Friday, July 29, 2016

The blog will be updated again on August 8th.
My good friend Sebastien Durand just forwarded some very exciting Disney comics news this morning. I am particularly looking forward to the graphic novel by Loisel, of course!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

While researching the life of Bianca Majolie a few years back, I stumbled upon the following article that some of you might enjoy:

On July 28, 1938, this article appeared in the Lewiston Evening Journal:

“Last month we received a letter from Miss Bianca Majolie, Research Department, Walt Disney Productions, Hollywood, California, reading as follows:
‘We are at work on our third feature, Bambi, which deals with the life of a deer. As a setting for this subject, we are contemplating using New England states—specifically Maine—countryside.
‘Could you inform us where we can obtain photographs and colored slides of scenic backgrounds around that part of the country? Perhaps the travel bureaus, or the schools and colleges might have some material of that sort.
‘We will greatly appreciate your cooperation in this matter and feel that the publicity given your beautiful section of the country might help to compensate you for the trouble taken on our behalf.’
Recalling that Archer Grover, Deputy Commissioner of the State Department of Inland Fisheries and Game had recently shown us some beautiful color photographs (stills, not movies), we referred the letter to him and perhaps you may read in the papers that the Fish and Game Department not only sent photographs for backgrounds but also shipped two live deer. ‘Bambi,’ a ten-weeks-old fawn, accompanied by another fawn of the same age as a companion, to the Walt Disney Studio.
‘Bambi’ will be used as a model for the leading character in Walt Disney’s next full-length picture.
Both fawns are orphans, having been rescued by game wardens after their mothers had died. It is expected they will be returned to Maine after they have finished their movie ‘contract.’”

Monday, July 25, 2016

I just heard that Alberto Becattini's seminal book about the history of Disney comics will soon be released in English by Theme Park Press. The book will not contain any illlustrations (for copyright reasons) but it will still be a "must-have" from my standpoint!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Van Eaton Galleries updated their website this morning and I could not resist sharing this new Mary Blair that they just unearthed and which I hope to include in They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 4.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With the recent passing of Tom Tumbush, it is likely that Tomart's Disneyana Update issue 82 will be the last issue of the magazine. I find it to be very sad news, obviously.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I just realized that the 1980s UK magazine Animator had posted all its archives online. This is a great resource if there is one.

Monday, July 18, 2016

I just received Disney Villains - Delightfully Evil by Jen Darcy. I was hoping that the book might be full of never-seen-before artwork and new information. Unfortunately it is a re-packaging of what most of us have already seen a million times before.

Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice product that should sell well. It's a nice gift for families who have kids with an interest in Disney or for collectors with a passing interest in the art of Disney.

For Disney historians and true Disney history enthusiasts, however, this book is clearly not a "must have". If you do not already own it and want a great book on the same subject, do not forget to pick up The Disney Villain by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, which remains a classic.