I got the chance to conduct an interview with Dan Lanigan, film prop aficionado and host of the new show, Prop Culture. In this show, streaming exclusively on Disney+, Dan Lanigan searches for film props from classic Disney films and talks to numerous important people who helped make them happen. In this interview, I discuss his show, the process of making it, and the possibility of a second season.
How did your love for film props begin?
I’d always been a fan of movies and behind the scenes, but I think when I had my first encounter with movie props was as the Disney MGM Studios. I would go there in the summers to visit my brother and we would go to the parks. The park that I always wanted to go to was the Disney MGM Studios park because I loved Raiders of the Lost Ark and they had the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular! Also, I loved the backlot tour where you would get on with the carts and then get off at the museum. At any different time, they would have props from The Nightmare Before Christmas or The Rocketeer or Indiana Jones all of these amazing things and I was just obsessed with it. I don’t think I consciously thought “How do I get ahold of these things?” but it was in my brain. Then, in the early days of the Internet, people were selling these things who had worked in the films directly and that’s how I came across it.