Monday, September 21, 2020


A new podcast you may want to listen to.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Now that the last volume of the They Drew as They Pleased book series has been released, what am I working on when it comes to Disney history, aside from volumes 25 and 26 of the Walt's People book series?

SHORT TERM

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).

LONGER TERM

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

Pierre Lambert's new book will be released on October 24. Can't wait!!!
 

Thursday, September 03, 2020


 A new podcast (Notably Disney) about the latest volume of They Drew as They Pleased. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

This upcoming book may not technically be a Disney history book, but artist T.S. Sullivant's art has inspired the art of so many Disney artists over the years, that mentioning it here is a no-brainer. Can't wait!

Friday, August 28, 2020


 Excellent two-part interview of Imagineer Frank Stanek posted at this link and this link.

Monday, August 24, 2020

 A new podcast has just been released about the making of my latest book on Mousetalgia.

Friday, August 14, 2020

I just discovered this recently released book by my good friend Alberto Becattini and purchased a copy on ebay this morning. Can't wait to get it in a few weeks.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

With Walt's People - Volume 24 recently released and Volume 25 on the verge of completion, I am starting to assemble Volume 26. That volume will contain several interviews related to Disney in Europe, including two I conducted with the artist Pierre Nicolas, famous for his "Mickey crying" cover for Paris Match and for the seminal comic book series "Mickey Through Time."

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

The latest issue of Disney Twenty-Three magazine has just been announced. Some good things in there.
 

Thursday, August 06, 2020


You may enjoy the interview conducted by Jim Hill and Drew Taylor about the final volume of They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020


Few copies of The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free monograph are left and we do not yet know if it will be reprinted.

If you have not yet picked up your copy you may want to consider doing it today at StuartNg.


Monday, August 03, 2020


They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's New Golden Age (the sixth and final volume in the series) will be released tomorrow.

Animated Views just published an interview with me about the making of the series. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

I recently discovered that, in 1993, the director of Disney's movie, The Great Locomotive Chase, had written his autobiography.

It seems to contain an excellent chapter about his work for Disney, so I just ordered it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Yes, I am very much looking forward to this upcoming book.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

I hate typos. I really do. Unfortunately we discovered three in Disney's Grand Tour:

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

My good friend Michael Goldberg just spotted a wonderful article that you should not miss:

Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland by Menachem Butler

Monday, July 20, 2020

New auction coming up at Van Eaton Galleries.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Hmmm. I am wondering if this upcoming graphic novel will be good, bad or terrible. We will see!

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

I am happy to announce that the 24th volume of Walt's People has been released today. If you are looking for a good read while stuck at home you may want to consider picking it up this week.

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

This upcoming book looks extremely interesting! (Thanks to David Peake for the heads up).

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Do not miss today:

- Alfonse's Restaurant by Andreas Deja

Thursday, July 02, 2020



Don't miss this great video!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

I just bought this book last week and noticed that it contains a few pages about the negotiations between Studio Ghibli and Disney for the distribution of Studio Ghibli's movies in the US. Hence the heads up on this blog.

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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I failed to get this wonderful item on eBay yesterday. Did one of you buy it? If so, would you be willing to send me a good scan? My email address is didier.ghez@gmail.com

Friday, June 19, 2020

This may not be a book about Disney, but according to its author, Sebastien Roffat, it does contain some extremely interesting Disney sections:

[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

The Hyperion Historical Alliance is in the process of finalizing the 2020 Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual. Click on the image to get a sense of the outstanding content that we have in store for that issue.

I will let you know in a few weeks when it becomes available for purchase on Amazon.

Friday, June 12, 2020



I am really looking forward to this amazing auction next week!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

I can't wait to stream Don Hahn's new documentary, Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives when it premieres on Disney+ on June 27!

Monday, June 08, 2020

Friday, June 05, 2020

 Two marvelous pieces by Mary Blair that will be sold by Heritage Auctions in two weeks.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

The next animation art auction from Heritage Auctions on June 19 to 21 will be absolutely stunning. You can discover the catalog at this link. I will post a few highlights over the next few days, starting with this amazing David Hall, which I used on the cover of They Drew as They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Musical Years.

Monday, June 01, 2020

Walt with Louis Lumiere and Mlle. Hélène Vacaresco, President of C.I.D.A.L.C. in Paris in 1935 (See my book Disney's Grand Tour for more details). I had never seen this specific photo before.

Thanks to  François Monferran for the heads up!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Here is another photo of Walt I had never seen before, courtesy of François Monferran. 

This is apparently Walt at the Chingford Festival in the United Kingdom, in July 1952. More info at this link.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

While browsing through the Eisenhower Library digital collections yesterday, I stumbled upon these two photos of the first lady of Pakistan, Begum Liaquat Ali Khan, visiting the Disney Studio in May 1950. She met both Walt and director Wilfred Jackson. I had never seen those photos before.

Monday, May 25, 2020

I believe that some of you will enjoy this new podcast in which I discuss the making of the 5th volume of They Drew as They Pleased.

Friday, May 22, 2020

 Interesting photo of Walt just spotted on eBay.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Between the fact that the cover is (to say the least) unremarkable and that the title is almost the same as that of Pat Williams's previous book (How to Be like Walt) I totally missed Lead Like Walt when it was released last year.

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

I am taking a deep dive into the history of Walt's trips to Ireland in 1946, 1949, and 1959, and in the process I stumbled upon this photo that I had never seen before. It was taken in Cork, on November 30, 1946.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Some wonderful footage of Walt visiting Ireland. (Thanks to Tim O'Day for the heads up.)

Friday, May 08, 2020

I have to admit that I am very much looking forward to receiving the new issue of the Disney Twenty-Three magazine!

Thursday, May 07, 2020

An updated version of The Art of Pixar? Count me in. (Thanks to David Peake for the heads up).

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

John Musker just created this wonderful cover drawing for Walt's People - Volume 24, and I have finally integrated all the edits in the manuscript of this new volume. Which means that it should be released in just a few weeks. Some fascinating content in there! More soon.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

David Peake just attracted my attention to the fact that Charles Solomon's upcoming book The Disney Princess: A Celebration of Art and Creativity is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Monday, May 04, 2020

This great piece of news just in from Stuart Ng:

[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

I WAS NOT IGNORING YOU

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

ITALIAN CHALLENGE

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 didier.ghez@gmail.com