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Avid Hunter

The Big Game Hunter is an unused character created for the Haunted Mansion by Marc Davis.

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Marc Davis created the Big Game Hunter for an unused Trophy Room sequence in-which guests would pass by a room filled with taxidermy trophies of tiger-hunting.  A portrait on the wall (ornated with a Wildebeast head-carving) would have showed the hunter triumphantly standing over the recently poached remains of a tiger he killed and on the walls there would be mounted heads of six tigers and the mounted tail of a seventh, all of which would become animated due to the Haunted Mansion.  In the centre of the room, the Hunter's ghost would be tormented by the spirits of his prey as a tiger-pelt carpet bit his rear (and in later concept art by David Witt would also bite at his legs and ankles as the ghost tried to escape).

Bertie

Bertie Dread

Legacy

As of the 2011 update of Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion, a series of tombs decorated with marble busts were added to the queue outside of the Haunted Mansion and which would become known as The Dread Family.  The marble bust of Bertie Dread shares a resemblence to the Big Game Hunter and is also dressed in similar safari-gear to the hunter.  Along with this Bertie's epitaph describes him as having been "An Avid Hunter and Expert Shot" with the original concept art of the character showing him being tormented by his pet snake in a similar manner to how the hunter was tormented by tigers post-mortem.

Trivia

Ken Anderson Trophy

Concept art made by Ken Anderson of an alternate trophy room

  • Keeping in the theme of unused Trophy Hunting concepts, Imagineer Ken Anderson's artwork for Bloodmere Manor often included mounted taxidermy heads as-well.  The different here however was that these heads were human and mounted in a way similar to how a hunter might mount an animal head.  These heads were likely inspired by similar dark-humored gags from the work of Charles Addams, and/or by the short horror story The Most Dangerous Game/The Hounds of Zaroff by Richard Connell where an aristocratic Russian hunter uses a private-island in the Caribbean to hunt man for sport.
  • While the tigers in the trophy room sequence were never incorporated into the ride, the Were-Cat Lady (who was originally a black-panther) got turned into a White Tiger within every current iteration of the attraction.  Also within the Attic sequence, a tiger-skin rug which once belonged to Reginald Caine can be seen within Constance's hoarde.
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