Haunted Mansion "Hatbox Ghost" Replica Figure by Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily

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    Handmade "Hatbox Ghost" Replica to be auctioned at the
    Saturday September 12, 2009
    6:30 PM
    Anaheim Convention Center, California

    Earlier this year Jody and I were invited to produce some sort of art piece to be auctioned at the upcoming D23 EXPO. After kicking around several ideas, it suddenly dawned on us what would be the coolest thing in the world to build: a near-as-humanly-possible-to-exact-scale-replica of the Haunted Mansion's most perplexing spectral resident - the Hatbox Ghost!

    With the support of Disneyland and Walt Disney Imagineering, we threw ourselves body and soul into the project. Studying the few existing photos and reading everything we could find about the original figure that disappeared in 1969, we cleared a large space in our studio and started sculpting. We've produced many detailed replicas over the years, but this one was the most challenging and, I think, the most rewarding. Normally our items are designed and coordinated by us, to be manufactured by Disney's vendors, mostly in China. But this one was different.

    Even though it's an edition of only one, it turned out to require nearly every skill we've got. Engineering, sculpting, woodworking, metal and plastics construction, painting and sewing. Lots and lots of sewing.

    His body is plastic and wood armature on a wooden base (it rolls on casters!) designed to resemble attic flooring. His cane is reinforced steel, his hairpiece is sewn nylon fiber, and he's covered from head to toe in sheer chiffon fabric held together by miles of my own hand-stitching. The hands, head and feet are molded resin from my original sculpts (and cast by our friend Doug Hild who molds the artist maquettes for Walt Disney Feature Animation.) Even his coat buttons are special, fabric-covered wooden turnings. When all was assembled, Jody gave the entire piece a super-deluxe custom paint job.

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    1. suzysu sparkles 117 months ago | reply

      wow! fantastic work !!!

    2. Isle of Lucy 117 months ago | reply

      Amazing! I wish I could see 'im in person.

      Did you design the 'Enchanted Tiki Room' pill boxes sold at Disneyland?

    3. Nekeesorf 117 months ago | reply

      Fantastic piece. I hope that whoever buys it doesn't crate it up and store it as an investment rather than display as a work of art.

    4. giddygirlie 117 months ago | reply

      I wish I was a kid in your neighborhood -- think of all the great stories you'd tell about walking down your street at night, home from the soda fountain, and you glance in your neighbor's window and there is the Hatbox Ghost standing in his living room!! :-D

      This is fantastic on so very many levels. I may have to sneak into the convention just to lay my eyes on this in person! ;-)

    5. $imbolism 117 months ago | reply

      An absolutely outstanding triumph

    6. Sailor Jenny 117 months ago | reply

      AMAZING!!!!!! We're not worthy, we're not worthy!

    7. Prof. Eggflesh 116 months ago | reply

      Very inspiring work!

    8. JasonLiebig 116 months ago | reply

      Wow... so spectacular! What a beautiful creation/recreation!

    9. teruterubouzu 116 months ago | reply

      I'm following the live tweets for this auction right now. It sold for $9,300!


    10. Mandy Maloo 116 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning. This made my heart skip a beat when I saw it--I was hoping Disneyland had brought him back to his place of honor! Amazing work!!

    11. productive side [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called just cool pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. HowtoHaunt 111 months ago | reply

      Love the Disney style, especially the Haunted Mansion!

    13. Cosmos 2 106 months ago | reply

      How much did it sell for . Please let me know , Many thanks

    14. PirateTinkerbell 105 months ago | reply

      Really love this! I was lucky enough to see it in person at the D23 Expo and I was amazed! Wonderful wonderful work :)

    15. Littlemermaid1996 103 months ago | reply

      why did they take him out! he would have been awesome in the ride!

    16. sherlyjones007 26 months ago | reply

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