Tuesday, August 13, 2019

D23 EXPO REMINDER - ARCHIVES STAGE

Several Hyperion Historical Alliance members will be giving presentations on the Disney Archives stage during the D23 Expo.

Here is the schedule for just a few of those presentations:

Laurie Algar will talk about her father James Algar on Friday, August 23 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM.

Paula Sigman-Lowery, Mindy Johnson and myself will be presenting the work of the HHA and some of its most exciting discoveries on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM.

JB Kaufman will discuss the making of Fun and Fancy Free on Saturday, August 24 from 1:30PM to 2:30PM.

Jeremy Marx will talk about Ken Anderson's 1957 Haunted House on Saturday, August 24 from 3:00PM to 4:00PM.

Stacia Martin will present about vintage vinyl recordings on Sunday, August 25 from 10:30AM to 11:30AM.

Todd James Pierce and Joe Campana will discuss Disneyland '59 on Sunday, August 25 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.

Monday, August 12, 2019

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE AND D23 EXPO REMINDER

If you are not planning to attend D23 Expo, you can now pre-order "The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free" monograph at this link. Stuart Ng Books ship abroad too.

For those of you who will attend the D23 Expo: During D23 Expo, on the Hyperion Historical Alliance / Ryman Arts booth at the D23 Emporium in Hall A we are organizing autograph sessions.

A limited number of The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free monograph will be available for sale, as well as a limited number of 2019 HHA Annual and a very limited number of the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased.

Here is the schedule of the autograph sessions on the booth:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Didier Ghez: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
JB Kaufman: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
      
Todd James Pierce and Didier Ghez: 11:30PM to 12:30PM
JB Kaufman: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Didier Ghez: 5:00PM to 6:00PM
Mindy Johnson: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
      
Todd James Pierce and Didier Ghez: 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Mindy Johnson: 2:00PM to 3:00PM
JB Kaufman: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Didier Ghez: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

Please spread the word.

Please note that only the new Fun and Fancy Free monograph, the 2019 HHA Annual and the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased will be sold on the booth. For all other publications that you want the authors to sign, please bring your own books.

Friday, August 09, 2019

As you probably know by now, I have always been fascinated by Disney's abandoned projects, so I can't wait to read Jim Korkis' new book!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

This just in from Are Myklebust:

[On a trip to London two weeks ago I came across this book.

It is one of many books (or booklets) made by BFI (British Film Institute) about classic and important films through the history. 

Not the best book about Snow White, but interesting enough, and with some – at least for me – new information.]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

D23 EXPO REMINDERS - PART 1

As the D23 Expo is getting closer, I will be posting a few important reminders, starting with this one.

As you know, a few months ago an official non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of Disney History, the Hyperion Historical Alliance (HHA), released its first publication, the 2019 Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual. I serve as president of the HHA.

I am glad to announce that the HHA is now ready to launch its hard-cover monograph series.

The first volume in the series will be released in exclusivity at D23 Expo (it will become available on Amazon.com and at StuartNgBooks.com a month later). This first monograph is a hard-cover, 148-page-long, full-color, heavily-illustrated publication written by JB Kaufman about The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free and released with the authorization of The Walt Disney Company. You are seeing its cover for the very first time!

Most of the illustrations that this monograph contains have never been seen before in book form. I have a feeling that most of you will be blown away by it. And at $30, we have kept the cost very low (this is the beauty of being a non-profit).

It took close to ten years to make this monograph project a reality. This is really a major achievement.

The HHA will have a booth at D23 Expo, shared with Ryman Arts. The first monograph as well as the 2019 Annual will be available for all of you to purchase on the booth. Only a few limited copies will be available at the Expo.

There is a lot more to share regarding HHA's presence at the Expo, by the way: our members will give talks on the Disney Archives stage, we are planning some autograph sessions at the booth, etc.

I will mention all of this in upcoming announcements.

In the meantime, just remember: The booth is the Hyperion Historical Alliance / Ryman Arts booth at the D23 Emporium in Hall A and if you want to support the HHA and its efforts or keep updated about future publications, check out HHAPress.org. More soon. 

Tuesday, August 06, 2019


Today marks the release of my new book, They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance. Check out Michael Barrier's review at this link.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Upcoming auction just announced by Van Easton Galleries.

Friday, August 02, 2019

[NOTE: The schedule for the autograph sessions has been updated.]

Only 4 days to go until the release of They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance, which is available at a 30% discount on Amazon!

As a reminder: During D23 Expo, on the Hyperion Historical Alliance / Ryman Arts booth at the D23 Emporium in Hall A we are organizing autograph sessions.

A limited number of The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free monograph will be available for sale, as well as a limited number of 2019 HHA Annual and a very limited number of the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased.

Here is the schedule of the autograph sessions on the booth:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Didier Ghez: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
JB Kaufman: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
      
Todd James Pierce and Didier Ghez: 11:30PM to 12:30PM
JB Kaufman: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Didier Ghez: 5:00PM to 6:00PM
Mindy Johnson: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
      
Todd James Pierce and Didier Ghez: 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Mindy Johnson: 2:00PM to 3:00PM
JB Kaufman: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Didier Ghez: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

Please spread the word.

Please note that only the new Fun and Fancy Free monograph, the 2019 HHA Annual and the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased will be sold on the booth. For all other publications that you want the authors to sign, please bring your own books.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Among the advance copies that I received a few days ago are two books about Disney history aimed at younger readers.

The first one, Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls' Guide to Disney Animation by my good friend Mindy Johnson, is a way for her to introduce teens to the groundbreaking research she conducted for her masterpiece, Ink and Paint - The Women of Disney Animation. This new book achieves this beautifully... and I do mean beautifully, since, in addition to Mindy's text, it is illustrated by one of my favorite Disney concept artists: Lorelay Bove.

The second volume, Mary Blair's Unique Flair, is also a feast for the eyes, thanks to the work of Brittney Lee.

Those two books are real winners and excellent gifts for yourself or for kids you believe have the potential to become future Disney historians.



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mark Sonntag was kind enough to send me recently those marvelous photos of Walt visiting the house of author Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island) in 1949. According to the Getty Images website the date was October 15, 1949, but I am still trying to confirm the month and the day.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Along with Marty Sklar's new book, I received last week an advance copy of Kevin Rafferty's Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career. While Marty's book is a light read, which makes you wish for more, Kevin's is a dense and fascinating story which makes you feel that he shared all of his best memories from his career at Imagineering. And the book is heavily illustrated with artwork and photographs, including one of Walt which I had never seen before.

If you are interested in the recent history of Imagineering this book should not be missed!

I hope that Kevin's colleague, Tony Baxter, will soon write a similar volume... or several.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

At the beginning of last year, at the Annie Awards ceremony, the wonderful Russi Taylor was the one who introduced me to the audience. I can't believe that she is gone. This is a very sad day. R.I.P. Russi.

Friday, July 26, 2019

I have just received a review copy of Travels with Figment, Marty Sklar's last book and I absolutely love it.

While the book is a little bit too short, since Marty passed away way too early, it is also full of stories that I had never heard before. In addition, Marty relies a lot more on his own memories in this book than in the previous one, which is a relief and he focuses a lot on his recollections about the creation of EPCOT, a subject that, in itself would deserve a full book. To top it off, the editors have included a large number of color illustrations (Sklar-related memorabilia).

This book is a treasure trove and, from my standpoint, a "must-have."

Thursday, July 25, 2019

D23 EXPO ANNOUNCEMENT - PART 3 - ARCHIVES STAGE

And here is the third and final announcement regarding the HHA Expo. Several Hyperion Historical Alliance members will be giving presentations on the Disney Archives stage during the Expo.

Here is the schedule:

Paula Sigman-Lowery, Mindy Johnson and myself will be presenting the work of the HHA and some of its most exciting discoveries on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM.

JB Kaufman will discuss the making of Fun and Fancy Free on Saturday, August 24 from 1:30PM to 2:30PM.

Jeremy Marx will talk about Ken Anderson's 1957 Haunted House on Saturday, August 24 from 3:00PM to 4:00PM.

Todd James Pierce and Joe Campana will discuss Disneyland '59 on Sunday, August 25 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

I was interviewed last week by Mousetalgia about the upcoming They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance. I believe most of you will enjoy listening to the interview.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

WALT'S PEOPLE INDEXED!

I have more good news today.

The publication of the Walt's People book series began in 2004. This is an ongoing series, which, at the time of this writing, is already thousands of pages long. An index was sorely needed.

It took close to fourteen years for a good solution to be found. Thanks to Harald Nast and the DIX project we are finally able to search all volumes in the series. This tool is one that I had been wishing for since the series was launched. I encourage you to start your search. Welcome to the wonderful world of Walt's People!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Only two weeks before the released of the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased. Some of you may enjoy the interview I just gave to Animated Views.

Friday, July 19, 2019

D23 EXPO ANNOUNCEMENT - PART 2 - AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

[Note: Mindy Johnson's autograph sessions have been updated.]

On the Hyperion Historical Alliance / Ryman Arts booth (308E), we are organizing autograph sessions.

A limited number of The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free monograph will be available for sale, as well as a limited number of 2019 HHA Annual and a very limited number of the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased.

Here is the schedule of the autograph sessions on the booth:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Didier Ghez: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
JB Kaufman: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
       
Todd James Pierce and Didier Ghez: 11:30PM to 12:30PM
JB Kaufman: 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Didier Ghez: 5:00PM to 6:00PM
Mindy Johnson: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
       
Todd James Pierce and Didier Ghez: 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Mindy Johnson: 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Didier Ghez: 3:00PM to 4:00PM
JB Kaufman: 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Pease spread the word.

Please note that only the new Fun and Fancy Free monograph, the 2019 HHA Annual and the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased will be sold on the booth. For all other publications that you want the authors to sign, please bring your own books.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

D23 EXPO ANNOUNCEMENT - PART 1

There is so much good news to communicate that I almost do not know where to start.

As you know, a few months ago an official non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of Disney History, the Hyperion Historical Alliance (HHA), released its first publication, the 2019 Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual. I serve as president of the HHA.

I am glad to announce that the HHA is now ready to launch its hard-cover monograph series.

The first volume in the series will be released in exclusivity at D23 Expo (it will become available on Amazon.com and at StuartNgBooks.com a month later). This first monograph is a hard-cover, 148-page-long, full-color, heavily-illustrated publication written by JB Kaufman about The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free and released with the authorization of The Walt Disney Company. You are seeing its cover for the very first time!

Most of the illustrations that this monograph contains have never been seen before in book form. I have a feeling that most of you will be blown away by it. And at $30, we have kept the cost very low (this is the beauty of being a non-profit).

It took close to ten years to make this monograph project a reality. This is really a major achievement.

The HHA will have a booth at D23 Expo, shared with Ryman Arts. The first monograph as well as the 2019 Annual will be available for all of you to purchase on the booth. Only a few limited copies will be available at the Expo.

There is a lot more to share regarding HHA's presence at the Expo, by the way: our members will give talks on the Disney Archives stage, we are planning some autograph sessions at the booth, etc.

I will mention all of this in upcoming announcements.

In the meantime, just remember: The booth number is 308E and if you want to support the HHA and its efforts or keep updated about future publications, check out HHAPress.org. More soon. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

COUNTDOWN

Just a few more weeks until the release of the fifth volume of They Drew as They Pleased on August 6!

Just a few more days before some exciting announcements regarding the first Hyperion Historical Alliance monograph and the schedule of autograph sessions at the D23 Expo.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Would anyone know where / how I could buy a copy of this German exhibition catalog?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

This exciting news just in from Don Ballard:

[My 1960s book is with a graphics designer doing layout and cover design. I am hoping to have it out by early September. Todd James Pierce is writing the foreword for it. The cover may change.]

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

GET AMAZON TO SUPPORT DISNEY HISTORY PRESERVATION

Dear all, I suspect that many of you shop on Amazon. I just realized that there is a way to get Amazon to support the preservation of Disney history.

As you know, a few months ago an official non-profit association dedicated to the preservation of Disney History, the Hyperion Historical Alliance, released its first publication, the 2019 Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual (HHA). I serve as president of the HHA.

This is only the start of a very ambitious publication project. The next publication will be a 148-page long, full-color, heavily illustrated monograph by JB Kaufman about The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free.

We should be able to share more about that upcoming monograph very soon.

In the meantime, there is an easy way for all of you to force Amazon to help financially all those projects. If you go to smile.amazon.com, Amazon will ask you to select a non-profit association that you want to help. If you select the Hyperion Historical Alliance, AT NOT COST TO YOU, Amazon will give 0.5% of the purchase price of most of the items you purchase to the HHA! If enough of us do this, this can add up quickly.

By the way, here is a page which gives some basic info about the HHA publication projects: hhapress.org

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

I am really curious about this book which will be released by publisher Scribner in November of this year...

Monday, July 01, 2019

I just received a physical copy of Jim Korkis' new book and absolutely loved it. If you are a fan of Disneyland's past attractions, stores and restaurants, this book is definitely for you. Congratulations Jim!

Friday, June 28, 2019

I just received my own copy of My Boss, Walt, Jack Couffer's new book.

Jack Couffer was a Disney cinematographer who worked on some True-Life Adventures and on several of Disney's movies about animals.  If you have read his two previous autobiographies, you will find that this last book recounts some of the same stories, but from a different angle and with many additional details. Even more importantly, this volume is heavily illustrated with some of Jack's most impressive photos.

This is definitely a page-turner and a must have from my standpoint.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

I was very sad to hear that artist Milton Quon, who worked on Fantasia and Dumbo passed away on Tuesday. He was 105 years young.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Some important updates about They Drew as They Pleased - Volume 5:

1. It looks as if the official release date may have been pushed back to October 1, but I am still trying to clarify this. The good news is that the discount on Amazon is now up to 37%

2. If all goes according to plan, you will be able to buy the book exclusively at the D23 Expo and I will be there to autograph it. It will be sold on the Ryman Arts / Hyperion Historical Alliance booth. I will have more details soon about the booth location and the schedule of the autograph sessions.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Excellent news to start the day. Michael Barrier has just released his interviews with Maurice Noble.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Excellent graphic novel in French, just released in France, which, among other happy surprises includes a page by my good friend Mike Peraza.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

For those of you who wonder how you can order this special issue of the magazine / newsletter Manuscripts, I just got the following information:

Copies can be purchased for $7 each including postage. Paypal to Sands.Manuscript@protonmail.com or check/mo to The Manuscript Society, PO Box 13349, Overland Park, KS 66282

Monday, June 10, 2019

Look out for some exciting Disney history related announcements over the next few weeks: panels, revolutionary new publications, etc. all premiering at the 2019 D23 Expo. Some really major news soon... Stay tuned.

Friday, June 07, 2019

I just received the latest Animation Art Auction catalog from Heritage Auctions (June 15 - 16) which contains some stunning treasures, as always.

Four of the highlights are shown here:

- A huge and very rare treatment for a proposed movie featuring Mickey Mouse.
- A large set of story drawings from the Goofy short How to Play Golf.
- A wonderful promotional drawing by Hank Porter.
- An astonishing piece from Bambi by Gustaf Tenggren.



Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Do not miss this spectacular article by Jim Korkis on CartoonResearch. It is full of wonderful surprises.

Monday, June 03, 2019

I had not idea of the existence of this excellent book until my friend and fellow Disney historian Todd James Pierce mentioned it to me last week.

Friday, May 31, 2019

This just in from Michael Goldberg:

[Didier- Don’t know if you were ever a fan of Motion Picture Special effects, but this short video with Albert Whitlock, who had worked at Disney in the '50s and early '60s, has a nice piece about Whitlock’s work on “Ten Who Dared” an early '60s Disney Film about John Wesley Powell - Explorer of the Colorado River.

Anyway, he talks about one matte painting in the film and how Walt did not like it and his solution.

I have heard the story referenced before, but this is from the Horse’s mouth, as the saying goes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb2RHGYhB54

This link takes you to a wonderful website about Matte Painting by a fellow in New Zealand. This entry is all about Disney Films and contains images that Whitlock refers to in his video.]

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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

[In over eighty individual chapters, each filled with facts, quotes, and anecdotes, Disney historian Jim Korkis chronicles the very best of a Disneyland that no longer exists, taking us back in time to "Walt's park" and revealing how it has changed between then and now.

Live mermaids swimming in the Submarine Lagoon. ... Pack mules nipping at the shoes of children. ... Flying saucers hovering inches in the air over a circular floor. For many people this was the Disneyland of their youth, but over the years dozens of shows, attractions, and experiences have disappeared forever from the Happiest Place on Earth.

In this latest volume of his best-selling Secret Stories series, Korkis shares behind-the-scenes information—much of it never before in print—about what used to delight guests at Disneyland.

From Main Street's Intimate Apparel Shop and Frontierland's Mineral Hall, to Fantasyland's Pirate Ship restaurant and Adventureland's Barker Bird, Korkis excavates, unearths, and discovers a Disneyland past that will be sweetly nostalgic to some, and a unique glimpse into a forgotten past for others.

Who knows what we'll find!]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I have just received my own copy of Ross Anderson's long-awaited book about the making of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

If you look at the back cover, you will see that I wrote about it: "Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat makes a significant contribution to the fields of animation history, Disney history, and film history. The research that Anderson conducts is in-depth, original, and all-encompassing. His whole book covers ground that has mostly never been covered before."

I strongly believe this. The amount of original research that Ross conducted to write this book is staggering. However, be warned: this is not a book that is easy to read. The amount of information it contains is much too rich for it to be the case. It is a fantastic reference book and you will learn a lot by reading it. However, Ross tried to include so much in it that it also makes it a difficult read. That is the main drawback.

I had seen an early manuscript and what I discovered with great pleasure in the finished book is a large amount of photos that I had never seen before and which enrich it even more.

This is a must-have and not just if you enjoy Roger Rabbit. There is so much about the "Disney Studio transition" period of the 1970s and early 1980s that you are bound to find the content of this book fascinating in one way or another.

Way to go Ross.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

This just in from Theme Park Press. I can't wait to read this new book!

[As a motion-picture writer, director, producer, and cinematographer, Jack Couffer shot wildlife films for Walt Disney, journeying to some of the most remote and exotic places on earth. Here, in his final book, he shares powerful, poignant stories about his favorite subject: animals.

Couffer made Disney feature and television films for 30 years. The Living Desert, Nikki, Wild Dog of the North, Never Cry Wolf, and a dozen other titles bear his identity. His stories filmed in far-away places like Africa, the Galápagos Islands, Antarctica, and the wilds of the American West give us a glimpse into the pains and joys of working with friends and adversaries inside the Disney studio.

Replete with photos, My Boss, Walt is Jack Couffer's swan-song chronicle of his long life of exploration, adventure, and joy.]

Friday, May 24, 2019

This new book by author Andrew Kiste is a very welcome surprise. It is very well written and well researched. Andrew got access to documents from the GE Archives, for example, which I had no idea existed. This is a great reference about Disney and the 1964/65 World's Fair, which is well worth picking up.

I have only two minor issues with what I read until now:
- I wish that the author had added footnotes. I am a pain in the neck about this, but I really like to know exactly where the information mentioned in the text comes from.
- Based on the bibliography, it seems like the author may not be aware of the special issue of the magazine Persistence of Vision about Disney and the World's Fair, which I found a little unsettling if correct.

Those are two small points however. I really enjoyed this book. 

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019



The new animation art auction from Heritage coming up on June 15 and 16 is spectacular. You should really have a look at its stunning catalog.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

As we await the release of They Drew as They Pleased - Volume 5 in just a few weeks (now only $35 on Amazon!) I wanted to mention that Volume 6 (the final volume in the series) got the official go-ahead from Chronicle Books a few days ago. It will be released next year and will focus on the lives, careers and art of Joe Grant, Hans Bacher, Mike Gabriel and Michael Giaimo.

Monday, May 20, 2019

I just received this new book. I really enjoy all of Jim Korkis' books, but I believe this is the best one to date. It is very easy to read, more than 300-page long, and full of stories that I had not seen anywhere else before. Way to go Jim!