Friday, July 23, 2021

  

Spectacular auction coming up at Heritage Auctions on August 6 to 8!

Friday, July 09, 2021


 Do you live in Italy? If so, you do not want to miss this upcoming exhibition!

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Here are two photos of Walt I had never seen before and that I located this week. In the first one he is traveling to the Chicago's Century of Progress exhibition. On the second one he is on his way back.

 

Wednesday, July 07, 2021


 Interesting Disneyana auction coming up at the end of the month.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Lucie Dolene was the French voice of Snow White and was "the French June Foray." 

I can't wait to buy and read her recently released autobiography (in French, of course).
 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

What am I up to at the moment? While the pandemic slowed many projects down, I still have a lot cooking these days... a few projects that I cannot yet reveal (including one in collaboration with historians JB Kaufman and Ted Thomas) and a few that I can: 

1. The manuscript of Walt's People - Volume 26 is ready and being reviewed by contributors. I expect it to be released around October of this year.

2. The monograph about The Origins of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures is awaiting review and approval by Disney and show be available well before the end of the year, if things go according to plan.

3. And along with my friend and fellow historian, Libby Spatz, I am currently tackling one of my most ambitious projects to date: a monograph titled Mickey Mouse on Stage and on Radio in the 1930s. We are making so many outstanding discoveries (among other things thanks to many volunteers around the US and around the world) that I have a feeling that the monograph may have to be split into two volumes. The photograph above is one of my latest finds. It dates from 1936 and features the two entertainers from New Zealand Reg Morgan and Albert Russell as they hosted the first Mickey Mouse radio program in Australia, "The Adventures of Mickey Mouse."

Sunday, June 27, 2021

 The Disney Books Network has just been updated.

Friday, June 25, 2021

An exhibition about Disney's cinematographer Ernst A. Heiniger, "famous" for his role on one of the People and Places and on Grand Canyon, is now taking place in Switzerland. A catalog of the exhibition has been released and I just ordered a copy.

A documentary about Ernst A. Heiniger has also been posted at this link on YouTube. 

Thanks to Jim Hollifield for the heads up this morning.
 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021


 If you can read Finnish, do not miss this newly released book.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

 
 
VOLUNTEER NEEDED IN DAYTON, OHIO

Is one of you based in Dayton, Ohio (or nearby) and willing to conduct some fascinating Disney-history-related research at Wright State University? If so, could you email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com?
 
There is an amazing, untapped collection there which is bound to contain a lot of photographs linked to Mickey Mouse in the 1930s. This ad from 1931 gives a small clue about the story.
 
Thanks in advance. Fingers crossed.

Friday, June 11, 2021


 Sometimes Mickey Mouse is a little scary...

Wednesday, June 02, 2021


VOLUNTEER NEEDED NEAR ROCHESTER, NEW YORK 
 
Dear all: I am still desperately looking for a volunteer based near Rochester, New York to conduct some fascinating Disney-related research at The Strong Museum. If you are willing to help, could you please email me at didier.ghez@gmail.com? Thanks in advance.

 

Friday, May 28, 2021

The long-awaited book about Imagineer Claude Coats by Dave Bossert is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Dave sent me the following yesterday:

[Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer—The Making of Disneyland:

From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond

 

By David A. Bossert

Preface by Alan Coats

Foreword by Tony Baxter

The Old Mill Press

ISBN- 9781735769127, 264 Pages, US$65.00 

Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer—The Making of Disneyland: From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond is the story of artist and designer Claude Coats who, for more than half a century, was one of the most prolific creative talents at The Walt Disney Company and, arguably, the most accomplished.

An unpretentious man of strapping stature, Coats was the artist behind some of the stunning backgrounds produced at the Disney studio during the Golden Age of Animation before being handed-picked by Walt Disney, to start the fabled WED Enterprises—now known as Walt Disney Imagineering. Working side by side with Walt Disney, Claude Coats is considered a significant influence in creating the first theme park, Disneyland, and a new form of creativity called Imagineering. He forever changed the worlds of global entertainment, technology, architecture, and popular culture.

This book explores Coats’ first fifteen-years designing and building some of the most iconic and enduring attractions at Disneyland including Alice in Wonderland, The Submarine Voyage, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and so many more. This 264-page book is profusely illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs and artworks.]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of The Art of Luca

 Chronicle Books did a great job, as always. The volume is full of stunning artwork by great artists like Deanna Marsigliese, Josh Holtsclaw and Tadhiro Uesugi which makes it a delight to stare at.

The subject matter does not attract me, as such, but this is a Pixar production, and the art is so beautiful that I may be pleasantly surprised when I end up watching the movie.

Sunday, May 23, 2021


 Here is another new book by Jim Korkis which I will pick up soon.

Friday, May 21, 2021

One more interesting auction coming up this week, this one from Van Eaton Galleries.
 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

A few days, I stupidly missed a Japanese auction that featured two great Mickey Mouse books. This one went for way too high a price for me to afford. I was frustrated to miss buying the other one that I had been looking for for months.

Anyway, I thought you would enjoy those images.






 

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.