Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A huge Mickey Mouse exhibition will take place at the Castello di Desenzano near Verona in Italy starting on November 10 this year. A catalog in Italian and English is being prepared and will be released towards the end of November. I am currently writing an essay which will be included in that catalog.

Friday, October 26, 2018

In the new Hake's auction there is a also an item that I had never seen before: a pre-WWII pig from Spain by the company Ernesto Cahn. By looking for more online, I found the three pigs in their original box. I will now have to try and find more info about Ernesto Cahn...

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The new auction from Hake's contains a few marvelous items. My favorite is this specific piece of artwork. The caption (which I checked for accuracy before it was published) reads:

[15x17.75" frame contains mixed media concept original art for an unproduced Disney project adapting Rudolf Erich Raspe's Baron Munchausen character, specifically Jack Pearl's radio characterization. Art is by Bill Herwig, who joined the Disney studio in Jan. 1934. While all production documentation for this project appears to be lost, a 1935 memo from Disney's Story Research Department mentions a Baron Munchausen idea w/a list of projects in progress including a "Baron Mickey" listed w/story number "M 502." A few years earlier, Disney had begun looking into a way to splice animated sequences into other studios live action films, in a way to add to their exposure while at the same time minimizing the cost of producing a full length feature film on their own. MGM was approached about "The Adventures Of Munchausen" project, w/MGM's David O. Selznick noting that Disney's animation would be the perfect vehicle for conveying the Baron's tendency for telling tall tales. Sadly this project w/Disney's involvement never came to be. The film was eventually released as "Meet The Baron," a solely live action film starring Jack Pearl and Jimmy Durante. Offered here is a glimpse into what might have been. The wonderfully watercolored scene shows a magical kingdom, complete w/a multi-tiered castle (w/some roofs and walls made of Swiss cheese) set against a starry bkg. featuring many stars and a few ringed planets. Herwig has signed in pencil at lower right and art has been attractively matted to 8.25x11". Displays Exc. Superbly detailed original art from a lost Disney project. Rare.]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

And I also received my personal copy of Jim Korkis's Secret Stories of Mickey Mouse and love seeing all those facts about Mickey gathered in a single volume.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

I just received copies of two of Jim Korkis's latest books: More Secret Stories of Disneyland and Other Secret Stories of Walt Disney World. As always, it is a true pleasure to get Jim's new books and to see even more little-know stories collection in physical volumes.

Way to go to both Jim and Theme Park Press!

Monday, October 22, 2018

While I did not get to see this exhibition in Paris, I was glad to get the catalog thanks to a French friend. Not a "must have" by any stretch of the imagination but definitely a document that I loved to get.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

I am curious about this upcoming book, which seems to include at least one section about Disney animation in Australia...

Monday, October 08, 2018

This just in from Theme Park Press about Jim Korkis' new book:

[Mickey Mouse! This Is Your Life...

In this one-of-a-kind "biography," Disney historian Jim Korkis chronicles the animated life of Mickey Mouse, from his birth on a train to proud parents Walt and Lillian Disney, to his upcoming 90th birthday bash. It's the full and complete story of Disney's forever-young mouse.

Most Disney fans nowadays experience Mickey as a costumed character in the theme parks. He has no TV show, no franchise of feature films. His heyday was before most of us were born. But Mickey has endured as a uniquely American symbol, and the best way to "meet" Mickey is not with an autograph book but with a fun look back at both his public and his private life.

In over 100 short chapters, Korkis covers every noteworthy event in the mouse’s life, including Mickey’s cartoon career, where he lives, whether he’s married, his suicide attempt, hidden Mickeys, the “men behind the mouse,” and much, much more.

No hype, no studio-approved narrative: it's all here, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows.


Friday, October 05, 2018

I have been waiting for this book for close to 10 years, since it was first announced by Disney Editions around 2009.

From All of Us to All of You The Disney Christmas Card by Jeff Kurtti does not disappoint: not only are all the Disney Christmas Cards from the XXth century reproduced in the book, Jeff also took the time to write short bios of some of the artists who created them. I also love some of the visual bonuses he included, especially the two Latin American Christmas designs of Donald and Panchito by Hank Porter, which I had never seen in a book before.

Way to go Jeff!  

Thursday, October 04, 2018

This huge book in Spanish about the Disney songs will be released in Spain in a few day. I have not seen it yet and therefore cannot comment on its content.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018