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"In a movie, every detail, no matter how small, is designed to tell you something. I'm Dan Lanigan, and I've spent my entire life collecting artifacts from my favorite films. Now, I'm setting out to learn more about the props from the Disney movies that I love...because these historic artifacts make you feel like you're a part of the story."
―Daniel Lanigan[src]

Prop Culture, originally announced as Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies is a documentary series for the Disney+ streaming service. It premiered on May 1, 2020.[1]

On April 2019, just ahead of their "Investor Day" event on April 11, Disney announced a number of series for the Disney+ streaming service. This included the documentary series Prop Culture, albeit announced through the working title Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies, an anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved films through the props and costumes (now modern ‘artifacts’) that made them unique. Hosted by film historian/collector Dan Lanigan, the films including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.[2]

On May 26, 2023, Prop Culture was removed from Disney+.[3][4]

Official description[]

Movie prop collector Dan Lanigan reunites iconic Disney movie props with the filmmakers, actors, and crew who created and used them in some of Disney's most beloved films. Throughout this journey, Dan will recover lost artifacts, visit private collections, and help restore pieces from the Walt Disney Archives to their original glory.

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Movie prop collector Dan Lanigan reunites iconic Disney movie props with the filmmakers, actors, and crew who created and used them in some of Disney’s most beloved films. Throughout this journey, Dan will recover lost artifacts, visit private collections, and help restore pieces from the Walt Disney Archives to their original glory. The series features award-winning film artists including: actors Christopher Lloyd, Kathleen Turner, and Rick Moranis; directors Joe Johnston, Henry Selick, and Steven Lisberger; and composers Danny Elfman and Paul Williams. Dan examines props and effects artifacts with the craftsmen who created them, such as: character designers, Rick Heinrichs and Crash McCreery; special effects innovators, Phil Tippett and Howard Berger; prop makers, Tony Swatton and Richard Taylor; miniature builders, Fon Davis and Don Bies; costume designers, Penny Rose and Calista Hendrickson; and puppet builders, Dave Goelz and Amy Van Gilder. The executive producers are Jason Henry and Dan Lanigan. "Prop Culture" is produced by ABC Studios, a division of Disney Television Studios.

Trivia[]

  • Many of the props featured in this series that belong to the Walt Disney Archives were previously displayed in past exhibits held by them over the years with the Bowers Museum exhibit in 2020 hosting a display that served as a teaser for this series.
  • Throughout many of the episodes, remnants of Disney Parks attractions as well as highlighted props that were displayed in some of them can be found throughout the series:
  • Episode 4 (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) is the only installment in the series where none of the actors from the original film are interviewed or shown props that they worked with. Though it did feature Jim Byrkit, Crash McCreery, Penny Rose, Tony Swatton among others.

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