Monday, November 29, 2021

I just received a copy of Marcy Carriker Smothers' new book, Walt's Disneyland -- A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney.

I love the quality of the research that Marcy conducted for the book. The text is fascinating from start to finish and the amount of original quotes that Marcy gathered is astounding. Reading this book is a pure delight.

My only two disappointments are that this is a soft-cover book and the fact that very few of the illustrations are new. I suspect that most of this is due to the pandemic which made access to new visual documents almost impossible.

All in all this book is a "must have", though. Way to go Marcy.

Friday, November 26, 2021

I just received The Art of Disney Encanto and am very much looking forward to watching the movie when it is released on Disney+ (since Rita and I are yet to venture to a cinema).

As always I loved this book from publisher Chronicle Books. The talent of concept artists Lorelay Bove and Byron Howard never ceases to amaze me, and it is a delight to discover new artists like art director Camille Andre through this new publication.

Can't wait (but will have to) to see the movie!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Jim Korkis just emailed me to let me know that Dick Nunis had announced at Destination D the upcoming release of his autobiography via Disney Editions. Can't wait!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Disney Revolt by my good friend and fellow Disney historian Jake Friedman is now available for pre-order on Amazon. 

I have had a chance to read an early version of the manuscript and I can confirm that this will be one of the best Disney history books of 2022 and probably of the decade.

This is the first time I understood clearly the day by day chronology of the 1941 Disney strike and who did what and why.

This is a balanced account, a meticulously researched story, and a beautifully written book, which should be at the very top of your wish list!  


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

John Musker just created those marvelous caricatures for the cover of Walt's People - Volume 26, which should be released in a few weeks.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

In my book Disney's Grand Tour, I wrote:

"On his last full day in Paris, July 2, 1935, Walt took time to discover the office of the daily newspaper Paris-Soir. There he had lunch with actor Robert Montgomery; Paris-Soir’s General Manager; actress Nicole de Rouves; M. de Kermaingant; and MGM’s representative in Paris, Allan Byre; as well as Curtis Melnitz, Sam Cohen, and Marcel Teyssère from United Artists."

I just stumbled this morning upon a photo of this event and thought many of you would enjoy it as much as I did!

Monday, November 15, 2021

This new book just in from Jim Korkis:

[Are you smarter than a Disney Historian?

Of course you are because nobody can know everything about Walt Disney World.   In this book, author Jim Korkis who is an acknowledged and respected Disney Historian has provided 500 multiple choice questions about fifty years of WDW.


The 500 questions are divided into ten different sections. In keeping with the spirit of WDW’s 50th anniversary, they are gathered in groups of 50. Readers can pick and choose which sections they might want to try or skip or even what order to try and answer them.


Everything from the individual parks to the resorts to things outside the parks and resorts are included as well as WDW history.  Additional sections feature lists of fifty years of historical highlights, fun facts and more.


These are not the typical questions that can be found on the internet but questions and answers that were verified by the Walt Disney Company over the last thirty years.   Jim was responsible for writing many trivia quizzes and fun fact media sheets for WDW so all of that information had to go through scrutiny of several Disney departments including the Disney Archives for final approval.


The answer section does not just provide the correct answer but is usually several sentences to explain fully why it was the right answer or why the other choices were wrong.  In that way, even if someone got the question correct, they might still learn a little bit more.


Jim hopes this book will encourage readers to go back and re-look at something at Walt Disney World in a different perspective that they might have seen dozens of times or maybe discover a hidden treasure they never knew had always been there like how leaf imprints are created in Disney’s concrete walkways or which Port Orleans ferry boat has a misspelled name.


The book is formatted so that even after taking the quiz, it can still be used as a valuable reference and an opportunity to irritate other people by quizzing them.]

Monday, November 08, 2021

I had never seen this clip of Walt arriving in the Netherlands in 1951

Thanks to François Monferran for the heads up!

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

I am looking forward to reading this new issue of Disney Twenty-Three.