Monday, September 21, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
1. 2020 Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual
The new Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual is about to be released in just a few weeks and contains two new essays by yours truly. One about "Grace Huntington in Disney's Story Department" (I am particularly proud of this essay which explores totally uncharted territory) and one about "Mickey Mouse's Revivals (1978 - 2018)."
2. The Origins of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures monograph
This new monograph relies on huge amounts of never-seen-before material including the diaries of cinematographers Al and Elma Milotte, their "lost" autobiography, storyboards of many of the early, unproduced True-Life Adventures and a lot more. It will be the first time ever that this story will be told. The layout of the monograph is now in the process of being approved by Disney, and (depending on how things evolve with COVID), the monograph should be released by the Hyperion Historical Alliance Press at some point next year.
3. 2021 Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual
I have submitted two essays for the 2021 HHA Annual. One about "Bianca Majolie in the Story Department" (I have uncovered huge amounts of new material since I released that chapter about Bianca in They Drew as They Pleased - Volume 1) and one about "Walt Kelly in the Story Department" (including a surprising revelation about the origins of Pogo).
4. Walt Disney's Adventures in Music, History and Nature monograph
I have started researching the second volume of the "True-Life Adventures" monograph series. That second volume which will focus on "Beaver Valley" and "The Olympic Elk," but also on two parallel series that Walt was working on at the time: "Adventures in Music" and "Adventures in History".
5. Mickey Mouse on Stage and on Radio in the 1930s monograph (in collaboration with Libby Spatz)
Full of new info and never-seen-before photos of the Fanchon and Marco shows, the Roxy Theater show, the Stadler and Rose shows, the "Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air" radio show, the British "Meet Mickey Mouse!" radio show and a lot more...
6. The Making of Walt Disney's Darby O'Gill and the Little People monograph (in collaboration with Jim Hollifield)
Complete with an in-depth exploration of Walt Disney's trip to Ireland in 1946. Full of stunning never-seen-before photographs. I am currently awaiting the detailed diaries of one of the storytellers who met Walt in Ireland in 1946. Can't wait to get them in a few weeks and to get the entries translated from Gaelic to English.
7. Two essays for the 2022 HHA Annual
If all goes well, I am planning to research and write two essays for that issue of the Annual. One will be about Walt Disney and Hans Christian Andersen, the other about a proposed collaboration between The Walt Disney Studios and the French animation studio Les Gemeaux in 1946/47.
Of course, all the "longer term" projects are now progressing more slowly than planned due to the impact of the pandemic.
More about all of this soon...
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Thursday, September 03, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
While conducting some research to write the introduction, I stumbled upon (and ordered) this special edition of the first installments of "Mickey Through Time" released in 2017. Has anyone ever seen this album?
My dream would be for all the episodes of the "Mickey Through Time" series to be released in book form one day. There is absolutely no chance that this will ever happen, unfortunately.
Friday, August 07, 2020
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Monday, August 03, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Sunday, July 26, 2020
On page 32: The dates "September 17" and "September 20" should be "June 17" and "June 20"
On page 54: "On the evening of June 26, 1935" should be "On the evening of June 27, 1935"
Many thanks to reader Christopher Polt for spotting those.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Walt's People: Volume 24 features appearances by Otto Englander, Jack Campbell, Van Kaufman, Ward Kimball, Bill Hurtz, Fini Rutiger, Eric Gurney, Wilfred Jackson, Eric Larson, Burny Mattinson, George Harding, Marc Davis, Claude & Evie Coats, Wathel Rogers, Bob Otto, Marvin & Marjorie Davis, Marty Sklar, Jow Fowler, Rock Hall, and Pat Burke.
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Look at what showed up in the mail yesterday. With this sixth volume, the They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney art book series is now complete.
I cannot tell you how happy this makes me feel.
I am now working on a monograph about The Origins of the True-Life Adventures that will break a lot of new ground and that I believe many of you will enjoy reading.
They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's New Golden Age will be released in just a few weeks.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
[In 1948 there were discussions with Jack Cutting : the French studio Les Gémeaux ask if the Walt Disney studios can help the production of the film. Bob Leffingwell and John Harburg come in Paris and give some advices to the French team. There are many letters between the Disney Studios and the les Gémeaux studios and between Wally Feignoux director of Disney France.]
I can't wait to get this book.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Friday, June 05, 2020
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Monday, June 01, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
Pat Williams's first book is excellent and I am therefore grateful to my friend and fellow Disney historian Jim Korkis for bringing this latest volume to my attention. I just ordered a copy.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Friday, May 08, 2020
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Monday, May 04, 2020
[Good news! Our distributor in France received the shipment last week and has added The Making of Walt Disney's Fun & Fancy Free to his website.
He can ship orders anywhere in Europe or the UK for a fraction of shipping from the US.]
If you are interested in getting this fascinating monograph, order now: this is a limited edition.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Dear all: I just realized that many of you had commented on previous posts but that I never saw your comments. It turns out that all of them were sent by Blogger to the spam folder. I figured that readers were not longer commenting on blogs, just on Facebook. I just realized that I was wrong.
I am starting to catch up on all your comments, but it will take me weeks to publish all of them, and of course many are now obsolete.
Sincere apologies to all of you.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
This screenshot comes from an Italian newsreel about the February 1933 carnival of Viareggio in Italy.
Can anyone (especially one of our Italian readers) help me locate a good, high resolution photo of this float in an Italian photo archive or in an Italian magazine? (I am not even sure that one exists, of course.)
If so, please email me at email@example.com