    Must get a frame grab of a certain scene in The Girl Can’t Help It…

  3. Me, I’ll think of it simply as “Bava Blue.” Thank you, David, for alerting me to it.

    Another example of it might me in this clip from “The White Warrior,” a Riccardo Freda picture shot be Bava …

    Steve Reeves starring in an adaptation of Tolstoy! Who’d have imagined?

  4. That’s beautiful! I had no idea the DVD was such good quality! I have a few Fredas and they’re generally shoddy pan-and-scan efforts, though often worth watching anyway. I shall ask my local Freda-expert, David Wingrove/Melville, about this one.

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