Friday, November 30, 2018

I have just received my friend and fellow Disney historian Dave Bossert's new book, Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios and I was blown away.  If you are interested in this subject matter, you have to get this book. The research is meticulous, the production quality of the book is stunning, and the number of illustrations is unbelievable.

The highlight from my standpoint are all the never-seen-before photos of the Burbank studio in 1940 (from UC Santa Barbara), including a fabulous one of Joe Grant, James Bodrero, Dun Roman and Dick Huemer in Joe Grant's new office.

From my personal standpoint, this book is a must-have.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

I was checking the Getty Images website a few days ago and had the pleasure of discovering those three photos of Walt in Paris. As you will know, if you have read Disney's Grand Tour, they were taken on June 27, 1935 at the Gaumont-Palace cinema in Paris. The woman on Walt's left in the above photo is Mlle. Vacaresco, President of C.I.D.A.L.C. and the man with the mustache below is Pierre Humble, director of the Theatre du Petit-Monde (see Disney's Grand Tour for more details).

I wish I had had access to those specific photos at the time I wrote the book!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

This just in:

[The Walt Disney Co. continues to fete the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse through a partnership with Chaos Magazine.

The deal saw Chaos Magazine release a special-edition “True Originals” issue that pairs Mickey Mouse with some of fashion’s top models including Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Karen Elson, Cara Taylor, Vittoria Ceretti and Shenelle Williams. The magazine will be on newsstands Dec. 3.]

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

I had the pleasure of officially launching They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Mid-Century Era yesterday at Books and Books in Coral Gables.

If you have not bought your copy yet, now might be a great time to do so: It is available at a 37% discount on Amazon, and Chronicle Books will base its decision on whether or not to release Volume 6 based on sales of this volume until the end of the year. I have also pitched them another series of books and sales of the Mid-Century Era volume are bound to inform their decision.

If you already have the book, could you please, please post a review on Amazon?

Thanks as always for all your support!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Interesting video about the upcoming Heritage Auctions animation art auction...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

David Peake just noticed that on the Hachette books website, the release date of the Windows on Main Street book has now officially been postponed to August 13, 2019 and that Dave Bossert's next book, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Visual Companion has been officially slated for release on the same date.

Monday, November 19, 2018

This just in from David Peake:

[I have a copy of Mickey Mouse Museum. It probably isn't a "must have", but it is "nice to have".

I was pleasantly surprised by the latest grocery store checkout magazine.  It does have useful information including brief interviews with some of the Italian Mickey comic book artists and the newest voice of Mickey Mouse.  There are a couple of photos I had not seen, and some artwork from an unproduced short: "Morgan's Ghost".  There is a Glen Keane drawing of a worried Mickey looking at Ratigan,  a reproduction of a newspaper cartoon about Walt's death, and some pre-production art from a couple of released shorts.]

Friday, November 16, 2018

Stunning auction coming up at Heritage Auctions. Here are a few of the highlights. Madame Upanova by Campbell Grant (above)...
 A beautiful David Hall for Peter Pan...
This Photostat caught my attention because of story artist Eric Gurney's initials under the drawing at the bottom right which confirms that he created this specific model sheet.
 Great Big Bad Wolf drawings by Ferdinand Horvath.
And some original art for the model sheet of Mickey's Service Station!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

This just in from Theme Park Press about the 7th volume of The Vault of Walt:

[Deck the Halls with Disney!

Those stockings hung by the chimney with care aren't stuffed with toys this year, but with a Yuletide collection of seasonal Disney lore. Put some extra Christmas (and Disney!) magic under your tree with Jim Korkis' jolly compendium of merry mouse tales.

The best-selling Vault of Walt series has brought serious, but fun, Disney history to tens of thousands of readers. Now in its seventh volume, the series features Disney historian and master storyteller Jim Korkis' meticulously researched, entertaining tales about Disney's films, theme parks, and Walt himself; and this time they're brimming with holiday cheer:

- The making of Disney classic holiday films like Mickey's Christmas Carol and Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas

- The truth behind Walt Disney's ambivalent attitude toward Christmas

- The story of how Disney creates its holiday parades, decorations, and
processionals in the theme parks

- The rundown of Disney's many Christmas comic books and giveaways, including Walt's early involvement with Toys for Tots

- The history of such "extinct" Disney theme park holiday celebrations as Lights of Winter and Port Orleans Christmas

And best of all: you don't have to wait until Christmas morning!]

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 Two very interesting books have just been released in Italian. Can't wait to get them...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The new Disney Twenty Three magazine is about to be released. A few good articles in there, including one about the making of Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

Monday, November 12, 2018

A few days ago, French animation artist Jacques Muller passed away, which is extremely sad news.

Days after his death, I learned that he had self-published a massive autobiography, which I plan to order very soon. I just realized that some of you might want to know about it, hence this post.

Friday, November 09, 2018

I am very much looking forward to the release of Ralph Breaks the Internet. I loved the first movie and I have a feeling (based on the trailer) that this second installment will be excellent.

The "art of" book which I just got from Chronicle Books only heightened my eagerness to see the film. It is full of fun concept art and new characters who look very promising.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Michael Barrier has just released his 1986 interview with Les Novros, Bill Hurtz, and Paul Julian. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

I realize it is expensive but the new Mickey Mouse Taschen book by David Gerstein and JB Kaufman is a "must have". The amount of new material it contains is absolutely stunning. The chapter about the unproduced Mickey shorts is truly revolutionary.

You can see a preview here.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

In a cafe in Lucca, my good friend Matteo Moriconi discovered this music sheet from 1933 owned by collector Piero Caniparoli. The music of "Topolino va soldato" was composed in 1933 by Carlo Alberto Pizzini.

According to a site about the composer, Walt Disney heard the music played in Rome on Saturday, July 20, 1935 during the special gala evening in his honor that he attended at the Roman Barberini film theater.

You can listen to a recording of the music at this link.

Friday, November 02, 2018

I love those two early British posters which I discovered recently on the web site of the auction house Bonhams.