Friday, December 31, 2021

I just stumbled upon this very rare clip (see 0:27 onwards) which shows a float titled “The Court of Funnies,” which appeared in the Christmas parade sponsored by the Eaton Department store on November 17, 1934 in Toronto, Canada. The same parade also appeared in Montreal on November 24, 1934.

Happy 2022 to all of you! 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

And here is one more book I am looking forward to.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

 The Disney Books Network has finally been updated today. Apologies for the delay.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

I realized a few days ago that, in the 1930s and the 1940s, the magazine Collier's contained a lot of special artwork created for it by the Disney Studios. I still have a lot to explore on this new trail, but here is a first example from an issue dated June 30, 1934. 


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

I had always wanted to watch Steel and America, the 1965 educational film produced by Disney for the American Iron and Steel Institute. I finally found a link to the whole documentary.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

 The autobiography of Don Bluth is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Can't wait!!

Monday, December 13, 2021

One of the monographs I am working on at the moment (along with my friend and fellow Disney historian Libby Spatz) includes a chapter that deals with Mickey Mouse marionette shows from the 1930s. While tying some loose ends on the chapter, I stumbled upon this upcoming book, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon. 

Bob Baker started working on Disney-related shows when he was just a kid. Later in his life was the man behind some of Disneyland most elaborate display windows. Apparently the book includes quite a few pages (and photos) related to his Disney career. 

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Did you enjoy Robin Allan's book, Walt Disney and Europe? Did you love the catalog of the 2007 Grand Palais exhibition, Once Upon a Time Walt Disney? If so, you will love the catalog of the new Met exhibition, Inspiring Walt Disney, written by Wolf Burchard.

Wolf really did his homework and this catalog is a "must-have." There is not much that we have not seen before when it comes to Disney artwork, but the choice of documents is excellent and the contextualization is what makes this book so valuable. The text is also well written and very well researched.

Monday, December 06, 2021

Last week I received a copy of the new book The Art of Aaron Blaise. Blaise directed Brother Bear and served as visual development artist on several Disney and non-Disney animated features, including the unproduced Disney project King of the Elves.

The book contains a large amount of Disney-related artwork (for produced and unproduced projects) which is, surprisingly, not identified as having been created for Disney. I was delighted to see that artwork appear in book form. 

Sunday, December 05, 2021

 New Disneyland auction coming up at Van Eaton Galleries.

Friday, December 03, 2021

Women of Walt Disney Imagineering is finally available for pre-order on Amazon! I cannot wait to read it when it is released next year.