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Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) opening titles

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Dec 26th, 2020. Artwork published in .
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    The opening titles to Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) use a serif typeface of unclear origin. It appears to be a version of Marquis. Or maybe a different interpretation of the same unidentified historical source, which could be a metal typeface or a lettering model from the late 19th century.

    Marquis is shown in the 1968 catalog of Photoscript, a London-based typesetting studio. As one of only a few faces, it’s marked with a copyright symbol, possibly indicating an original design, or an exclusive phototype adaptation. It reappears in the supplement to Phil’s Photo catalog (2nd edition, 1985), now spelled Manquis. In 2012, Claude Pelletier made a digitization named ManquisCP, which is probably based on the showing by Phil’s.

    The titling face in the animation featurette is different from Manquis in several details. A is wider and has a cyma, i.e. a sort of wavy, detached swash that helps to texture the whitespace to the left of the letter. The bottom serif in S and the top serifs in M are double-sided, the middle serifs in W don’t meet, the height of the R leg is less suppressed, G doesn’t have a bar to the left, etc. The downward bulge in the bars of A and H can be found both in Manquis and the version used here. This detail references (neo-)Romanesque lettering.

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