Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
These two magazines were released in Palestine in 1946 (before the creation of Israel).
Today I would like to wish you all a Happy Jewish New Year.
I can not tell you how glad I am to see us start this new year. I really hope it will bring all of us good luck and some positive news at all levels.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Disney Historian Jim Korkis recently came up with two questions that might intrigue readers of this website:
1) In Orlando, a theater company is producing a one man show about the life of trumpeter Louis Armstrong. In the publicity, they mention that a lot of the research for the play came from unlimited access to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York that houses over 650 reel-to-reel tapes that Armstrong recorded over the years about his life. My question is "Is there anything in those tapes where Armstrong discusses Walt Disney or Armstrong's work at Disneyland?"
2) There has been a lot of discussion about Disney's plans to include an "Avatar" themed area at Disney's Animal Kingdom. My question is "How long will it be before someone starts to claim that the inclusion of the blue creatures in the film were actually inspired by Walt's idea as evidenced by the PEOPLE AND PLACES documentary Walt made on the Blue Men of Morocco?" (For those who are curious, the blue skin coloring actually comes from the staining of their skin from the blue clothing they wear.)
Do not miss today:
- I've Been Looking For This Photo For Years by Todd James Pierce
- Ron Miziker Remembers the WDW Dedication Ceremony by Jim Korkis
- Early Yzma by Andreas Deja
- Disney historian offers bits of Walt's wisdom during BVU presentations by Ashley Miller
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The book Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood contains a marvelously well-researched essay by Susan Ohmer titled Laughter by Numbers: The Science of Comedy at the Walt Disney Studio.
I just learned that Susan is working on a book about the Disney Studio in the '40s and am hoping to be able to get more information about this soon.
Monday, September 26, 2011
A couple of years ago I sent you another illustration by the same artist, with rather low resolution. And here is a blog about him: http://miguelcova.blogspot.com/]
Friday, September 23, 2011
I have recently written a very in-depth, 50-page-long essay which covers the whole trip and which should be released soon on Paul F. Anderson and Todd James Pierce's Disney History Institute blog. I will let you know when this happens.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
On the plane flight to and from Iowa, Jim read the book The Monster Show by David Skal, a well respected writer about Hollywood’s early horror films.
Here are two Disney gems Jim discovered in the book:
“Along with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, another favorite, King Kong, occupied a place of honor in (Adolf) Hitler’s private cinematic pantheon….(and Hitler had) an abiding affection for the Disney tune ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf’ which he liked to whistle.”
Skal is using for reference Robert G.L. Waite’s The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler (New York: Basic Books 1977) as the source of this information.
“(Actress and wife of Charles Laughton, star of Island of Lost Souls) Elsa Lanchester recalled several years later that Island of Lost Souls was banned for twenty-five years in England , on the basis that its theme was a challenge to natural law. ‘Of course, it’s against nature,’ quipped Lanchester. ‘So’s Mickey Mouse.’”
Skal used the book Charles Laughton and I by Elsa Lanchester (Doubleday, 1976) as the source for the quote.
- WDW: October 1, 1971 by Jim Korkis
- Walt and a Ward by Joakim Gunnarson
- A Special Walt Disney Family Museum Event by Walt Blanchard
- Benny Goodman At Disneyland, Anaheim California 1961 #4 (Thanks to Roger Colton for the link)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
As a reminder, here is the table of content of this huge volume.
Foreword: John Canemaker
Didier Ghez: Ruthie Tompson
Christopher Finch & Linda Rosenkrantz: Walt Pfeiffer
John Culhane: Shirley Temple
John Culhane: I. Klein
Peter Hansen: Basil Reynolds
Christopher Finch & Linda Rosenkrantz: Eric Larson
John Culhane: John Hubley
Robin Allan: Jules Engel
Darrell Van Citters: Ed Love
Darrell Van Citters: Mike Lah
JB Kaufman: Frank Thomas
Dave Smith: Carl Nater
John Culhane: John Hench
John Canemaker: Ward Kimball
Dave Smith: Ward Kimball
Didier Ghez: Frank Armitage
Robin Allan: Ray Aragon
Didier Ghez: Ray Aragon
Gord Wilson: Jacques Rupp
David Tietyen: George Bruns
John Canemaker: Dale Oliver
John Canemaker: Iwao Takamoto
John Canemaker: Richard Williams
Charles Solomon: Brad Bird
Alberto Becattini: Don R. Christensen
Jim Korkis: Tom Nabbe
Dave Smith: Roger Broggie
Didier Ghez: David Snyder
Didier Ghez: Carl Bongirno
John Culhane: Daniel MacManus
John Culhane: Ted Kierscey
John Canemaker: Glen Keane
Didier Ghez: Joe Hale
Jérémie Noyer: Mark Henn
Christian Ziebarth: Andreas Deja and Mark Henn
Didier Ghez: Ed Catmull
Do not miss today:
- Walt Disney World Stories by Jim Korkis
- Obsessive Disney-related trivia: A Tyrus Wong in-joke by Jerry Beck
- Urban archaeology: Sleeping Beauty’s Paris apartment discovered (Thanks to Jerry Beck for the link)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
[Part 2 of auctions of some of my items will be sold September 25 2011 at this link. There will be 32 lots of some of my cherishedbooks and figurines. Please bid if you want, the reserves are very low.D etailed descriptions are listed in his on line catalog.]
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Since Hubert Gregg played Prince John in the live-action version of Disney's Robin Hood, there might be a few pages about his Disney career in his autobiography.
Would anyone happen to have this book? If so, could you scan and send me the one or two relevant pages?
- Happy Birthday, Fred Moore! by Andreas Deja
- Happy 100th Birthday, Fred Moore! by Amid Amidi
- Fred Moore's 100th Birthday by Mark Mayerson
- Fred Moore's 100th by Jenny Lerew
- The Definitive Barks Collection??? by Peter Richardson (thanks to John Wigmans for the link)
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
[Hard to believe but on September 8th, it will be seven years since Frank Thomas passed away...
Attached are two files, and since you are so interested in every document concerning Disney I wonder if you have seen this folder before? It was given to those attending the tribute and memorial event celebrating the life of Frank Thomas at El Capitan Theatre. Howard Lowery actually sent it to me when he found out that I have been a longtime penfriend with Frank. He had been to the event himself. It may be of interest to see for you if you not was aware of it, and feel free to post it on your site if you wish. There is a nice caricature of a young Frank drawn by himself.]
- Phantom Boats! by Todd James Pierce
- Tim Burton by Andreas Deja
- Walt's Last Words: NOT Kurt Russell by Jim Korkis
- The Fatal Flubber Fiasco of ’63 by Michael Crawford (Thanks to Sébastien Durand for the link)
- Au clair de La Luna with director Enrico Casarosa by Jérémie Noyer
- Back to School at the Disney Studio by Lorraine Santoli
- Worth as Much as a Man: Cracking the Celluloid Ceiling by Paula Sigman-Lowery
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
Once again, I need your help. I have recived the authorization to release in future volume of Walt's People, the very in-depth interviews conducted with Disney Imagineers by Jay Horan in the mid-'80s.
I have already received the transcripts of those with X. Atencio and Bill Evans (pictured above) thanks to Jay Horan and Todd James Pierce.
Those interviews are about 80-page long each and need to be properly digitized with an OCR and cleaned up.
Would anyone be up to that task? If so, you can email me at email@example.com
Friday, September 02, 2011
I received earlier this week the following email from a friend at Disney. Can anyone help?
[I am trying to get hold of a photo of Charles "Cap" Palmer, a writer who worked for Disney for about five years in the forties/fifties and had a key role in developing the story of Lady and the Tramp. Do you perhaps have a photo of this gentleman, or do you know how I might find one? The Academy library has a photo but getting hold of it is complicated since it belongs to the deMille Collection. The WGAw has nothing.
Palmer was a New England businessman (he possibly went to Dartmouth, since he's mentioned in one of their alumni mags, and claimed to have played trombone in a jazz band to work his way through school) who moved to L.A. (where his wife was from) in the '30s from Boston and started writing instructional books ("How to Sing for Money" was one of them) as well as short fiction for magazines (Colliers etc.), and started writing radio scripts around 1940. Walt's wife apparently read one of his pieces in Cosmopolitan and recommended him to Walt. He and Walt became friendly and drove to work together every day, as gas was rationed at that time (they lived a few blocks apart, Disney in the well-to-do section, and Palmer in the "trying hard" section, according to his account). He worked for Disney for five years, helping to develop Alice in Wonderland and Lady and the Tramp, then went on to become a screenwriter and has five credits on IMDB. He founded Parthenon Pictures around 1954, I believe, which became a major producer of business and documentary films. He was born in 1901 per IMDB and died in 2005, according to the WGA.]
Do not miss today:
- The Horizons Story, Part III: Disney’s House Of Magic by Michael Crawford
- Eating Like Walt Disney by Jim Korkis