Spectacular auction coming up at Heritage Auctions on August 6 to 8!
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."
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.
[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.]
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.
Anyway, I thought you would enjoy those images.
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.]
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 email@example.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.
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.