Friday, December 09, 2016

Quick reminder about the astounding upcoming auction from Heritage Auctions (December 11). You can see the catalog at this link.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

This just in from Todd James Pierce:

[I know that Bob has been working on this book for years--about his experiences as the last member of Club 55 to retire. He was hired when Disneyland opened, worked with Walt and has a window on Main Street. (I also understand that there's a hardback version that will be available later this month.)]

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

This just in from Bob McLain from Theme Park Press. The book is available at this link.

[Who Let the Mouse Out of the Bag?

In a vault deep beneath Main Street, U.S.A., under princess lock and skeleton key, Disney keeps its big, forbidden book of secrets. This isn't that book. But it's probably the closest we'll ever get to the tales that Disney doesn't tell about your favorite theme park attractions.

For most guests at a Disney theme park, it's enough to know when the park opens, where the rides are, and how long it'll take to get on those rides.

But that's not you, is it? You're not a low-information guest.

You know that a Disney attraction doesn't just pop up in a park one day, no questions asked. There's a method to the magic, a plan for making all that pixie dust happen, a high-stakes, high-thrills narrative available—once upon a time—to insiders only. Now it's demystified for one and all.

Put down that FastPass. You won't need it. You're in the right queue for E-ticket adventures behind the scenes at the Jungle Cruise, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, and many more. Boarding now...

Disney Demystified! When the mystery ends, the magic really begins!]

Monday, December 05, 2016

David Peake just stumbled upon this link which gives us a glimpse into various exciting books to come. Those I am most looking forward to are:

Ink & Paint - The Women of Walt Disney's Animation by Mindy Johnson (Sept. 5, 2017)

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons by David Bossert and David Gerstein (August 29, 2017)

Travels with Walt Disney - A Photographic Voyage Around the World by Jeff Kurtti (July 25, 2017)

A Kiss Goodnight by Richard Sherman, illustrated by Floyd Norman (August 22, 2017)

Shanghai Disneyland - A Celebration of Dreams by Fangxing Pitcher (June 13, 2017)

Friday, December 02, 2016

I am currently working on the chapter about Tom Oreb for the fourth volume of the They Drew As They Pleased book series, and I am learning a lot, as always. For example, I had totally forgotten that Tom Oreb had drawn the cartoons that illutrate the 1943 Disney booklet, The Ropes at Disney.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The last two years have been the best ones in a long, long time when it comes to animated features. From mys standpoint, Zootopia, Inside Out, Kubo and the Two Strings and now Moana are not just animated masterpieces, they are movie masterpieces.

I was glad to watch John  Muster and Ron Clements' latest movie this weekend, I was happy to see that it was a triumph at the box office, and I was delighted to receive this week a review copy of The Art of Moana from Chronicle Books. The Kakamora are my favorite characters in the movie and I loved seeing how the designs evolved.

I am biased, of course, but I have to admit that I love those volumes from Chronicle Books. As always, their passion for the product shows in every single detail.  Once more: kuddos to them!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


On December 11, Heritage Auction will hold another spectacular Animation Art auction. As always, they have located quite a few rare masterpieces including those two spendlid ones by Mary Blair. The one from Susie, the Little Blue Coupe is one of only 5 pieces by Mary Blair from that short that I am aware of.

You can check out the catalog at this link.