Wednesday, February 19, 2020

So, now that the They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney series is virtually complete, what am I working on Disney-wise (aside from Walt's People and a few editing projects)?

I have just written the first draft of a monograph about The Origins of the True-Life Adventures (1938 - 1948), to be released by Hyperion Historical Alliance Press next year. This is the first volume in a planned series about True-Life Adventures-related matters.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this project. I feel that I am venturing into an almost virgin field. I am discovering a lot of new information about the making of Bambi, the educational projects that were being developed between 1943 and 1947 (including all the abandoned ones which gave birth to many other Disney projects in the 1940s and 1950s), and the saga of Al and Elma Milotte that resulted in the making of both The Alaskan Eskimo (the first of the "People and Places) and Seal Island (1948).

And, of course, the monograph will be full of never-seen-before illustrations.

Thirty years after starting to conduct research about Disney history, I am finally beginning to feel that I am understanding how things really happened. This is truly exhilarating and I can't wait to share this new-found understanding and those discoveries.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

It is hard to believe, but the sixth and final volume of my art book series They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney is now complete and has been sent to the printer.

I am hoping to see a first physical copy late April or early May, for a release in bookstores around the end of August this year.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

My good friend Alain Littaye mentions this new book on his blog this morning. Has any of you read it? Does Val Usle share many anecdotes about his work for Disney?

Thursday, February 06, 2020

The new issue of Disney Twenty-Three will be released soon and I am especially looking forward to the article about Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic, an exhibition of more than 400 treasures opening this March at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

I just stumbled upon this interesting Japanese book released last year to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday. It seems to be 136-page long and a collection (on the model of The Art of Mickey Mouse) of drawings of Mickey and friends by famous Japanese manga artists. I just ordered a copy on ebay...

It thought that some of you might want to know that it exists.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

This just in from my good friend Jim Hollifield:

[Dark Horse Comics recently published a collection of the 1978-1988 Winnie the Pooh newspaper comic strips.

While it's not a complete chronological collection, the book does have several hundred strips from the 10-year run, as well as a short history section crediting the artists who worked on the strip like Sparky Moore. Perhaps the best part, though, is that it prints all three of the Winnie the Pooh featurette newspaper adaptations from the "Treasury of Classic Tales" series. It was disappointing that the book series ended around 1961 with Volume 3, so it was nice that three adaptations from the later years were included in this new publication.]

Monday, January 27, 2020

I am still desperately trying to locate a copy of this very elusive book. If one of you has one for sale, could you contact me at Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 Both The Art of Soul and The Art of Onward are now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Monday, January 20, 2020

I am currently studying the early Disney educational projects, in the context of my upcoming monograph about The Origins of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures.  Which is how I stumbled onto this spread released in the July 27, 1943 issue of Look Magazine.

The article mentioned a movie about the electron that the Disney Studio was working on at the time, which intrigued me. I have now established that what the article was referring to is the third part of the Minneapolis-Honeywell training film, which you can discover at this link.

There is a lot more to this story, which eventually led to the making of Our Friend the Atom. More on this next year in the monograph :-)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Would one of you happen to own a copy of this Seal Island lobby card? 

If so, could you please email me at I need a high resolution scan of it.

Monday, January 06, 2020

Have some of you bought this monograph? If so, would you mind posting a review on Amazon? A million thanks in advance for your help!

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

I have been enjoying the One Day at Disney documentary on Disney+ and I am now also enjoying the One Day at Disney shorts which are being released weekly on the streaming service.

I received the One Day at Disney coffee-table book too late to review it before the holidays.

It is a beautiful complement to the series and a very enjoyable volume, which I am glad to own. Not in-depth, of course, since it covers so many cast members, but definitely full of good information and photographs about The Walt Disney Company today.