Friday, December 24, 2010
Disneyland Mickey Mouse Club Circus / 1955 - 1956
This just in from Todd James Pierce:
[I've seen home movies of the 1955/6 Disneyland Circus before. (I have some, but they aren't particularly great.) But I've never seen the Disney characters in the circus in a home movie.
This looks like a combination of a few things:
The Mickey/Minnie look like the ice show costumes again. Or at least they have the same zigzag cutouts on the mouth.Some--maybe all--of the other characters may have been from the ice show as well.It doesn't look like these dwarfs are from the Carthay Circle premiere in 1938.
Now the interesting part: About five years ago, I was talking to someone who swore she remembered character costumes being made at the studio for Disneyland during the summer of 1955. I filed that away in the "probably mis-remembered" category. But maybe she was right. Maybe there were some costumes made up at the studio that year???]
The same person who posted that clip on YouTube, also posted a rare video of C.V. Wood. See below:
Rare Clip of C.V. Wood / Disneyland General Manager
[Saw your blog, and thought you might want to know I have David Hand's son doing a screening of his father's Animaland cartoons in Broomfield, CO Jan. 15. Some of your readers might be interested. Hand, Jr. has a studio in Broomfield.]
Thursday, December 23, 2010
What would YOU add to this list?
- Bob Thomas' lost interviews (especially those conducted in the mid-'50s for The Art of Animation and in the '60s for Walt Disney - Magician of the Movies)
- The lost interviews conducted by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston for The Illusion of Life
- Eric Larson’s autobiography manuscript (40 Years at the Mouse House)
- Manuscript of Jack Speirs' autobiography
- The rumored (but unconfirmed) autobiography of Roy Williams
- All of Dave Smith's not-yet-transcribed interviews
- All the letters to Dave Smith by people who knew Walt or worked for Walt
- All of Michael Barrier's and JB Kaufman's not-yet-released interviews
- A full-run of the DeMolay Disney comics
- A complete list of the Disney TV ads produced in the ‘50s
- Production information about the Disney TV ads produced in the ‘50s
- Production information / correspondence / other documents related to the Disney section created for Douglas Fairbanks’ Around the World in 80 Minutes
- Visual elements linked to Mary Pickford's Alice in Wonderland project
- The 1933 Technicolor test for Disney's / Pickford's Alice in Wonderland project
- All the lost Alice Comedies and Disney Oswald cartoons
- Exclusive Geek Out: 'Tron: Legacy' Screenwriters Discuss the Mythology; Address Key Story Decisions by Todd Gilchrist
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
- Phew! What a year. by Ed Gombert
- This is what I mean! by Ed Gombert
- Dan Haskett Interview (and more) by Mark Mayerson (and Steve Hulett)
- 73rd Anniversary: Snow White Premiere at The Carthay Circle Theater by Dave De Caro
- The Best Walt Christmas Story by Jim Korkis
- British Disney Christmas tree lights by David Lesjak
- Snow White at the Carthay - 73 years tonight by David Lesjak
- From Jiminy Cricket to Phineas and Ferb by Greg Ehrbar
- MEET THE FILMMAKERS OF "THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN BROTHERS' STORY" by Greg Ehrbar
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Do not miss today:
- Tangled : An Interview with Disney Designer Laurent Ben-Mimoun by Jérémie Noyer
- In memoriam - Walt Disney - December 15, 1966 by David Lesjak
- David Hand Book of Keys – look inside by Mitch Manuel
- David Hand Book of Keys – reference pages by Mitch Manuel
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This just in:
[I’m researching a Colorado artist in the museum collection named Ardis Sturdy. I have found a couple of references to her being an artist for Disney in either “the 1940s” or “the early years.” I think her dates are 1918-2003.
Does that name ring a bell? Or, could you recommend a resource to try to track her down from the Disney angle?
The artist may have been in the ink and paint department as one of the jobs her nephew remembers his aunt telling him is that she painted the tail on pluto drawings.
She moved to Colorado in the 1950s and was an active artist until her death. Her later style is abstract.]
I have never heard of Ardis. Would anyone have any information about her?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
D23's Armchair Archivists
Each day I like more and more what D23 is doing. I already mentioned a while back the first episode of the YouTube series Armchair Archivists. Since then D23 has launched 4 more episodes and the first of those at least is a must see for all of us.
Do not miss today:
- Former Disney CEO Ron Miller recalls his own "TRON" legacy by Leo Holzer
- Walt Talks Art by Jim Korkis
- Snow's in the forecast - shovel, or snowball fight? by David Lesjak
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
While this part of animation history is not as such "Disney history" the links with Disney history are so strong that I would love to see an animation historian write an in-depth article about the subject.
Charles Solomon, maybe, since his book The History of Animation, Enchanted Drawings contains a few great pages on the subject... or maybe one of the readers of this blog?
It looks as if a whole book is being written about the 1st Motion Picture Unit itself (but not its animation division as such). I really hope that an animation historian will decide to tackle the subject in the near future.
Do not miss today:
- The Art Of Disney’s Tangled: an interview with author Jeff Kurtti by Jérémie Noyer
- 1930s Donald Duck gift tags by David Lesjak
- "Meet Me At Merkel's Toyland" - Mickey Mouse pin by David Lesjak
- Disney corporate Christmas card - unused art by David Lesjak
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
[Volume 1 : de Blanche Neige à Tarzan
Ashman, Howard (La Petite Sirène)
Baker, Norman « Buddy » (Les Aventures de Winnie l’Ourson)
Bancroft, Tony (Mulan)
Beaumont, Kathryn (Alice au Pays des Merveilles ; Peter Pan)
Benson, Jodi (La Petite Sirène)
Broughton, Bruce (Bernard et Bianca au Pays des Kangourous)
Carel, Roger (Pinocchio)
Champion, Marge (Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains)
Costa, Mary (La Belle au Bois Dormant)
Darbois, Richard (Aladdin)
Davis, Alice (Les 101 Dalmatiens)
Davis, Lisa (Les 101 Dalmatiens)
Deja, Andreas (Les 101 Dalmatiens)
Foster-Wells, Holly (La Belle et le Clochard)
Gillespie, Sarah (La Petite Sirène)
Hale, Joe (Taram et le Chaudron Magique)
Hulett, Steve (Rox et Rouky)
Keane, Glen (La Belle et la Bête)
Lauch, William (La Petite Sirène)
Lee, Peggy (La Belle et le Clochard)
Leven, Mel (Les 101 Dalmatiens)
Leven, William (Les 101 Dalmatiens)
Lima, Kevin (Tarzan)
Mancina, Mark (Tarzan)
Mattinson, Burny (La Belle au Bois Dormant)
Menken, Alan (La Petite Sirène ; La Belle et la Bête ; Aladdin ; Pocahontas)
Norman, Floyd (Le Livre de la Jungle)
Redford, JAC (Cendrillon) 27
Scribner, George (Oliver & Compagnie) 131
Sherman, Richard M. (Merlin l’Enchanteur ; Mary Poppins ; Le Livre de la Jungle ; Les Aristochats) 69 ; 75 ; 95 ; 111
Smith, Lella (Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains) 18
Starobin, Michael (Le Bossu de Notre-Dame) 211
Troob, Danny (La Belle et la Bête ; Aladdin, Pocahontas) 164 ; 183 ; 201
Zimmer, Hans (Le Roi Lion) 199
Volume 2 : De Dinosaure à Toy Story 3
Anderson, Stephen J. (Bienvenue chez les Robinson)
Casarosa, Enrico (Ratatouille ; Là-Haut)
Clements, Ron (La Princesse et la Grenouille)
DeBlois, Dean (Lilo & Stitch)
Debney, John (Kuzco, l’Empereur Mégalo ; Chicken Little)
Deja, Andreas (Lilo & Stitch)
Docter, Pete (Là-Haut)
Giacchino, Michael (Les Indestructibles ; Ratatouille)
Hahn, Don (Atlantide, l’Empire Perdu)
Henn, Mark (La Princesse et la Grenouille)
Howard, James Newton (Dinosaure ; Atlantide)
Keali‟I Ho‟omalu, Mark (Lilo & Stitch)
Keane, Glen (La Planète au Trésor)
Mancina,Mark (Frère des Ours)
Menken, Alan La Ferme se Rebelle)
Moshier, Joe (Volt, Star Malgré Lui)
Musker, John (La Princesse et la Grenouille)
Navone, Victor (Wall-E ; Toy Story 3)
Newman, Randy (Monstres & Cie ; Cars)
Newman, Thomas (Le Monde de Némo)
Pinkava, Jan (Ratatouille)
Ruppel, Robh (Bienvenue chez les Robinson)
Sanders, Chris (Lilo & Stitch)
Slater, Glenn (La Ferme se Rebelle)
Spencer, Clark (Lilo & Stitch)
Williams, Steve “Spaz” (The Wild) ]
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Which I why I have really been looking forward to Tron:Legacy and why I hope that movie will have a great script. In the meantime I like the way Disney is promoting it at the moment and really appreciate the books they have released to do so. The idea of writting a "middle-quel" in comic book form is a good one and while I find the art of that comic-book way too childish the concept is appealling enough to mention on this blog (I also like the idea of the Digicomics created around Epic Mickey - those are all ideas that sound very Disney to me instead of re-hash of things we have seen done a million times in the past).
When it comes to the "making of" book, since I am first and foremost a "reader" I was disapointed by the amount of text it contains (way too little), but I liked the artwork and the way it was presented overall.
Those two books are not must-have for any of us I believe but I feel they deserved to be mentioned here.
Friday, December 03, 2010
[This Saturday he will be a guest speaker at Pixelmania which is a group of amateur Disney theme park photographers:
Last night (Wed.Dec. 1) he also was on Shokus Internet Radio http://shokusradio.com/ along with Jerry Beck and they reviewed the three recently released Disney documentaries and Jerry talked about upcoming Looney Tunes projects. The show was live but reruns three times a day 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time (three hours later on the East Coast) if anyone wants to listen. ]
[Disney Historian Jim Korkis is an avid reader with many interests outside of Disney and as a result he sometimes stumbles on Disney information in magazines and books that other Disney fans might miss.
Jim writes: "I recently found two gems of Disney information in the latest issue of the cult film magazine, FILMFAX #125 relating to two former Disney employees who worked at the Disney Studio while Walt was alive. On one page, Ron Lizorty writes: "Chris Mueller came from a long line of sculptors. He and his dad sculpted a magnificent building in Balboa Park (when Chris was 17). Chris sculpted the temple in Korda's Thief of Bagdad and the snake in Korda's Jungle Book. Chris sculpted a lot for Disney--just about everything at Disneyland including the Jungle Cruise wild animals with Marcel (King Kong) Delgado, including the Peter Pan pirate ship. He even sculpted the ornate doors and air vents in the New Orleans Square sector."
Later in the same issue Ross Plesset has an article about Joe Alves who helped art direct H.R. Pufnstuf and directed Jaws 3-D. However he got his start at Disney as Plesset writes: "Alves found himself assisting Josh Meador animated the Id Monster for MGM's Forbidden Planet. During his time at Disney, Alves also had a personal encounter with Walt Disney, himself. While drawing an object for Sleeping Beauty (which Alves vaguely recalls as being a cookie), a hand came down over his desk and a voice said, "It should be drawn this way." The young artist looked up to see Walt Disney and replied, "Okay, Walt." He also saw firsthand Disney's well known tendency tobe very hands on, and his concerns about budget."
NOTE TO DIDIER: Mueller passed away but Alves is apparently still very much alive and still working as an artist/designer in the business. Maybe someone can track him down for an interview of his time at Disney and working with Meador. Forbidden Planet was 1956 and obviously Alves who was at MGM at the time went to Disney from there to work on Sleeping Beauty in 1959 and may have been one of the victims of the lay off after that film's release and then went into live action.
ANOTHER NOTE TO DIDIER: A new site came on the internet on December 1st and will be there through December and then disappear in January. www.mousevent.com is an Advent Calendar for Disney fans with each day a 5-7 minute story from a different Disney fan. On December 1st, Jim Hill talks about how character breakfasts started at Walt Disney World from a "Breakfast With Santa" in the Seventies. Jim Korkis tells a Disney Christmas story on December 15.]
[Just wanted to let you know that your listing for Chris Merritt: Disney Park Posters is incorrect. It will be written by myself (Danny Handke) and Vanessa Hunt, and tentatively titled "The Art of Disney Attraction Posters." Disney Editions is the publisher and the release date is still TBD 2011.
It's going to be an amazing book...full of great stories and poster art - most rare or never before seen! ]
Walt's People - Volume 10 update
As some of you have noticed Walt's People - Volume 10 is late (I was hoping to release it in November). The good news is that I have now received all the corrections I needed to get from all the contributors. I should be able to integrate them in the manuscript by the end of the year, so Volume 10 should be ready by February next year.
I am of course already hard at work on volumes 11 and 12.
- Kim Irvine honors WED's pioneers with her work at the Disneyland Design Studio by Jim Hill (I have conducted an in-depth interview with Kim that will be released in Walt's People - Volume 11).
- The gang's all here - Hank Porter Christmas art by David Lesjak
- Vintage Headlines: Ardent Youth Barred by Jeff Pepper
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Do not miss today:
- The Wonderful World of Disney Books by Jim Korkis
- Once You've Grown Up You Can Never Come Back by Jeff Pepper
- Revisiting the Fantasias, Experiencing Destino by Jeff Pepper
- Disney History at Its Documented Best by Jeff Pepper
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
[The Walt Disney Family Museum has just released a beautiful hardcover photo book titled "Picturing the Walt Disney Family Museum". There is light text in the book by Founding Executive Director Richard Benefield, and a forward by Diane Disney Miller. The book is a large format book of glossy photos of each gallery in the museum. It highlights key artifacts in each gallery and has gorgeous overview shots of Gallery 9 and the a two page spread of the amazing Disneyland Model. Photography is not allowed in the galleries to protect the documents and artwork, so this book is a must have souvenir of a visit to the WDFM. ]
Apparently, the book retails for $34.95 and can be purchased in the Museum Store, or online (starting December 10) at http://www.waltdisney.org/.
[After a year of touring film festivals and art house cinemas, corporations and art schools, WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY is finally headed to DVD this week, November 30! The disc holds 80 amazing minutes of bonus material, out-of-picture scenes, and never-before-seen footage of Howard Ashman, Joe Ranft and other greats of the time. A separate audio commentary hosted by Don Hahn and Peter Schneider features all new sound bites by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Glen Keane, Mike Gabriel, Rob Minkoff, Kirk Wise, and the last interview done by Roy Disney. Follow us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WakingSleepingBeauty
Celebrate the brilliant people behind Disney Animation past and present with WSB for the Holidays.
By the way, sharp-eyed Greg Ehrbar spots a Jim Korkis cameo in WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY today on his blog.
Do not miss today:
- Wanna learn more about Disney's "Musicana" ? Then go pick up a copy of the "Fantasia" Blu-ray by Jim Hill
- Can the "Fantasia" Blu-ray help raise the Walt Disney Family Museum 's profile? by Jim Hill
- Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse! (belated post) by David Lesjak
- 1934 Disney corporate Christmas card art by David Lesjak
- Don Hahn discusses Fantasia 2000 and Waking Sleeping Beauty by Jeremie Noyer
Monday, November 29, 2010
Would any of you have access to the Disney strike footage that was posted about two years ago on the John Basmajian collection website? The link to the site has been down for a while and a good friend needs it for a lecture.
[Update: Actually I just found it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L2CEAdklmg]
Sunday, November 28, 2010
[Due to circumstances beyond my control the Disney auction for December 9th2010 Has been moved to the year 2011. I will inform you of the date as soon aspossible. Thank you for showing interest . The date will also be posted onmy web site and Bloomsbury auction web site as soon as it is available.]
- "Turn on the Radio So I can Watch a Movie!" by Greg Ehrbar
- HAPPY THANKSGIVING From Walt, Mickey, Minnie, Mortie, Ferdie, & DHI by Paul F. Anderson
- MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM DISNEYLAND by Paul F. Anderson
- Walt's Journey to Oz by Jim Korkis
- Børge Ring on Disney's Alice in Wonderland by Michael Barrier
- M-I-C K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E CLUB: Event Recap!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Jerry says: "This has some very readable and important pieces by some of my favorite writers: Karl Cohen on blacklisted animators, Charles Solomon on Disney’s wartime cartoons, J.B. Kaufman on pioneering animation distributor Margaret Winkler, John Canemaker on - what else? – Winsor McCay, Linda Simensky on Bugs Bunny Merchandising, Michael Frierson on Gumby, Helen McCarthy on Miyazaki’s Totoro and on and on… absolutely great stuff. Authoritative and a very enjoyable read. It’s a good one. Get it. "
- M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!!! by Paul F. Anderson
- "TRON Betrayal" bridges the gap between Disney's 1982 original and "TRON Legacy" by Jim Hill
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Ley, along with Van Braun and Heinz Haber, was of course also employed by the Studio at the time as adviser on Ward Kimball's space shows.
The Willy Ley papers are preserved at National Air and Space Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution) in Washington D.C. Among the documents preserved is Ley's correspondence throughout the years.
If one of you lives in Washington D.C. could you visit those archives and check Boxes 1 and 2 which contain Ley's correspondence from the '50s to find out if he discusses his work at Disney? Box 33contains documents about Man in Space (folder 7) and could also be of interest.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
I was trying to find some information yesterday about the person in charge of the building of the Disney Burbank Studio in the late '30s, Frank Crowhurst. I googled his name and found something about him in an old article by Jim Korkis. I then started researching Disney and the space shows by Kimball, as background material related to an interview with artist Bill Bosche by Dave Smith which I unearthed recently, and realized that Jim Korkis had just wrote a great essay on the subject. My fascination with the DeMolay Disney comics started thanks to another article by Jim Korkis. And on it goes.
Which is why I was delighted to receive my review copy of The Vault of Walt last week. I am of the old school and still find it more practical to browse through a physical book than to search the web, so having so many of Jim's columns gathered in one place is sheer pleasure. There is more: since Jim has expanded on those columns tremendously I have also discovered tons of new information.
In other words, as I had hoped, The Vault of Walt is clearly a must have for any serious Disney enhusiast. The only thing missing (as is the case in the Walt's People series - but we are working on that) is an index at the end.
The exciting news is that I believe Jim is already at work on future volumes. I can tell you that I will be the first to pick them up.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I was browsing Amazon yesterday trying to identify new upcoming books about Disney history and stumbled upon something weird: a whole series of books about Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Steamboat Willie, Flowers and Trees, The Wise Little Hen (and on it goes), by an author called Diana Rowe, all to be released on November 1, 2010 by an unknown publisher called 6 Degrees Books.
I googled 6 Degrees Books but could not find anything about them and all the books they are planning to release according to Amazon are listed as November 1, 2010 (including the non-Disney ones). As to Diana Rowe's web site it does not even mention those upcoming Disney books. Very, very weird.
Do anyone know what this is all about?
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
My only slight reservations are that we have seen many of those drawings before (not the ones I mention above). I have the feeling that the Animation Research Library could really have unearthed a few more unknown treasures, especially when it comes to Disney shorts, Mary Blair, Ferdinand Horvath, David Hall, etc. I also have an issue with the fact that exactly half of the book is focused on post-1988 artwork. There is clearly a "political" decision at work there which bothers me.
Then again, those are minore qualms. I can't wait to see the next instalment in this series.
Do not miss today:
- The Three Disney Space Shows That Never Were by Jim Korkis
- How Disney Legend Jack Hannah helped open "The Vault of Walt" for Jim Korkis by Jim Hill