Friday, October 24, 2014

Seven years ago, I posted about a Mickey Mouse comic book written and drawn by a French POW during WWII. Since then I had always wanted to read that comic book. Thankfully we will be able to do so soon, since it will be released in book form next month. I love those off-the-beaten-path documents and am extremely excited about this one.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I had the pleasure of getting a review copy of the book Disney Destinies released recently by Theme Park Press. It's a good book, but it is a light book and a book aimed at "beginners", not at Disney historians. Not a lot was new from my standpoint but I especially enjoyed the short biographies of George Kalogridis and Vesey Walker who were Disney people I had not heard about before.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This new book, in French about the history of the Journal de Mickey has been released today. I have not had a chance to see it as my plane left Paris for Miami yesterday. I will order it on and let you know what it is worth when I get it.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The blog will be updated again on October 23.
This just in from Lars Emanuelsson:

[Almost three years ago now, a post on this blog related a story, originally sent to Jim Korkis as a follow-up on an article about the Snow White premiere.

The content was this: for the Snow White premiere, Gustaf Tenggren was presented with an envelope with two tickets. But his wife Mollie didn’t like the seats they were given so she didn’t attend. Years later Gustaf had given the envelope and ticket to a friend in the children’s book trade. The e-mail sender had acquired the ticket but had since sold it.

As a Tenggren biographer I was quite moved by this story. Gustaf had attended the Snow White premiere without his wife, and he had kept the remaining ticket as a token. He was not as discontent with his time at Disney’s after all, I thought.

I was really curious of who the person was that had received the ticket from Gustaf. With the tremendous and kind help of Jim Korkis, I finally got hold of the previous owner of the ticket, and wrote to him to ask who he bought it from. The seller proved to be a person I had known since 1990, when I first started my Tenggren research. His report of the events changed my idea totally.

The parents of the seller had met the Tenggren’s while travelling in Mexico. After Tenggren’s moving to Maine, the seller’s parents worked for Tenggren around the house for some years. After Gustaf’s death, the seller visited Mollie several times. At one of these visits, Mollie presented him with the ticket and told him the story about it: Gustaf didn’t like the places, so he didn’t want to go. Apparently she must have attended herself, since there was only one ticket left. The seller kept it for a long time but later, reluctantly, sold it to a friend, who then sold it on E-bay years later. Unfortunately, none of the owners had a scan of the ticket.

After hearing this last version of the story, my previous image of Gustaf was turned upside down, and in a disappointing way. It indicated that he was just as grumpy as I had suspected after all. Just to think that he participated in this historical and fantastic production without going to its premiere, just because he was discontent with their seating. What a grouch!

If the present owner of the ticket and its envelope reads this, and would like to share a scan of it, I would be truly grateful!

Lars Emanuelsson


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Kindle editions of both Animation Anecdotes and Vault of Walt Volume 3 are now up at Amazon. And on Saturday, November 8, Jim Korkis will be the guest speaker at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco speaking about Walt Disney's work with Wernher von Braun on the three Disney outer space television shows produced in the 1950s for Walt's weekly television program. You can find out more information at the museum website.

For more info about Animation Anecdotes, check this article.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Good news: Walt's People - Volume 15 was sent to the publisher last week and should be available at some point within the next two months. Once again, I love the caricatures that John Musker created for the cover!