Monday, August 29, 2016

I love this candid behind the scenes shot from The Reluctant Dragon. Robert Benchley and Walt Disney on the left, of course and Disney artist Gyo Fujikawa on the right.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Quick reminder: Tuesday next week will mark the official release of They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Musical Years, the second volume of the They Drew As They Pleased book series, which contains even more never-see-before artwork than the first volume and which explores areas of Disney history that have never been discussed before. As you can tell, I am particularly proud of this book and I have a feeling that all of you will really enjoy it.

It features 5 fascinating Disney concept artists: Walt Scott, Kay Nielsen, Sylvia Holland, Retta Scott and David Hall and hopefully will soon be considered a "must have" by most of you.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Would any one of you know personally and wellformer Disney-director and talented artist Pixote (Maurice) Hunt? If so, could you please email me at I need to interview Pixote about his friend Walt Peregoy but I have not managed to get through to him yet.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

September 6 will see the release of the long-awaited book The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember. This is the first book written by the director of The Walt Disney Archives, my good friend Becky Cline.

I have been looking forward to this book about the history of the Burbank Studio for a very long time and I am not diappointed. Yes, I would have loved to see even more photos and more text but that is true when I discover any good book about Disney history.

This volume is full of great illustrations that I had never seen before and when it comes to the text Becky made sure to tap into sources that have not been exploited often (like a great early interview with Bill Garity). The book is aimed at a fairly large audience so by its nature it has to cover some ground that was already covered in many books before, but there is a conscious effort to also explore little known facts and events.

This is a "must have" and a book most of us will thoroughly enjoy for years to come.

I wish a similar volume existed about the Hyperion Studio.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I just ordered this new DVD this weekend on the advice of my friend Todd James Pierce and am looking forward to watching it when it arrives.

Monday, August 22, 2016

This just in from Garry Apgar:

[A copy of the bilingual Italian-English edition of Walt in Wonderland by Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman once owned by Ollie Johnston was sold during Howard Lowery's most recent auction ().

It was inscribed: "For my good pal, Ollie, Merry Christmas — and a Happy '94! With much affection, and all best wishes — Mark." 

One can't help but wonder who the "Mark" in question is. The names of Mark Mayerson and Mark Sonntag come to mind. Walt in Wonderland (long out of print) was published in 1992. So that rules out Mark Twain or Marcus Aurelius, a man of many parts, who for all we know, may have been a fan of fumetti centuries before they were even invented.]

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Disney Books Network was updated yesterday.
I am about to pre-order this Blu-Ray.