Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
By the way, another subject I would love to tackle are the Italian plush dolls produced by Lars. Could any of the Italian readers help me with this?
- Another Christmas Gift: Snow White Scrapbook by Stephen Worth
- "Snow White Christmas" 70 years ago... by David Lesjak
- Carthay Circle Snow White art exhibit by David Lesjak
- Merry Christmas from William B. Levy by David Lesjak
Friday, December 21, 2007
I could not leave however, without offering you some content linked to Christmas. Ask for it and Jim Korkis will provide. Here is a beautiful story he sent me yesterday:
[A Christmas Eve Memory from Jack Lindquist, the first President of Disneyland: Disneyland Christmas Eve 1955
"I was walking down Main Street (near the end of the day). There was a couple with two kids, about 8 and 10, on their way out. They were neatly dressed but not well-off. They got down to Emporium (store) and were looking in the window. They didn't go in, but I heard the little girl say, 'This really was better than having Santa Claus.' That said it to me right there: We're going to make it."]
In summary: not enough for Disney historians, quite a bit of fascinating and well-written material for readers who want to know a lot more about animation during the last 30 years.
More importantly it includes quite a few illustrations linked to pre-WWII Disney history in Serbia, including this cover of the Jumbo magazine which features our good friend Elmer the Elephant. I did not know about this magazine when I wrote my long series of articles about Serbian Disney publications for Tomart's Disneyana Update a while back. The whole series of articles was written with the help of Zdravko Zupan, by the way, which closes the circle.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I am still trying to find these comics. Have they been released? If the answer is negative: do any of you know what is going on?
- A Snow White Christmas Premiere by Wade Sampson
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
As part of their “Walt Disney Showcase Collection," Master Replicas presents a meticulous reproduction of Disney's Pinocchio.
When Master Replicas approached renowned Los Angeles master puppeteer Bob Baker with a proposal for him to recreate Pinocchio for the original Disney design sketches, they were stunned by his response. Baker did not have to recreate the original animators’ model, because he owned the original, given to him personally by Walt Disney himself. Disney had been an admirer of Baker’s work, and presented the original puppet head to Baker following completion of the film.
Measuring 35” tall, and produced in a limited edition of 1,940 pieces, the Pinocchio Marionette is fully articulated and functional, and comes with a display stand and individually numbered plaque.
[PD: According to his son, [Hal] King was hired from an insurance company, worked in the mail room, and then worked his way up from inbetweener. Does that fit with your understanding?
AS: I didn’t know that. In fact I’m the world’s worst about knowing any extracurricular activity and who socialized with who. Most of us were too busy doing our jobs. So long as I was able to turn John Dunn’s storyboards into living animation, that’s what made me happy.
PD: John Dunn was the story artist to end all, in your book?
AS: Yeah. He was. But only someone like Kimball would see his potential and adapt him to storyboarding. John was an individual that was not like any other person I have ever known.
PD: How so?
AS: He was unique. He had a terrible temper. And he would tell the most off-color jokes, they were almost embarrassing they were so off-color, but if I told one to him, he would be genuinely offended.
PD: One of his own jokes?]
AS: No, any dirty joke. He wouldn’t find it at all amusing. And nowadays I wonder why any of us thought any of them were amusing, but you were young then.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
- The Pixar TV special you never got to see, "A Tin Toy Christmas" by Jim Hill
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I would like to thank Michael Barrier for having sent it to me.
My apologies for the bad quality of those photocopies.
- Goodbye Disney Gallery (pdf) by Kate Abbott
- ‘Roger Rabbit’ Sequel Still In The Offing? Stay Tooned, Says Producer
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
It's ink and watercolor with boxed outlines for camera shots and 31'' long.
The watercolor shows no signs of fading and is as bright and beautiful as the day it was painted.]
There was at least one other animated full-length feature that preceeded it, however, the German movie The Adventures of Prince Ahmed by Lotte Reiniger.
Sébastien Durand has emailed me to let me know that this 1926 movie was just re-released in cinemas in France.
The movie does not feature hand-drawn animation but cut-out puppets. Sébastien mentions that it is a pure delight.
We might be expecting it in a few months on DVD.
Information in English on Prince Ahmed can be found here.
Monday, December 10, 2007
This just in from Pete Merolo:
[Here's a great production background that I recently purchased from a collector that has owned it from the early 1980s.
This is a very rare and beautiful artwork.
It's an 11'' x 50'' production background from 'Blue Bayou', create originally for 'Fantasia' , this is the full scene of the Bayou that the Storks land in.]
The "Blue Bayou" sequence was originally planned and animated for Fantasia on the music Clair de Lune by Debussy. It never made it into Fantasia. It was later reedited, set to the music Blue Bayou by Bobby Worth and Ray Gilbert and released as part of Make Mine Music in 1946.
I love old magazine articles but you can't always trust the information that is in them. In the March 1941 edition of "Popular Science" Harry Welch claims he did the voices for Popeye, six of the Seven Dwarves, the Big Bad Wolf and Olive Oyl. This is, of course, as pointed out by Fleischer and animation historian G. Michael Dobbs completely wrong.
- Quite a few great new posts on the Vintage Disneyana Collectibles blog this morning, but this one is particularly interesting as it gives more information about the artist Charles Cristadoro who would later work on the "Project Little Man".
- Disney Studios In the Wayback Machine by Steve Hulett
Friday, December 07, 2007
Speaking of vintage Disneyana, I had a dismal week ebay-wise and missed three exceptional items:
Thursday, December 06, 2007
[Over the past several years I have accumulated a very
large "stack" of Hank Porter information. The info
has come predominently from three family members, one
of which worked for Hank as his assistant at Disney's
during the war.
I have finally completed and transcribed extensive
interviews I conducted with two of his children. I
also have an incredibly huge library of images of art
he created during his time at Disney's, copies of
early family photographs, various related newspaper
and magazine clippings, correspondence, and even a
copy of the resume he submitted to Disney's listing
previous employment and education.
I have decided to start writing a book, with the oh so
imaginative tenative title:
One Man Art Department - The Life and Times of Disney Artist Henry "Hank" Porter
During the war Walt Disney referred to Hank as "a one
man art department," hence the reference.
I will self-publish the book and hope to have it ready
by the end of May at the latest.
Just thought you'd like to know!]
- The Walt Disney Family Museum site has been updated
- Quite a few great new posts on Toons at War
- Ward Kimball’s Kooky Kar Kulture by Jim Fanning
- "How Does the Show Go On?" lifts the curtain on what goes on behind-the-scenes at a Broadway musical by Jim Hill
- Where's Walt, No. 2 posted by Michael Barrier on December 5, 2007
- Uncle Scrooge's Triple Anniversary by Wade Sampson
- Dec. 5th by Michael Sporn
- Baia Boards by Michael Sporn
- Time Magazine December 27, 1937 by Joe Campana
- Ken Southworth 1918-2007 by Ken Priebe [This last news saddens me tremendously as I had interviewed Ken Southworth over the phone for Walt's People only a few months ago and had not even had time to share the final result with him.]
Friday, November 30, 2007
[This Mary Blair painting of the Indian Village in Peter Pan not only has her exceptional flair and use of color but also wonderful movement in the body language of Indians and the smoke from the fire.
It's also quite large at 9'' x 12''.]
I have to agree that this is probably the most beautiful piece of Blair art I have seen to date (to my taste at least, of course).
This just in from Jim Korkis:
[Walt Disney was quite a salesman. Previously, you showcased him promoting DeSoto cars. My favorite Walt advertisement is Walt promoting a ball point pen with the ad suggesting that Walt animated all of "Bambi" by himself using the ball point pen. Here is an ad from 1941 with Walt promoting a watch and despite the ad's statement that Walt's personal watch was a Longines, I can't confirm that fact. For those who can't quite read the teeny-tiny type at the top of the ad, here it is:
Walt Disney who created a new form of musical entertainment in "Fantasia", the masterpiece of animation says, "Time is of the essence in motion picture production." Because scenes are measured in seconds and dialog, sound effects, and music are tailored to fit by precise time measurements, motion picture producers have made extensive use of Longines Watches from the earliest days.
Mr. Disney's personal watch is a Longines "Hall of Fame".]
[Last week, in the italian TV magazine TV Sorrisi e Canzoni an article appeared about Mondadori Publishing Company's 100th Anniversary (Mondadori Editore). Mondadori has published Disney books and comic books [since the '30s and] until 1988 here in Italy.
Arnoldo Mondadori has been honored Disney Legend in 1997. Here is a 1935 photo portraying Walt Disney and Arnoldo Mondadori taken close to the Maggiore lake.]