Friday, December 03, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
I just received a copy of Marcy Carriker Smothers' new book, Walt's Disneyland -- A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney.
I love the quality of the research that Marcy conducted for the book. The text is fascinating from start to finish and the amount of original quotes that Marcy gathered is astounding. Reading this book is a pure delight.
My only two disappointments are that this is a soft-cover book and the fact that very few of the illustrations are new. I suspect that most of this is due to the pandemic which made access to new visual documents almost impossible.
All in all this book is a "must have", though. Way to go Marcy.
Friday, November 26, 2021
I just received The Art of Disney Encanto and am very much looking forward to watching the movie when it is released on Disney+ (since Rita and I are yet to venture to a cinema).
As always I loved this book from publisher Chronicle Books. The talent of concept artists Lorelay Bove and Byron Howard never ceases to amaze me, and it is a delight to discover new artists like art director Camille Andre through this new publication.
Can't wait (but will have to) to see the movie!
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
The Disney Revolt by my good friend and fellow Disney historian Jake Friedman is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
I have had a chance to read an early version of the manuscript and I can confirm that this will be one of the best Disney history books of 2022 and probably of the decade.
This is the first time I understood clearly the day by day chronology of the 1941 Disney strike and who did what and why.
This is a balanced account, a meticulously researched story, and a beautifully written book, which should be at the very top of your wish list!
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
In my book Disney's Grand Tour, I wrote:
"On his last full day in Paris, July 2, 1935, Walt took time to discover the office of the daily newspaper Paris-Soir. There he had lunch with actor Robert Montgomery; Paris-Soir’s General Manager; actress Nicole de Rouves; M. de Kermaingant; and MGM’s representative in Paris, Allan Byre; as well as Curtis Melnitz, Sam Cohen, and Marcel Teyssère from United Artists."
I just stumbled this morning upon a photo of this event and thought many of you would enjoy it as much as I did!