Review: All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives

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Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California debuted the all-new exhibition “All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives”. Visitors can get up-close and personal views of jewelry and costume accessories from the library catalog of Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Studios films. The pieces displayed are just some of many significant parts of fitting characters with their costumes and accessories to help tell the story on the big and small screen. The collections have been featured in many fan-favorites ranging from musicals, action, fantasy, supernatural, and adventure genres.

20th Century Studios is well represented in the archives with the Heart of the Ocean diamond necklace from “Titanic”, The Prince of Humbug from “The Greatest Showman”, an oversized ring intended for “Romeo + Juliet”, cross necklace from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Voltron necklace and ring pop from “Deadpool”, ring from “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, and Jamie Lee Curtis’ heart necklace from “True Lies”.

Walt Disney Studios has brought epic journeys to life with the frozen and majestic crowns from the “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, cursed Aztec gold coin necklace, Tia Dalma’s crab necklace, and Captain Jack Sparrow’s rings from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, Queen Narissa’s crown from “Enchanted”, Santa’s magic wristwatch from “The Santa Clause” series, Chewbacca’s Medal of Yavin and Rose Tico’s moon necklace from “Star Wars”, and costumes, crowns, medals, and paintings from “The Princess Diaries” series.

The Disney company has also translated animated features into live-action spectacles with the witch’s crown and matchmaker dress from “Mulan”, Danny DeVito’s moon-faced pocket watch from “Dumbo”, Cogsworth’s pocket watch from “Beauty and the Beast”, charms and pendant for Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians” and “Cruella”, rings and crown for the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland”, glass slipper from “Cinderella”, and Genie’s costume and the magic lamp from “Aladdin”.

Obscure and lesser-known Disney productions get their recognition including the two-way radio wristwatch and Breathless Mahoney’s earrings from “Dick Tracy”, Marvin Acme’s cufflinks from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, Tik Tok’s badge from “Return to Oz”, King Brian’s crown from “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”, Amulet of Time from “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”, and the sporks crown from “The Muppets Most Wanted”.

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a plethora of treasures from popular titles like the golden horns from “Loki”, Scarlett Witch’s rings from “WandaVision”, necklace from “Black Panther”, the Eye of Agamotto from Dr. Strange, jade necklace from “Shang-Chi”, and the ten rings worn by the Mandarin in “Iron Man 3”.

Bowers Museum has succeeded once again to bring another sparkling exhibition from the Walt Disney Archives. We hope this partnership lasts dazzles for years to come. The exhibition is respectfully housed in an Orange County museum not too from the Disneyland Resort. So the local area should be quite accessible to not only die-hard Disney fanatics but also admirers of cinema and fashion.

A small selection of shirts, sweaters, and bags are available in the Gallery Store to commemorate your visit to the exhibition at the Bowers Museum. “All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives” is curated by the Walt Disney Archives in conjunction with the Bowers Museum. Now open until June 19, 2022.


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