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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good news: Michael Barrier is back online and blogging. Do not miss his latest post at this link.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Disney Comics - The Whole Story has finally been released in English thanks to Theme Park Press.

Alberto Becattini is THE worldwide Disney-comics expert (along with David Gerstein) and his book is THE definite history of Disney comics around the world. A "must have" which fills a huge Disney history gap.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dave Lee from Australia conducted a long interview with me this weekend by Skype about They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Musical Years and posted it on YouTube.

I found the format really fun and enjoyed the experience tremendously. This will provide you with a view about the making of the book. Enjoy!