Friday, November 16, 2018

Stunning auction coming up at Heritage Auctions. Here are a few of the highlights. Madame Upanova by Campbell Grant (above)...
 A beautiful David Hall for Peter Pan...
This Photostat caught my attention because of story artist Eric Gurney's initials under the drawing at the bottom right which confirms that he created this specific model sheet.
 Great Big Bad Wolf drawings by Ferdinand Horvath.
And some original art for the model sheet of Mickey's Service Station!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

This just in from Theme Park Press about the 7th volume of The Vault of Walt:

[Deck the Halls with Disney!

Those stockings hung by the chimney with care aren't stuffed with toys this year, but with a Yuletide collection of seasonal Disney lore. Put some extra Christmas (and Disney!) magic under your tree with Jim Korkis' jolly compendium of merry mouse tales.

The best-selling Vault of Walt series has brought serious, but fun, Disney history to tens of thousands of readers. Now in its seventh volume, the series features Disney historian and master storyteller Jim Korkis' meticulously researched, entertaining tales about Disney's films, theme parks, and Walt himself; and this time they're brimming with holiday cheer:

- The making of Disney classic holiday films like Mickey's Christmas Carol and Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas

- The truth behind Walt Disney's ambivalent attitude toward Christmas

- The story of how Disney creates its holiday parades, decorations, and
processionals in the theme parks

- The rundown of Disney's many Christmas comic books and giveaways, including Walt's early involvement with Toys for Tots

- The history of such "extinct" Disney theme park holiday celebrations as Lights of Winter and Port Orleans Christmas

And best of all: you don't have to wait until Christmas morning!]


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 Two very interesting books have just been released in Italian. Can't wait to get them...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The new Disney Twenty Three magazine is about to be released. A few good articles in there, including one about the making of Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

Monday, November 12, 2018

A few days ago, French animation artist Jacques Muller passed away, which is extremely sad news.

Days after his death, I learned that he had self-published a massive autobiography, which I plan to order very soon. I just realized that some of you might want to know about it, hence this post.

Friday, November 09, 2018

I am very much looking forward to the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet. I loved the first movie and I have a feeling (based on the trailer) that this second installment will be excellent.

The "art of" book which I just got from Chronicle Books only heightened my eagerness to see the film. It is full of fun concept art and new characters who look very promising.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Michael Barrier has just released his 1986 interview with Les Novros, Bill Hurtz, and Paul Julian. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

I realize it is expensive but the new Mickey Mouse Taschen book by David Gerstein and JB Kaufman is a "must have". The amount of new material it contains is absolutely stunning. The chapter about the unproduced Mickey shorts is truly revolutionary.

You can see a preview here.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

In a cafe in Lucca, my good friend Matteo Moriconi discovered this music sheet from 1933 owned by collector Piero Caniparoli. The music of "Topolino va soldato" was composed in 1933 by Carlo Alberto Pizzini.

According to a site about the composer, Walt Disney heard the music played in Rome on Saturday, July 20, 1935 during the special gala evening in his honor that he attended at the Roman Barberini film theater.

You can listen to a recording of the music at this link.



Friday, November 02, 2018

I love those two early British posters which I discovered recently on the web site of the auction house Bonhams.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A huge Mickey Mouse exhibition will take place at the Castello di Desenzano near Verona in Italy starting on November 10 this year. A catalog in Italian and English is being prepared and will be released towards the end of November. I am currently writing an essay which will be included in that catalog.

Friday, October 26, 2018

In the new Hake's auction there is a also an item that I had never seen before: a pre-WWII pig from Spain by the company Ernesto Cahn. By looking for more online, I found the three pigs in their original box. I will now have to try and find more info about Ernesto Cahn...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The new auction from Hake's contains a few marvelous items. My favorite is this specific piece of artwork. The caption (which I checked for accuracy before it was published) reads:

[15x17.75" frame contains mixed media concept original art for an unproduced Disney project adapting Rudolf Erich Raspe's Baron Munchausen character, specifically Jack Pearl's radio characterization. Art is by Bill Herwig, who joined the Disney studio in Jan. 1934. While all production documentation for this project appears to be lost, a 1935 memo from Disney's Story Research Department mentions a Baron Munchausen idea w/a list of projects in progress including a "Baron Mickey" listed w/story number "M 502." A few years earlier, Disney had begun looking into a way to splice animated sequences into other studios live action films, in a way to add to their exposure while at the same time minimizing the cost of producing a full length feature film on their own. MGM was approached about "The Adventures Of Munchausen" project, w/MGM's David O. Selznick noting that Disney's animation would be the perfect vehicle for conveying the Baron's tendency for telling tall tales. Sadly this project w/Disney's involvement never came to be. The film was eventually released as "Meet The Baron," a solely live action film starring Jack Pearl and Jimmy Durante. Offered here is a glimpse into what might have been. The wonderfully watercolored scene shows a magical kingdom, complete w/a multi-tiered castle (w/some roofs and walls made of Swiss cheese) set against a starry bkg. featuring many stars and a few ringed planets. Herwig has signed in pencil at lower right and art has been attractively matted to 8.25x11". Displays Exc. Superbly detailed original art from a lost Disney project. Rare.]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

And I also received my personal copy of Jim Korkis's Secret Stories of Mickey Mouse and love seeing all those facts about Mickey gathered in a single volume.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

I just received copies of two of Jim Korkis's latest books: More Secret Stories of Disneyland and Other Secret Stories of Walt Disney World. As always, it is a true pleasure to get Jim's new books and to see even more little-know stories collection in physical volumes.

Way to go to both Jim and Theme Park Press!

Monday, October 22, 2018

While I did not get to see this exhibition in Paris, I was glad to get the catalog thanks to a French friend. Not a "must have" by any stretch of the imagination but definitely a document that I loved to get.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

I am curious about this upcoming book, which seems to include at least one section about Disney animation in Australia...

Monday, October 08, 2018

This just in from Theme Park Press about Jim Korkis' new book:

[Mickey Mouse! This Is Your Life...

In this one-of-a-kind "biography," Disney historian Jim Korkis chronicles the animated life of Mickey Mouse, from his birth on a train to proud parents Walt and Lillian Disney, to his upcoming 90th birthday bash. It's the full and complete story of Disney's forever-young mouse.

Most Disney fans nowadays experience Mickey as a costumed character in the theme parks. He has no TV show, no franchise of feature films. His heyday was before most of us were born. But Mickey has endured as a uniquely American symbol, and the best way to "meet" Mickey is not with an autograph book but with a fun look back at both his public and his private life.

In over 100 short chapters, Korkis covers every noteworthy event in the mouse’s life, including Mickey’s cartoon career, where he lives, whether he’s married, his suicide attempt, hidden Mickeys, the “men behind the mouse,” and much, much more.

No hype, no studio-approved narrative: it's all here, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows.

100% GENUINE MICKEY!]


Friday, October 05, 2018

I have been waiting for this book for close to 10 years, since it was first announced by Disney Editions around 2009.

From All of Us to All of You The Disney Christmas Card by Jeff Kurtti does not disappoint: not only are all the Disney Christmas Cards from the XXth century reproduced in the book, Jeff also took the time to write short bios of some of the artists who created them. I also love some of the visual bonuses he included, especially the two Latin American Christmas designs of Donald and Panchito by Hank Porter, which I had never seen in a book before.

Way to go Jeff!  

Thursday, October 04, 2018

This huge book in Spanish about the Disney songs will be released in Spain in a few day. I have not seen it yet and therefore cannot comment on its content.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

I just received a review copy of The Art of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse by Jessica Ward.

This is by no means a "must have." It is just a very fun book.

If you own The Art of Mickey Mouse (Hyperion, 1991), The Art of the Disney Princess (Disney Editions, 2009), or The Art of Minnie Mouse (Disney Editions, 2016) you know what to expect: fun reinterpretations of Mickey Mouse by dozens of modern artists.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018



Great interview by John Musker and Ron Clements by Kevin Kern from the Walt Disney Archives.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Call me stupid if you want, but I will pick up a copy of this autobiography this week...

Monday, September 24, 2018

BOOK PROJECTS UPDATE

I spent the whole weekend working on several book projects and I thought it might be time to give you an update:

1. I was reviewing the galleys of the 5th volume of the They Drew As They Pleased book series (The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance) which focuses on the 1970s and early 1980s and on Ken Anderson and Mel Shaw in particular. They look absolutely stunning. The book covers a period which has seldom been discussed in Disney history books and contains huge amounts of artwork linked to The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Rescuers and many, many more Disney projects, various of which never made it to the screen. The book will be released in August 2019.

 2. Over the past few weeks, I also wrote the first drafts of the chapters which will appear in the 6th and final volume of the series (The Hidden Art of Disney's New Golden Age), which focuses on the 1990s until the Present and includes chapters about Joe Grant, Hans Bacher, Mike Gabriel and Mike Giaimo. That is the volume that will be released in 2020.

3. Finally, I am finalizing Walt's People - Volume 22, which will be released in February next year and which will contain some truly exceptional content, including a short autobiography of Ferdinand Horvath (!), the complete Disney-related letters of Eduardo Sola Franco, and an in-depth interview with Gary Goldman about his Disney career.

4. And Walt's People - Volume 23 is also making good progress and will include an in-depth interview with Fini Rudiger-Littlejohn and with Jeff Burke among other highlights...

On the other hand, two projects are on the back-burner right now: the diaries of Ward Kimball and the autobiography of Leo Salkin. I am still hopeful that those two books will make it in print some day.

There are also a few very cool surprises in store above and beyond the books that are already official, including a fascinating magazine, a series of monographs and a "lost" autobiography from an animator who worked at Disney in the 1930s. I will share news about those as soon as possible.

More soon!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Dave Bossert's new book is now available for pre-order.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

I finally had a chance to browse the new Disneyland book by Chris Nichols and wanted to correct what I said about it a few days ago.

The book is an absolute beauty and, when it comes to the text, Chris really did his homework. So the question is, is the book presenting enough visual documents to be worth buying? From my standpoint, the answer is a clear yes. At first sight, I would say that I found that about 30% of the visual documents are photos or pieces of concept art that I had never seen before. I especially loved some pieces by Rolly Crump and some concept art of Adventures Thru Inner Space, as well as some beautiful black and white photos of Fantasyland. I am glad that I will finally get a physical copy of the book in two weeks. I consider it a "must have".

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Has any French reader of this blog seen this book? Is it worth picking up?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I love this French comic book series and I am very much looking forward to this upcoming volume which has just been announced...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

This exhibition catalog seems to be about to be released in the UK on November 1. (Thanks to David Peake for the heads up).

Friday, September 07, 2018

This book will be released on November 13. Can't wait!!

Thursday, September 06, 2018

As a reminder: an important book will be released next week (actually two important books, really, but only one is about Disney ;-)... the Taschen book by Chris Nichols about Disneyland. From what I have seen it is definitely worth picking up.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018



Great interview with Grim Natwick just found on YouTube by Todd James Pierce. Pure delight.

Friday, August 24, 2018

I just spotted this on Amazon today.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

More details about the upcoming Mickey Mouse Taschen book thanks to J.B. Kaufman's blog.

Monday, August 20, 2018

INCOMPLETE ROSETTA STONE
A few months back, I stumbled upon one page of a document titled "Story Situations", dated September 20, 1939. I was stunned! I knew exactly what I was looking at: This was a page of a much longer document listing story ideas for abandoned Disney shorts. Looking at a list I have in my collection, I deducted that the full document must have been between 30 and 35 pages long. By conducting some additional research, I realized that a friend of mine had 9 additional pages. I now have pages 21 to 30, but I am still missing pages 1 to 19 and 31 to 35 (or 34).
The Disney Archives do not seem to have a copy of this document and it is entirely possible that the additional pages will never be found.
This is immensely frustrating from a historical standpoint since the document contains the synopses of various shorts in progress about which we know almost nothing. Based on another list, I know for example that the lost pages of the "Story Situations" document contain the synopses of a planned Band Concert sequel and a Country Cousin sequel.
If anyone of you has any idea of where to find the additional pages, please do not hesitate to email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com
This is a long-shot, but who knows ;-)

Friday, August 10, 2018

The contents of the new Disney twenty three magazine have just been released. I am especially looking forward to:

"Animation historian Fox Carney dives into the vaults of the Animation Research Library to show off stunning paintings and drawings from Mickey’s rich history."


Monday, August 06, 2018

Walt's People - Volume 21 was released today! Do not miss this specific volume. I believe it is one of the best in the series.

Walt's People: Volume 21 features appearances by Ferdinand Horvath, Ken Peterson, Bob Givens, Sylvia Holland, Tyrus Wong, John Hench, Marc Davis, Alice Davis, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, Floyd Norman, Paul R. Hartley (via his daughter Stacey Hartley), Bill Cottrell, Lillian Disney, Glen Keane, and Darrell Van Citters.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Mid-Century Era will be released in just a few days.

I discussed the making of the book with the team of Mousetalgia. You can listen to it at this link

Monday, July 23, 2018

One more interesting auction coming up at Van Eaton Galleries.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Great preview of the upcoming Nine Old Men exhibit catalog released here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018



Fascinating interview of Chris Merritt and Pete Docter about their upcoming book(s) about Marc Davis. That book will be revolutionary and I just can't wait for it to be released.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

I can't wait to get a copy of the catalog from the Nine Old Men exhibition which will be released in October.