Friday, February 16, 2018

Just found online this photo of Walt at the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This just in from Are Myklebust:

[I found this very interesting photo on a Charlie Chaplin website to day:

Members of United Artists at United Airport in Burbank, July 1933

L-R: Ed Finney, Hal Horne, Walt Disney, Al Lichtman, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Joe Schenck.

The first four were heading to Chicago for a convention of film exhibitors.

Link to the blog posting for details and identification:

Futher information about the four lesser known persons on the photo:

Edward Finney (1903 - 1983), film producer.
Hal Horne (1893 - 1955), publicity director for UA (and later a publisher).
Al Lichtman (1888 - 1958), businessman and film producer.
Joseph M. Schenck (1878 - 1961), Russian-born film studio executive.]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This just in from David Peake:

[I just found this  today on the Hachette Book Group website:

Practically Poppins In Every Way - A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders by Jeff Kurtti (November 2018).

Also the Taschen Disneyland book has dropped off the Amazon website.
The Ub Iwerks and Monorail books both have release dates in 2019.]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This just in from Theme Park Press about this new book, for your information:

[The Past in Mint Condition

Film critic Josh Spiegel analyzes in depth the poignant themes of loss and nostalgia that run beneath the exuberant playfulness of the Toy Story and Cars films. He concludes with a chapter on Disney animation in the 2010s. With photos.

Pixar tickled a yearning in adults who gave up their own Woodys and Buzzes but still cling to the idealized wood and plastic and stuffing of their lost-forever youth. As their own children face forward to the future with Buzz Lightyear's "To infinity...and beyond!" they hear just an echo from their past.

Spiegel adroitly positions the Pixar films as not just animated fodder for the kids but as surprisingly sophisticated—and introspective—fare for the grown-ups.

"Affectionate, vivid, and insightful. ... Even if you've seen these movies a thousand times, you'll discover something new about how yearning for the past defined the future of animation."
—Anthony Breznican, Entertainment Weekly]

Monday, February 12, 2018

I just received two good books about Walt Disney World: One by Aaron Goldberg (released by Quaker Scribe Publishing and the other one by Andrew Kirste (released by Theme Park Press).

If you have read Andrew's previous two volumes you know that his work is quite in depth and will satisfy those of us who want to know about the most minute details in the parks and about the historical background.

Aaron's volume takes a different approach: it is much more of a summary, but it is illustrated and highlights some details about the making of each of the attractions.

Both are really good books for park enthusiasts.

Friday, February 09, 2018

I did not learn a whole lot in this wonderful new book about the Sherman Brothers, but it is a good read and Katheryn did locate a few new sources of information which do make this volume special and worth having if you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about the most famous of Disney's song-writing teams.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

I just received a copy of this new book from Theme Park Press and can confirm that the quality of the research and of the writing is truly excellent. This will become of of the two key reference books about the making on Animal Kingdom (along with the Melody Malmberg book which was released in 1998). A "must have" for park enthusiasts.