Wednesday, May 30, 2007
[This week you featured a fascinating picture of Walt going to court over Mickey's Polo Team. Actor John P. Wade claimed that he had submitted a script to Walt and Walt claimed it was unusable but when Wade saw the finished cartoon, he felt that Walt had taken his ideas. I had never heard this story before and assumed it was just another of the many nuisance suits that are filed against the Disney Studio by authors who feel their stories are similar to Disney animated cartoon stories.
Anyway, to clear up the matter here is an excerpt from TIME magazine (January 24, 1938) that clears things up a bit:
When Actor-Author John P. Wade saw the Walt Disney cartoon, Mickey's Polo Team, he sued Disney for a share of the film's profits. Alleged plagiarism: that the gag of the horses riding the riders had been lifted from Author Wade's skit, The Trainer's Nightmare. In court, attorneys for Cartoonist Walt Disney identified the device as a variation on "the reversal gag," easily traced it to Aesop. Said Superior Court Judge Thomas C. Gould, dismissing the suit and plagiarizing Ecclesiastes: ". . . It appears there is nothing new under the sun."]
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
The poster above is from a 1955 release of Snow White in Russia. Unauthorized released probably.
The one below is from a 1960 release of Dumbo in the Czech Republic.
The three posters below are all from Poland. Pinocchio is from 1962, Fantasia from 1961 and Peter Pan from 1960.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Foreword: Mark Mayerson
Michael Barrier: Hugh Harman
Dave Smith: Nadine Missakian
Richard Shale: Ward Kimball
Dave Smith and Richard Shale: Erwin Verity
Richard Hubler: James Algar
Richard Hubler: Winston Hibler
Richard Hubler: Bill Anderson
Richard Hubler: Bill Walsh
Christopher Finch and Linda Rosenkrantz: Bill Walsh
Richard Hubler: George Bruns
John Burlingame: Buddy Baker
Jérémie Noyer: Buddy Baker
Mike Barrier: Fess Parker
Christian Renaut: Walt Stanchfield
Richard Hubler: Marc Davis
Dave Oneil: Alice Davis
Richard Hubler: T. Hee
Harry McCracken: Maurice Noble
Christopher Finch and Linda Rosenkrantz: Al Dempster
Bob Miller: Walt Peregoy
Floyd Norman: Windwagon Smith
Floyd Norman: The Making of The Jungle Book
Jim Korkis: Bill Evans
Alberto Becattini: Jack Bradbury
Alberto Becattini: Lynn Karp
Didier Ghez: Dave Michener
John Musker: In Memory of Vance Gerry
Charles Solomon : Vance Gerry
Christian Renaut: Vance Gerry
Clay Kaytis: Ron Clements and John Musker
Pete Emslie: Cover Art
Steve Hulett has posted a large series of photos on The Animation Guild blog that will allow you to recognize most of the artists that should soon soon in Walt's People:
Don't forget to also check out today Farewell to Tom Sawyer Island by Wade Sampson.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Attached is another photo you may wish to post on your blog.
It shows Walt and his wife Lilly at the Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, and was taken by H.L. Swain on 26th June 1966. Lilly often comes across as aloof and a little cold in many of the biographies of Walt, but in the mid 1990's she paid Walt a fulsome and touching tribute when she said:
" We shared a wonderful, exciting life, and we loved every minute of it. He was a wonderful Husband to me and wonderful and joyful Father and Grandfather"
There is no doubt she was a remarkable woman, and fully played her part in the Walt Disney Story. The final touching footnote was that she suffered a stroke on 15th December 1997, 31 years to the day since Walt Died. She died the next morning on 16th.
[On the Jack Benny television program, Walt was promoting the showing of his live action film A TIGER WALKS on the Wonderful World of Color. Here's a color photo of the introduction for that television show with Walt and the Tiger. The tiger clearly knows who is the boss.]
Monday, May 21, 2007
Van Eaton Galleries has discovered one more drawing in the series and is offering it for sale. I wish I had the $3,500 needed to get it :-)
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Speaking of Taliaferro, an old friend of mine who used to live in the US, sent me a few months ago this drawing that Wade mentioned in his article this morning.
[In 1967, Taliaferro drew a very "Disneyesque" burro for Glendale's anti-litter campaign. Here is a copy of Taliaferro's original design that appeared in full color on the trash cans in Glendale for over a decade. The Spanish influence in the drawing is because the city of Glendale was part of the Verdugo Ranch when Spain ruled California. Glendale still uses this character that has been named "Litter Not". He is the official mascot of the Committee for a Clean and Beautiful Glendale although they have eliminated the sombrero.]
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Speaking of the exhibition: when I wrote my long entry about it a few months ago, I forgot to mention the key role that Pierre Lambert, author of quite a few amazing art books about Disney had on this project. He is the person who selected most of the Disney documents and trained Bruno Girveaux regarding Disney animation and Disney artists. To say that he was a good teacher and Bruno a good student would be understatments.
[Here is a photo currently being auctioned on eBay.
There are many urban myths surrounding Walt Disney and one of them is that he was anti-Semitic. He wasn't and there's a lot of proof to prove he wasn't but people still don't want to believe the truth. Well, here's another piece of evidence. Walt getting the Man of the Year award in 1955 from a top Jewish organization.
When the B'nai B'rith decided to give Walt the Man of the Year Award in 1955, it first did a thorough investigation into the rumors that Walt might be anti-Semitic. They found no evidence and determined that Walt had no anti-Semitic tendencies.
Many Jewish employees at the Disney Studio over the years have confirmed that Walt had no negative attitudes towards men or women just because they were of the Jewish faith. Walt's daughter, Sharon, even dated a young man of the Jewish faith with no objection from either Walt or Lillian. Animator Joe Grant, who was Jewish, has stated: "As far as I'm concerned, there was no evidence of it and I think that the whole idea should be put to rest and buried deep."]
All the interviews I read throughout the years do point in the exact same direction.
Monday, May 14, 2007
The mauscript is ready to go to the publisher. This will probably happen within 2 weeks, as soon as I receive the finalized cover from Pete Emslie. This means that this volume should be available around the end of July, a bit earlier than planned. Hurray.
I am hard at work on Volume 6. I will publish the table of contents of that instalment as soon as it is 100% confirmed.
Tomorrow is a holiday in Madrid, so the blog will be dead until Wednesday morning.
Would any reader of the blog know of anyone who would collect Disney books published by Ediciones Modernas?
CartoonBrew just noticed that quite a few Ward Kimball-related videos were posted on Youtube this weekend. Don't forget to check them out this morning.
These clips prompted Jim Korkis to send me the following email:
[Concerning the Kimball You Bet Your Life:
Seven days after this show aired in 1954, TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK AND BOOM received an Oscar (Kimball directed the Disney short.) This same year, Kimball started work on the Tomorrowland MAN IN SPACE show. He was already a celebrity thanks to Firehouse Five Plus Two. He had even been profiled in ESCAPADE magazine (a PLAYBOY imitation).
Regular folk were the usual contestants on the show, but sometimes there was the occasional celebrity—Jack Benny, Liberace, Edgar Bergen (with young daughter Candice) and Ray Bradbury among them. Nobody really watched You Bet Your Life to see people win fabulous prizes because there were quiz shows that had much bigger prizes. People tuned in to NBC on Thursday nights to see Groucho and what he would say.
DeSoto sponsored YOU BET YOUR LIFE ("Tell ‘em Groucho sent you"). Walt Disney appeared in two DeSoto newspaper ads in 1939 but never drove one. They told him if he appeared in the ad they would give him a free DeSoto. Walt said he didn’t need a car but his mother Flora said “your father and I need one” so Walt appeared in the ad. In one of the ads, he is sitting in a lawn chair by the car and over to the left is a butler with a tray of drinks.]
Also worth the detour are the new posts on Toons at War.
Friday, May 11, 2007
[Hi Dider - and David!
David Lesjak is right about that this is a presentation piece or a diploma of some kind given to Walt Disney at the Golden Gate Exposition held in San Francisco in 1939.
You will find a similar one here (- a small image however);
[This comic appeared in a small magazine during the infamous Disney Strike of 1941. Artist and animator Shane Glines did an outstanding scan of it for his website years ago and it no longer seems available at his website.]
Thursday, May 10, 2007
When I studied the photo of Florence Ward (whoever she is) and Walt from 1939, I discovered that on the poster she is holding, you can see the name “Walt Disney” printed on the banner in the posters right corner. Obviously she is holding some kind of Disney-poster. Dou you have any idea what kind of poster this could be? Seems to be some great art!
[David Lesjak mentions:
I think the poster has something to do with the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition held in San Francisco.
I think the poster is either part of a presentation piece given to Walt Disney, or perhaps the Disney Company sponsored a display at the expo and the poster was part of the exhibit.
Elements you can faintly make out in the poster lead me to this conclusion. "]
"Isn't this likely the Florence Ward of Florence Ceramics, which famously manufactured ceramic figurines from the late '30s through the 1960s?"]
Thanks for all the comments. That's when this becomes really fun.
As promised here is a scan of one of my recent purchases.
It is a great shot from the archives of the San Francisco Examiner showing Walt, with Mickey, acting as Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day 1966. You can see in the photo how much Walt was aging in that last year of his life. As Bob Thomas put it in "Walt Disney: An American Original":
"On New Years Day 1966, Walt Disney was my millions on television as Grand Marshall of The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. To the generation that had seen him weekly on his television series he seemed little different. The same straight hair and trimmed mustache - perhaps a little greyer - and the same wide grim and upraised eyebrow. But those who worked closely with Walt could see changes."]
- The Deadline newsletter from January 1937,
- This beautiful and extremely rare Australian box (below),
- The items against VD featuring Donald posted on CartoonBrew this morning (see previous post),
- The 100-copy-limited-edition of the Pinocchio storyboard book.
If one of you manages to pick up the Deadline or the Pinocchio book, it would be greatif you were to send me scans to post on the blog.
- Donald Duck Wants You: to use condoms! on CartoonBrew,
- The stunning 1949 (!) storyboards of The Sword in the Stone posted by Michael Sporn,
- The Disney Bulletin from May 3, 1940 posted by Joe Campana and that I keep forgetting to mention here.