Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Here is what I was able to piece together about his career, though, based on information from historian Alberto Becattini, the internet, the book Silly Symphonies by JB Kaufman and Russell Merritt and some production notes. Would anyone of you have any information to add?
[Animator at Charles Mintz (Early ‘30s)
Animator at Disney starting in 1932 or 1933 and until 1938 or 1939 [Break from late 1933 to early 1935?]
Night Before Xmas (33) (Toy band)
Flying Mouse (34) (Mouse’s failed attempt at flight + baby bird with mother)
Mickey Plays Papa (34) (Source: Becattini)
The Robber Kitten (35) (Ambrose from opening through sneaking downstairs)
Who Killed Cock Robin? (35) (Assassin’s shadow; courtroom scene; jury)
Three Orphan Kittens (35) (Opening scenes of kitten entering house; scenes with toys in nursery)
Broken Toys (35) (Sailor; Sparks repairs bandsmen)
Elmer Elephant (36) (Kids huddle, parade, then charge Elmer; Elmer hides nose and falls down hill)
Three Blind Mouseketeers (36) (Mice, through springing of traps)
More Kittens (36) (Kitten with fly on branch; turtle snubs kittens; kittens with bird)
Through the Mirror (36) (Source: Becattini)
Little Hiawatha (37) (Hiawatha + grasshopper in opening scenes, through Hiawatha chasing bunny up stump)
Pluto’s Quin-Puplets (37) (Source: Internet)
The Old Mill (37) (Source : Becattini; but does not appear in production notes)
Wynken, Blynken and Nod (38) (Children fishing; children with starfish in boat)
Mickey’s Parrot (38)
Animator at Iwerks from 1933 to 1935
Animator and storyman at Fleischer from 1938 or 1939 to 1941
Storyman and director at Columbia / Screen Gems from 1945 to 1946
Director at Carry-Weston in 1946
Owner /Animator of TV Spots from 1948 to circa 1954
Animator at Warner Bros. /Schlesinger from 1951 to 1954]
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Here is the current table of contents for that volume:
Foreword by Michael Sporn
Michael Barrier: Carl Stalling
I. Klein: The Disney Studio in the ‘30s
I. Klein: Some Close-Up Shots of Walt Disney during the “Golden Years”
I. Klein: Golden Age Animator Vladimir (Bill) Tytla
I. Klein: Walt Disney Took Another Giant Step!
Steve Hulett: Wilfred Jackson
Steve Hulett: Eric Larson
Steve Hulett: Ward Kimball
Steve Hulett: Ken Anderson
Steve Hulett: Ken O'Connor
Steve Hulett: Claude Coates
Robin Allan: Claude Coats
Christopher Finch & Linda Rosenkrantz: Frank Thomas
Christopher Finch & Linda Rosenkrantz: Ollie Johnston
Christopher Finch & Linda Rosenkrantz: Milt Kahl
JB Kaufman: Maurice Rapf
Richard Hubler: Lillian Disney
Richard Hubler: Roy O. Disney
Richard Hubler: Edna Disney
Richard Hubler: Sharon Disney
Richard Hubler: Diane Disney Miller
Richard Hubler: Ron Miller
Richard Hubler: Dick Irvine
Richard Hubler: Marvin Davis
Richard Hubler: Joe Fowler
Richard Hubler: Roger Broggie
Dave Smith: Fred Joerger
Jim Korkis: Ken Anderson
Richard Hubler: Frank Reilly
Frank Reilly: The Walt Disney Comic Strips
Jim Davis and Alberto Becattini: Ken Hultgren
Wes Sullivan: Bud Hester
Wes Sullivan: Iwao Takamoto
Gabe Essoe: Larry Clemmons
Christian Renaut: Joe Hale
Didier Ghez: Steve Hulett
By the way, Floyd, if you are reading this:
2. We are awaiting impatiently your next book :-)
Monday, August 20, 2007
[Four interesting negatives up for bids on eBay – first item is 150152595343.
It’s a nice set, because it’s very informal and Walt is very animated (no pun intended), with his arms blurred from motion in one or two shots.]
Don has just started an extremely good site (I linked to it once last week), which is definitely worth a visit.
This just in from Richard Huemer (son of Dick Huemer):
"Letter from Bob Iger at Walt Disney Co., received today: "...I am pleased to inform you that Dick Huemer has been chosen as a recipient of The Disney Legend Award. ...On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4 pm, we invite you and your family to participate in the Awards Ceremony here at the Studio. A special dinner will be held... Dick will be honored as part of a distinguished group comprised of Roone Arledge, Art Babbitt,Carl Bongirno, Marge Champion, Michael Eisner, [etc.]"
Obviously I am overjoyed at the idea that Dick Huemer is finally going to be honored as a Disney Legend, an homage that is long overdue. But as everyone else who read this email, I can't avoid being stuck by the most momentous news it contains: Art Babbitt is also on the list of Disney Legends. Deserved, obviously, but also a sign that times are definitely changing. I believe some of us feel quite dizzy this morning.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Following Wade Sampson's article Walt and DeMolay, the DeMolay organization did further research trying to find copies of the Mickey Mouse comic strip done for its newsletter in the Thirties. Unfortunately, so far they have only been able to locate a better version of the very first strip along with a caption that confirms that it was Fred Spencer who did the artwork and possibly the scripting.
Those strips have become one of the Holy Grails of Disney history. If you have any suggestions as to how to locate the other ones, do drop me a line.
- Walt Disney's Stamp of Approval by Wade Sampson
- The "Disney Afternoon" shows that you didn't get to see by Jim Hill
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I am a Disney-addict, as you all know, but I have another addiction that I must confess: books. I never ever stop reading and am quite eclectic in my choices. I am sharing this with you, because the addiction is so strong that the first thing I usually do when I visit the house of friends is to spend a lot of time in front of their bookshelves to understand what they are currently reading and what they've read, in the hope of knowing them better and of discovering a few books that I had never thought of and that might sparkle my interest (I am rarely disappointed and always have at least a hundred un-read books on my shelves even though I usually devour with pleasure two or three per week).
All this to say that I do not have access to your bookshelves, but that I would like you to share with me - through the comments feature on this post - the books that were the most important in your lives, for whatever reasons (style, subject, particular scenes, author,...)
Here are mine (listed in no particular order). Do note that some were read in my teens, others in my twenties and others way more recently. They all have something in common though: I felt either more happiness or more awareness after having read them, to a degree that was way above the one I had experienced with the other books I discovered throughout the years. They are some of the key books of my life.
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Ana Terra by Erico Verissimo
- To Kill a Moking Bird by Harper Lee
- Magister Ludi by Herman Hesse
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Le Lion (The Lion) by Joseph Kessel
- Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene
- Memoires d'une Jeune Fille Rangee (Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter) by Simone de Beauvoir
- War and Peace by Leon Tolstoi
- Magellan by Stefan Zweig
- Le Comte de Monte Christo (The Count of Monte Cristo) by Alexandre Dumas
- Letters to Olga by Vaclav Havel
- L'Or (Gold) by Blaise Cendrars
- This photo shows Carman Maxwell and Walt.
- This one and this one are probably featuring Marion Cauger and Walt
- Finally, this last photograph shows Walt and Margaret Metzinger (not Mary Flanigan)
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
This weekend I acquired another wonderful Disney animation cel from eBay.
I like to say every cel has a story to tell.
This has the original Art Corner Gold Seal, dated 1959. So its authenticity is irrefutable.
However, it provokes some fascinating questions. Like, for starters, what film it is from... (or possibly early TV animation.) I don't have the cel yet, but from the photo the lines appear to be xerographic. Being dated 1959, this would be during the earliest days of xerographic lines (and 101 Dalmatians, the first feature to use the processs [from end to finish], was undoubtedly in production at this time.)
While the characters Chip 'n Dale were nearly identical, I am sure you know they had distinguishing features: "Chip" has a brown nose (think chocolate chip) and "Dale" has a red nose and buck teeth. But - this cel has a red nose but no buck teeth! Maybe Dale saw a Disney orthodontist?
Don't miss this morning:
- The Secret Origin of Space Mountain by Wade Sampson
- Third edition of "Hidden Mickeys" field guide is three times the fun by Jim Hill
- All the new updates on ToonsAtWar
- Early Disney Movie Music - with a British Flair
- Gottfredson 1928
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
The Art of Walt Disney World, schedulded for January 8, 2008. Way to go!