Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
A Pixar movie, directed by Pete Docter, about a jazz musician!? There simply could not be a better combination in my mind.
If the art book is any indication, the movie will be as good as I expect it to be. The Art of Soul itself is an absolute delight: it is full of concept art from cover to cover, all of it original and beautiful... Were some of those pieces of artwork inspired by Walt Peregoy's work on One Hundred and One Dalmatians? I would not be surprised if that were the case.
The bottom line is that this book is one of the very best "Art of" books from Chronicle Books to date and that I simply can't wait for the movie to release on December 25 on Disney+
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Not to be missed:
The Baum Bugle is normally only available to members of the International Wizard of Oz Club (to find out more, follow this link).
Fortunately, the International Wizard of Oz Club has a very, very limited number of copies (no more than 25 I believe) that they have agreed to sell to readers of the Disney History blog and to members of the Disney History Institute Facebook page.
The cost is $15 apiece, including postage to US addresses, and interested buyers need to make a PayPal transfer directly to email@example.com.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Full disclosure: I contributed in one way or another to all of them.
Sunday, November 08, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
[1) Through PBS.org. The cost on their website is 24.99
2) A less expensive option is $19.99 and can be purchased directly through me. The DVD comes in a cardboard sleeve and is signed. For those purchases, people can Venmo me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and should include their name and mailing address.]
Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
I had the pleasure of interviewing Marge a few years ago. The interview appears in Walt's People - Volume 14.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
While this is not technically Disney-related, I know that many of you will love to know that Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol - The Making of the First Animated Christmas Special by Darrell Van Citters is finally back in print.
Monday, October 19, 2020
The reaction of my wife when she saw the book on our coffee table was: "Let me go through this page by page." She was blown away, but also totally overwhelmed by the first few pages about Halloween. "This is so fascinating, and there is so much in there, that it will take me at least until Christmas to 'read' this book as it deserves."
In other words: Not for the faint at heart, but definitely a must-have for Disney parks enthusiasts.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Friday, October 09, 2020
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Sunday, October 04, 2020
I have yet to read it (although it contains relatively little text) but it is such a visually stunning book, filled to the brim with exciting artwork and photographs, that I can already say that this is a "must-have" and one of the best Disney history books of the year.
Congratulations to the three authors. This one is a winner!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
The latest issue of the HHA Annual has finally been released. You can order it at this link on Amazon.
If you like to read very in-depth essays by vetted Disney historians about little know aspects of Disney history, you should not miss this issue of the Annual (nor the previous one). I believe you will love it.
Please spread the word!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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.