Friday, March 27, 2015

One of the most astounding documents that I located when working on the first volume of my upcoming coffee-table book series They Drew As They Pleased were the original diaries of artist Ferdinand Horvath. One entries read:

[Feb. 24, 1933 – Friday – 6469 – Studio 8:05am-12. From 10:30am in Publicity Dept. with Tom Wood, work on illustrations for Bob Wagner’s Script.]

I did not know what to make of it at the time, but then, a few days ago, I located this drawing and everything became much clearer.

The early issues of the magazine Script (edited and published by Robert Wagner) seem to have contained a large amount of Disney-related material and I am looking for ways to get access to all of it. I have a few ideas to achieve this. Keep fingers crossed.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Disney Book, which has just been announced on Amazon could be quite fun if one believes the online description:

[The Disney Book is a beautiful, visual exploration of all things Disney from the animated and live-action movies to the theme parks and attractions that have made Disney the beloved brand it is today. This classic DK-style book is packed with stunning visuals including concept art, original story sketches, merchandise, a range of movie posters, and collectibles.

Explore rarely seen treasures including props, art, early merchandise, and more from Disney's extensive archives and celebrate more than 90 years of Disney storytelling and entertainment with The Disney Book.]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On Monday, I posted a note about the artist who created these pieces of concept art for the abandoned Hans Christian Andersen project. I knew that there had been mostly two artists working on the project in the early '40s: John McLeish and a French painter called Charles Hoffbauer. Based on their respective styles I am now 99.9% sure that it was actually Hoffbauer who created this art. We should have more info about the whole thing in a few months since some of Hobbauer's diaries have survived and are preserved in Washington D.C.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

This upcoming book from Theme Park Press could be interesting. I like the cover in all cases.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Based on documentation I located recently, I am almost, but not completely, certain that the pieces of concept art created for the live-action section of the abandoned Disney project about the life of Hans Christian Andersen from the early 1940s were created by story artist (and narrator of the "How to" Goofy short) John McLeish (a.k.a. John Ployardt).

The issue is that I have not been able to find any other piece of art by John McLeish (Disney or non-Disney) and I can't therefore compare the style of these renderings to other works by McLeish (save for as series of totally abstract paintings which are irrelevant).

Could any reader of the blog help?

[UPDATE: I was wrong: I am now 99.9% certain that those paintings were created by Charles Hoffbauer, who worked briefly at the Studio and was one of the two main artists working on the Hans Christian Andersen project, along with McLeish.]

Friday, March 20, 2015

This just in from Dave Bossert:

[Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra proudly presents

LACO @ the movies
celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios

save the date: sat jun 13 @ 7 pm

The Theatre at Ace Hotel
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90015

Dustin Hoffman honorary chairman

Mark Watters, a six-time Emmy Award-winning composer, conducts the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.    

- Two previously “lost” Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts, Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), newly restored, and screened for first time in over 50 years, premiering orchestral scores written by Mark Watters

- Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Silly Symphony Music Land (1935), screened for the first time with live orchestra

- The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1940) with the world premiere of a new adaptation of the score by Mark Watters in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Disney’s timeless classic Fantasia

- Get A Horse (2013) screened for the very first time with live orchestra

- Plane Crazy (1929), the first Mickey Mouse cartoon created by Walt Disney

Plus, additional animated shorts featuring everyone’s favorite Disney character, Mickey Mouse, in The Band Concert (1935), Lonesome Ghosts (1937) and Mickey’s Trailer (1938)

Bring the whole family for a fun and engaging evening of music and film. The event takes place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, a gorgeously restored 1927 Spanish Gothic movie palace at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre district.

Tickets, starting at $35, go on sale in April. This event is recommended for age 6+]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Any one of you knows where we can pick up this book? It seems to have been released recently but does not seem to be available on Amazon. Weird...