Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We are in the middle of our move to Miami. The blog will be updated again in two weeks, around November 12 when things settle down a little.

And a few more by T. Hee.

Harry Tytle

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wonderful series of caricatures of Disney artists by T. Hee currently on auction through Bonham's. (Thanks to Gunnar Andreassen for the heads up.) There are a lot more (not shown online, unfortunately). I wish I could buy them all. Please, if some of you does so, could he or she send scans?

 Larry Landsburgh
 Lou Debney
 Lulu Cavette
 Martin Provensen
 Paul Allen
 Ray Patin
 Peter O'Crotty
 Peter the Hermit
 Pinto Colvig
 Roy Williams, George Stallings, Dana Coty
 Shirley Temple
 Ted Sears
 Ted Sears
 Wilfred Jackson
 Walter Catlett and Don Brodie
 Webb Smith
 Norm Ferguson and Lou Debney
Lee Harline
 Norm Blackburn
 Norm Ferguson
 Otto Englander
 Perce Pearce
 Ray Disney
 Roy Williams
 Ted Sears
 Ted Sears
 Walt Pfeiffer
 Ward Kimball
 Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball

Friday, October 26, 2012

Another book I am really looking forward to picking up next year is The Noble Approach: Art and Designs of Maurice Noble by Tod Polson.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Let's admit it: not since Monsters Inc. have I looked forward so much to seeing an upcoming Pixar or Disney movie. I simply can't wait to discover Wreck-it Ralph. I love the concept of the movie, and, based on the trailer, I adore the characters.

So I was extremely excited to receive the "Art of" book this week and to see that it does not disappoint. The artwork is beautiful (I had forgotten that Glen Keane had contributed to the project, by the way), I love the design of the characters and I really enjoy the backgrounds.

As always, I would have loved to see a little bit more text in this book, but the idea is to show the art, so the editor's choice is pretty logical overall.

Let's hope the movie will be as good as I am forecasting...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This just in from Werner Weiss through Jim Korkis:

[Disney Legend Ray Watson died:


Here's what I wrote 17 months ago at http://www.yesterland.com/wrather.html

I’m also glad to see Ray Watson honored. My respect for Watson comes from things he did as the head of the Irvine Company, especially how Upper Newport Bay became a protected wildlife refuge under his leadership. But Watson played a very important role at Disney as Chairman at a critical time when the company was in danger of being broken up before the arrival of Eisner and Wells. He served on Disney’s Board of Directors for over 30 years. Watson will turn 85 this year.]

Marty Sklar's long-awaited autobiography, Dream It! Do It! (The People, The Places, The Projects): My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms is finally available for pre-order on Amazon. Release date: August 13, 2013.

This small note was released in the magazine Film Daily from April 7, 1936

[Interviewing Disney Man Carter Ludlow, Walt Disney representative, who is in New York in search of "animators" for the enlarged Disney studios, will be interviewed by Sam Taylor, radio screen commentator, over WOR at 7:15 tonight.]

This is one interview I really wished had been recorded.

Don't forget that this book will be released tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Here is a book I simply can't wait to get my hands on. I knew that David Gerstein was working on it but I had not seen it announced on Amazon yet (thanks to Todd James Pierce for the heads up).

Oh, am I looking forward to that one!! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!! (spoken with Mickey's voice, of course.)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Did any of you pick up this new book? Is it good? Bad? Neutral?

The Disney Books Network was updated over the weekend.
Do not miss today:

- Backstage at the Golden Horseshoe by Todd James Pierce
- Arthur’s Bar Mitzvah by Jake Friedman
- The Art of the Disney Poster by Jim Korkis
- D23 Presents: Cinderella Stories by Courtney Potter
- Did anyone get invited to this? by David Lesjak
- The "World Famous Cartoonist" . . . and a frog named Flip by David Lesjak

Friday, October 19, 2012

As some of you know, I have been researching for the last 15 months the details of Walt's trip to Europe in 1935. I just discovered that United Artists' publicity chief for England and Europe  at the time was a person called Francis Meynell. By researching his name, I found out that he had written an autobiography, which seems to include a small section about Disney. Not sure yet how much there is in there, but I just ordered the book and will let you know when I find out.