Prop Culture


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.
  • Amy O'Neill
  • Andreas Deja
  • Andrew Adamson
  • Anna Popplewell

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  • Episode 1
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    The props, costumes, and music from “Mary Poppins” are beloved by generations. Join movie prop collector Dan Lanigan as he reunites iconic pieces from the movie with artisans from the film. Meet artist Kevin Kidney as he explains the process of recreating Mary’s snow globe for “Mary Poppins Retur...

  • Episode 2
    , S1:E2

    Movie prop collector Dan Lanigan steps inside the grid to learn that there’s no shortage of creative genius and innovation in the surviving artifacts from “Tron.” Discover an iconic set piece in need of restoration at the Walt Disney Archives. Join actor Bruce Boxleitner as he reunites with his c...

  • Episode 3
    , S1:E3

    Join movie prop collector Dan Lanigan as he examines Disney's first stop-motion animated feature Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” with masterminds and artisans from the film. Visit Fonco Studios where visual consultant Rick Heinrichs shows the original Jack Skellington maquette from ...

  • Episode 4
    , S1:E4

    Embark on an island adventure with movie prop collector Dan Lanigan to discover how “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was brought to life. Travel to St. Vincent, the island that serves as the Caribbean backdrop for many scenes in the film. Meet legendary costume designer Pe...

  • Episode 5
    , S1:E5

    Join movie prop collector Dan Lanigan at the Walt Disney Archives to examine the shrink-ray from the 1989 family favorite, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” Watch along as Dan discusses the film’s centerpiece with director Joe Johnston and visits propmaker Brad Einhorn. Watch model maker and miniatures...

  • Episode 6
    , S1:E6

    Enter the wardrobe and be a part of this fantasy novel’s journey from page to screen as movie prop collector Dan Lanigan examines some of the film’s most memorable artifacts. Travel to San Diego Comic-Con and share a pair of swords with WETA Workshop founder Sir Richard Taylor. Examine the White ...

  • Episode 7
    , S1:E7

    Watch film prop collector Dan Lanigan uncover the movie magic behind “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Visit the home studio of Disney Legend Andreas Deja for a lesson on how animated characters were drawn over live-action frames. Examine concept art with Disney animators Chris Buck and Mike Giaimo and ...

  • Episode 8
    , S1:E8

    Come along for a road trip adventure with movie prop collector Dan Lanigan to discover the secrets of iconic props from “The Muppet Movie.” Visit Jim Henson Studios for a chat with Chairman Brian Henson. Meet Drew Struzan, the painter responsible for the original movie poster, and learn about wha...

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