Friday, September 02, 2016

Needless to say, this model sheet created by Johnny Walbridge for the planned remake of Mickey's Man Friday will not be included in They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 3, which will focus on the art and careers of Eduardo Sola Franco, Johnny Walbridge, Jack Miller, Campbell Grant, James Bodrero and Martin Provensen.

As we celebrate the release of They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Musical Years, I also spent time this week finalizing the text for next year's volume (which will be huge) and working on the caption file. All done. I am exhausted. But it is definitely worth it!

10 comments:

Matt Hunter Ross said...

Looking forward to it!

The WEDist said...

Why not? This is a part of this studio's history. leaving it out does a disservice to your readers, and doesn't give them the complete story. When we study history, we must understand that the views of society may be different than those of today. We may not agree with it, but it helps us to fully understand the time period we are studying. I think a book such as yours is the perfect place to discuss these matters. We can all still enjoy Disney, even knowing that 60 + years ago, some things they (and all the other studios!) created would not be acceptable to society today. We have evolved and so has Disney.
Love your blog!

Joost said...

I agree with the WEDist: your book is aimed at an adult audience, so I see no reason at all to exclude a piece of art like this. Including it in the book would even be 'safer' than presenting it online, where there is far more risk of it being used out of context by those aiming to tarnish Walt's reputation.
That said, I am happy that we can see this piece of art one way or another. Looking forward to the book, as always!

Didier Ghez said...

Guys: the sheer naivete of these two comments leaves me speechless. Please look at the name on the cover of the two books, above the title. Please also look at who owns the copyright of both the text and the images of the two books, and finally, please read the first line of the acknowledgments of Volume 1. That will probably answer you better than I am willing to do here, if you can read between the lines.

Joost said...

I get your point Didier and I understand that of course there are corporate restrictions on what can be included and what can't. So my comment was not aimed at you personally; I hope it wasn't taken that way.
Still, it is a pity that even a book aimed at adults with a serious interest in Disney history is bound by these limitations. Again, this is not to take away from your hard work; I can't wait to hold this book in my hands!

Didier Ghez said...

No issue at all Joost. I hope my message did not sound to harsh. There are just rules that need to be followed, whether we like it or not and that is the base condition to be able to share all the rest with all.

Christian S. said...

I can hardly see the date next to 'O.K. by JG'. It's too small for me

Didier Ghez said...

January 6, 1940.

The WEDist said...

Very sorry, I didn't mean to offend. I just meant this is the place to discuss the COMPLETE history of this storied company. The people that read this blog and your books can handle it. Also, I'm sure you would never use copyrighted material in your books without making the proper arrangements. Again, please accept my apology for any unintended offense.

Didier Ghez said...

No worries at all. Apologies if my answer sounded harsh. That was totally unintended.