Friday, April 03, 2020

A friend of mine from New York just reminded me that Edith Piaf had worked for Disney, singing the song of Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet in the French version of Make Mine Music.

Would anyone of you know how to get a hold of a high resolution version of one of the French posters of Make Mine Music? If so, could you please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com?

And here is a link to Edith Piaf singing Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

This just in from Jérémie Noyer:

[I'm pleased to share with you the digital version of the book I wrote with the teams of Disneyland Paris for the French "patrimony" days last September. It's both in French and English.
DLP was kind enough to share it with a larger audience, via internet, to help keep the dream alive.
Here's the link :
Hope you'll enjoy it !]

Friday, March 27, 2020

I gave a long interview to The Book of the Mouse Club yesterday about the fifth volume of They Drew as They Pleased (the volume that was released last year).

The Podcast is now available at this link. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I could not find the photos from that lunch with Andreas Deja and Albert Uderzo. Thankfully Andreas just posted them on his blog!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Oh no! Albert Uderzo, creator of Asterix and Obelix, just passed away.

I still remember a delightful lunch in Paris with Uderzo, his daughter and son-in-law, and Disney artist Andreas Deja, who, like me, is a huge Asterix's fan (who isn't?) and who jumped at the chance of meeting Asterix's creator, who happened to be a huge Disney enthusiast.

Friday, March 20, 2020

This is not directly Disney-history related, but the game Cuphead was so inspired by Disney's Silly Symphonies, that mentioning this new book is not out of place here.

The Art of Cuphead is, by far, the best "art of" book I have seen in a long while. This is an absolute gem and a must have if you were blown away by the game's look and characters as I was.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Has anyone of you picked up this new book yet? Any idea what it is worth?

Monday, March 16, 2020

I have not watched Onward yet, and based on the trailer I am not certain whether or not I will enjoy the movie (I can already tell that, if all goes well, I will love Soul).

The being said, I was delighted by The Art of Onward, mainly because the book allowed me to discover the concept paintings from several very talented Pixar concept artists. In fact, was especially seduced by the art of Carlos Felipe Leon, which, for some reason, I find particularly striking.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Those three marvelous concept drawings of Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar are being sold by Wonderful World of Animation.

I wonder what short they were created for, but I just fell in love with them.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Amazon is finally announcing for pre-order a book I have been looking forward to for a while: Women of Imagineering: 12 Careers, 12 Theme Parks, Countless Stories.

Julie Svendsen is one of the twelve authors, hence the marvelous piece of artwork by her that illustrates this post.

Can't wait.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Do not miss Leonard Maltin's reviews of Disney books at this link.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Has anyone of you bought and read Syd Mead's autobiography (only available on his website)? If so, what are your thoughts? Is it worth buying? How much does it contain about his work for Disney?

Monday, March 09, 2020

A few good Disney-related posts found on this site today.

Monday, March 02, 2020

A dealer who is interested in selling this animation-training manual by Disney artists Charles Philippi, Ken O'Connor and Sam Slyfield contacted me this week. I promised to forward emails from anyone interested. I am not sure what price the dealer has in mind. If you are interested, please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com and I will forward your email.











Friday, February 28, 2020

I was conducting some research yesterday about the creation of a logo / mascot named King Mike by Disney artist Hank Porter for the King Radio station, in the context of David Lesjak's upcoming monograph about Hank Porter (that monograph will be a must have).

And that is when I stumbled upon this incredible photograph (c. 1947) of Walt Disney with Frank L. Newman. Yes, this is the same Frank Newman of Newman Laugh-O-Grams, who by then had moved to Seattle and become president of Evergreen Theatres Corporation.

The full story of how Walt and Newman met again via King Radio, will probably be told in David's upcoming monograph.

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 didier.ghez@gmail.com? 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 didier.ghez@gmail.com? 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.