Thursday, May 13, 2021

Kamden Spies just gave me a heads up about this new booklet released by the Walt Disney Family Museum and I immediately ordered it today.
 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


 Looking forward to ordering and reading Jim Korkis' new book.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Last part of Mickey Mouse at the 1931 conference of London.


 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mickey at the 1931 International Conference in London, part 2. One more part to come tomorrow.




 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

On Monday, July 20, 1931, a conference of seven powers (Great Britain, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, Belgium and Germany) met in London to discuss the economic situation in Germany.

According to the French newspaper "La Liberté," Mickey Mouse was in attendance as an observer :-)

More from this series tomorrow.



 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Scott Claus worked as an assistant animator on many of the Disney features from the 1990s and his memoirs provide an interesting perspective about life and work at the big (and small) animation studios over the past 30 years from the point of view of someone in the trenches. An entertaining read.
 

Friday, April 09, 2021

I am really intrigued by Wolf Burchard's upcoming book, Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts (note: the above is not the cover).

The blurb on Amazon reads:

[The films created by Walt Disney and Disney Studios represent almost a century of creativity. While they are often discussed as a quintessentially American art form, this captivating account reveals that the inspiration for Disney’s signature aesthetic extends across the Atlantic. Exploring Walt Disney’s personal fascination with French decorative arts and examining the novel use of French motifs in his Studios’ best-loved classics, the publication features 40 works of European design—from furniture to Sèvres and Meissen porcelain—alongside 150 film stills, drawings, and other works on paper from the Walt Disney Animation Studio Library and Walt Disney Archives. The text discusses the French aesthetic influences visible throughout Disney’s theme parks and beloved animated films, including the late Gothic architecture in Cinderella (1950); bejeweled, medieval-style books in Sleeping Beauty (1959); and Rococo-inspired furnishings brought to life in Beauty and the Beast (1991). This book bridges fact and fantasy by drawing remarkable new parallels between Disney’s magical creations and their artistic models.]

Thursday, April 08, 2021

I have not read this book yet, but I like Aaron's work and I suspect it will be excellent.
 

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

This book is likely to be very interesting. I just ordered my copy.
 

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Can't wait to read this book when it is released later this year!
 

Monday, April 05, 2021

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. 

I really wanted to buy those Swedish bottle labels from the 1930s but I lost the auction this weekend. I had never seen them before and I have a feeling some of you will enjoy discovering them.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

SWEDISH DISNEY HISTORIAN NEEDED

In 2013, Are Myklebust and Jan Stale Engaas wrote a great book about the history of Disney in Norway (which they updated a few years later). That same year Jukka Vesterinen released a similar book about Disney in Finland.

The question is: who will do the same in Denmark and especially in Sweden? 

The history of Disney in Sweden in the 1930s is particularly rich, with one of the best Mickey Mouse magazines (Musse Pigg Tidningen) released in that country.

Are there any Swedish Disney historians or early-Disneyana collectors reading this? If so, could you please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com? I have some ideas about how to approach the research, but you need to be based in Sweden (ideally in Stockholm) to get access to the proper resources.
 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Found in the French magazine Candide, dated September 12, 1935: "Are we mice or men?"
 

Friday, March 26, 2021


 Interesting auction happening soon at Heritage Auctions. Check out the catalog here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 
VOLUNTEER NEEDED IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
 
So, in the end the documents I am trying to access are neither in Melbourne nor in Canberra, but in Sydney! Any volunteer there?

Recently, I have been conducting some research about the early days of Disney in Australia.
 
Is one of you based in Sydney and willing to conduct some specific research at the National Library of Australia?
 
If so, could you please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com? Thanks in advance!
 
[NOTE: I mistakenly asked for a volunteer in Melbourne initially, which was an unfortunate mistake.]

I loved Marcy Carriker Smothers' first book. I can't wait to read this upcoming one.
 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Great news! Walt's People - Volume 25 has just been released.

It features appearances by Wilfred Haughton, Basil Reynolds, William Norris Dakin, John Rose, Maurice Noble, John Lounsbery, Tim Considine, David Stollery, John Mansbridge, Roger Broggie, John Hence, Candace Lavin, Eddie Sotto, and Jim Tadevic.

Monday, March 15, 2021

I was conducting some research this weekend and stumbled upon this never-seen-before photo of Walt shot in the Summer on 1935 in Paris. The man on the right is journalist Pierre Ogouz.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

When we finally get the vaccine and when things start going back to normal, my wife and I are hoping to start traveling again. The first destination on our list is Indonesia.

No wonder I loved Chronicle Books' new volume about The Art of Raya and the Last Dragon.

I have not watched the movie yet, but looking at the concept pieces in this book I am getting really excited about what awaits.

And I just realized that I am more in love than ever with the art of Paul Felix and Brittney Lee.

I am glad to own this book and very much looking forward to watching the movie.

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

This just in from my good friend and fellow animation historian Darrell Van Citters:

[It’s not {directly} Disney related but in case there’s anyone in HHA that’s interested, my book, The Art of Jay Ward Productions, is back in print, this time in softcover.  As with the last one, available online only.  For some reason, it seems thicker and heavier than the hardcover so it could be used to prop up a chair, as a weapon or to help kids sit at the right height at an adult table.  Or you could read it.]
 

Monday, March 08, 2021


Not sure what this new publication is worth but it looks very interesting. I will get my copy very soon.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

And to conclude our pre-WWII unauthorized series from Japan, here are a few more items that I spotted online and that you may enjoy.



 

Monday, March 01, 2021

One last batch of pre-WWII Japanese postcards for your enjoyment.







 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

More of those great 1930s postcards from Japan! Apparently some of these "art deco" ones may have been drawn by artist Takahashi Shunka.