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

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
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.

Friday, July 06, 2018

And here is one additional new book from Theme Park Press that I am interested in. The publisher mentions:

[Disneyland has a lot to hide. Well, that sounds nefarious, so how about, Disneyland has a lot for you to discover. And I don't mean wait times and ride descriptions. I mean the deep, rich, hidden legacy of the park. Its real secrets.

No one knows Disney history better than Disney historian Jim Korkis. In this book, the latest in his best-selling "Secret Stories" series, he unearths still more Disneyland gold and presents it in bite-sized stories that you can enjoy while waiting in line, sitting in a monorail, or whenever you have a few moments to fill with fresh Disney knowledge.

With over 90 "mini chapters", organized by theme park "land", plus a special section devoted to some of the attractions that exist beyond the berm, you're sure to discover new lore about the Happiest Place on Earth, including Roastie Toasties, the Jungle Cruise elephants, Ray Bradbury's Halloween Tree, the (new) Redhead from Pirates of the Caribbean, the Matterhorn Garden, Star Tours, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, and so much more that the pixie dust will dance in front of your eyes for days.]

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Theme Park Press just released two more good books. Here is the description of the first one from the publisher:

[You've heard Jim Korkis' secret stories of Walt Disney World. Then you heard more of Jim Korkis' secret stories of Walt Disney World. Now, with the neighbors gone home and the kids asleep, Jim has a special treat: other secret stories of Walt Disney World. Gather round.

You know what's more fun than finding Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World? Reading secret stories about Walt Disney World. And no one knows more Disney secrets than Jim Korkis. Just when it seems like the secrets well is dry, the often imitated, never duplicated Korkis hits a gusher:

The evolution and emancipation of the Redhead in Pirates of the Caribbean
The one place in Disney World where you'll see radioactive monsters, zombies, and a giant psychotic woman
The backstories of Auntie Kau'i, Miss Adventure, and other little-known Disney "characters"
More "Disney that never was" with Epcot's Venezuela pavilion and the Lake Buena Vista monorail
Each story is short enough to read whenever you have a spare moment that needs Disney in it. That's, like, every spare moment, so pace yourself... ]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy 4th of July.

Do not miss this great article today:

Disney's Lost and Found: James Lewis by Vincent Randle

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

I just read this small book by Scott Madden about Walt and polo. It is well written, and the author really did his homework, going to all the sources available to him to put it together. And it is an easy read.

The issue, of course, is that Scott Madden did not have access to the Disney Archives, which means that, despite his best efforts, all of us who have read most of the books written about Disney learn very little.

It is an excellent starting point, though, and one that will be very useful to researchers who might have the opportunity in the future to dig even deeper into the subject matter. 

Monday, July 02, 2018

I just received my own copy of Pierre Lambert's spectacular new version of his Pinocchio book. If you love Disney history books and have an unlimited budget (and a large house) you will want to pick this one up. (Otherwise you will want to wait a few months for the release of the regular edition.)

The special edition that has just been released is the largest Disney history book I have ever seen in my life, is limited to 750 copies, and is not cheap. I was blown away by it.

You can find more information (and a video) about it on the site of dealer Stuart Ng. My heartfelt congratulations to Pierre for another masterpiece.

Friday, June 29, 2018

This came in the mail today. I have to admit that I am extremely proud of this fourth volume in the They Drew As They Pleased book series, which focuses on Lee and Mary Blair, Tom Oreb, John Dunn and Walt Peregoy.

Almost every single one of the pieces of artwork included in the book had never been seen before in book form, and the story of the 1950s and the 1960s was almost virgin territory when it comes to concept artists (Mary Blair aside, of course).

I have a feeling that you will be amazed.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Some exciting material coming up at auction via Van Eaton Galleries.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

While I eagerly await the first physical copy of They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 4, which should arrive in about 2 weeks, I spent a large part of Thursday, Friday and Saturday finalizing all the elements of Volume 5. The text was fully written last year and edited last month, all the close to 400 illustrations have been selected and this allowed me to put together over the past few days the massive caption file which will guide the designer Cat Grishaver over the next few months.

This is a massive amount of work, but I have a feeling all of you will love the end result. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Now on pre-order on Amazon.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

John  Musker just sent me this morning the cover drawing for Walt's People - Volume 21. Just a few more weeks to wait and that new volume will be ready. It contains some truly stunning new material.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Quick reminder: Do not forget to check out the catalog of this stunning upcoming auction!

Monday, June 04, 2018

This book by JB Kaufman and David Gerstein will be one of the best books of the year. Can't wait!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The next animation art auction by Heritage Auctions will take place on June 16 and June 17, 2018. The catalog contains some truly spectacular items. Here are three of my favorites: Above are pieces by Eyvind Earle created for an abandoned Disney project from the late '40s and early 1950s about the history of jazz; below is a splendid concept drawing by Mary Blair from Alice in Wonderland; and at the bottom are some character designs for the Horned King from The Black Cauldron by Mel Shaw.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Not sure yet what this new book is worth but I plan on finding out soon.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I just received my own copy of the second part of Steve Hulett's autobiography, Mouse in Orbit, and I love it. Steve relies on his memories but also on dozens of interviews that he conducted with artists from Disney and other studios to tell the story of animation's new golden age. If you are interested in that time period this is a "must have." 

Monday, May 28, 2018

I was happily surprised by the re-release of the autobiography of Disney director Dave Hand by Theme Park Press. I initially thought that the book would be a straight re-print of the book that had been released in the mid-'80s, but when I got my own copy of this new version, I realized that it contained quite a bit more, including a large section of gag drawings (non-Disney-related), memories by Dave's son, remembrances by his colleagues and even a few illustrations which did not appear in the original book. Sadly, in the core of his autobiography, Hand does not discuss his career at Disney in any depth. Thankfully this flaw is compensated by Michael Barrier's interview with Hand included at the end of the book.

So, if you do not already have this book and are interested in the career of Disney's right hand man on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this volume is definitely worth picking up.

Friday, May 25, 2018

After disappearing for a few weeks, the 4th volume of my They Drew As They Pleased book series, The Hidden Art of Disney's Mid-Century Era (The 1950s and 1960s) is again available for pre-order on Amazon.

The book contains chapters about Lee Blair, Mary Blair, Tom Oreb, John Dunn and Walt Peregoy, and, as always, is full of never-seen-before artwork (more than 400 never-seen-before illustrations)!

It will be released on August 7.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

In a few weeks Heritage Auctions will conduct another of their amazing animation art auctions. I will be highlighting a few key pieces when the catalog comes fully online, but I have to admit that I could not resist to already mention those three drawings. This is the only example I have seen to date of drawings created (probably by Joe Grant) for the abandoned project The Hollywoods. In a memo to Ted Sears dated December 23, 1935, Walt wrote:

"Joe Grant and Bill Cottrell are quite enthused over this Hollywood idea where all the personalities of Hollywood are gathered together in bird and animal form in the big wood called Hollywoods. It is an idea that could be done in a travelogue style where Mickey, the Goof and the Duck have come back from a big expedition. They have brought back motion pictures and are showing them to the group -- the barnyard group -- or the animal group that we work with all the time. A lot of side play could come in between the characters presenting this thing and the characters watching it."

Monday, May 21, 2018

I read the first part of Steve Hulett's Disney memoirs (Mouse in Transition) with immense pleasure and can't wait to put my hands on this second instalment, Mouse in Orbit.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Life and Times of Ward Kimball: Maverick of Disney Animation by Todd James Pierce is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I have read the manuscript. It is really a great book. Can't wait.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Since They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 5 got the official go-ahead a few weeks ago and is already written (yes, I wrote it way before getting the official greenlight), I am now working on Volume 6, which features Joe Grant, Tim Burton, Hans Bacher, Mike Garbriel and Mike Giaimo.

While researching the abandoned project My Peoples / A Few Good Ghosts on which Mike Gabriel worked for a short time, I discovered this clip, which I believe many of you will enjoy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It looks as if Carsten Laqua's book will finally be released in English in August of this year. I simply cannot wait to read it. I have had it on my bookshelf in German for years and know it is a very important book. If this is real, this is excellent news!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Many of the drawings by Albert Hurter included in the books He Drew As He Pleased and in the first volume of They Drew As They Pleased remain mysterious even in the eyes of experienced Disney scholars. I am still trying to figure out, for example, why Hurter created a large series of drawings of mechanical jungle animals. I strongly suspect that they were developed for a proposed Silly Symphony that was later abandoned, but I am yet to find any concrete information about that specific project.

Which is why I was glad to finally find out a few days ago, why those scarecrow drawings were created. The answer could be found in an extremely rare list of Disney story ideas, compiled in December 1939, in which we find the following idea, submitted by story man Webb Smith:

[Scarecrows come to life in the twilight of an autumn corn field; they drink from a jug of liquor and go into a dance…with male and female scarecrows. They go to a barn nearby, find trunks of period costumes and some old musical instruments. They put on a barn dance. Next, they go to the old swimming hole, toss their clothes on the bank and jump in. This reveals their bodies as being sacks of straw. When they come out they put on any clothing they find, since it has become mixed up. They go to the deserted darkened village in a truck and break into a bakery. As dawn is breaking they furiously crank the truck which finally starts and go back to their perches.]

Monday, May 14, 2018

Two interesting magazine covers about Disney's corporate acquisitions. One from the US and one from France.