Interesting discoveries about Disney history, vintage Disneyana, Disney artwork, the Walt's People book series, and new books about Disney.
Friday, March 30, 2018
As Disney historians, we are always trying to put faces on names. Here are three Disney story artists from the 1930s for whom I finally managed to find photos. At the top is Lew Landsman who worked for Disney then for Warner.
Below, the photographer is Peter O'Crotty, who also worked for Disney and then Warner before the war.
Finally, at the bottom is Dick Creedon, a prominent Disney writer in the 1930s.
I just received my own copy of the recently-released autobiography of Larry Watkin. This is a mus-read for all of you interested in Disney's live-action productions. The afterword by Todd James Pierce about Watkin at Disney is also pure delight.
It is chiefly a book of photographs, which means the amount of text is very limited (but what there is is well-researched, of course).
When it comes to the photos, I had not seen at least twenty percent of them in any art book before. In other words, I discovered quite a bit in this beautiful volume. I was especially delighted to see a great series of WWI pictures of Walt reproduced in it. They had appeared before in the excellent book Service With Character The Disney Studio and World War II by David Lesjak, but the quality of the paper in Jeff's book is much higher, which allows us to appreciate all of the details for the first time.
From my standpoint this book is a "must have." Kudos to Jeff!
For obvious reasons (alcohol and cigarette) this stunning piece by Mel Shaw for The Great Mouse Detective sold recently by Van Eaton Galleries will not make it into They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 5, but I thought you would all enjoy it.