Tuesday, January 23, 2024

 Do not miss Kamden Spies's wonderful article om CartoonResearch, "Mort Walker’s Bambi!"

Thursday, January 18, 2024

I am scanning the Larry Lansburgh collection as part of the preservation efforts of the Hyperion Historical Alliance. At the top of the best discoveries of the month: some new never-seen-before photographs of the 1946 trip to Ireland for the making of "Darby O'Gill and the Little People," and the diary of Larry Lansburgh from that trip (the pages were hidden in a totally unrelated folder!). 

All this trip-related material will be included in the monograph about "The Making of Darby O'Gill and the Little People" that Jim Hollifield and I are writing at the moment for release by the Hyperion Historical Alliance Press in 2025.

As a reminder, if you want to support financially the efforts of the HHA, you can do it at this link

Friday, January 12, 2024

The other book I am very much looking forward to this year is the autobiography of Bob Weis, Dream Chasing: My Four Decades of Success and Failure with Walt Disney Imagineering.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Coming up in September and finally available for pre-order on Amazon! I am so looking forward to this book by my friends and fellow Disney historians Don Peri and Pete Docter!

Thursday, January 04, 2024

The new Hyperion Historical Alliance Annual has just been released and I believe you will want to pick up your copy right away!

The 2023 HHA Annual is the fourth in a series of publications featuring in-depth articles on Disney history-related subjects authored by members of this professional association. This edition's articles include:
  • "Woolie Reitherman Needs to Fly: A Disney Artist Goes to Work," the definitive account of the aeronautical accomplishments and World War II heroism of Disney animator and director Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman;
  • "Oswald the Laemmle Rabbit," a look at the development and business-related management of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit character in his early years;
  • "Walt Disney and The Life of Hans Christian Anderson," a history of the unrealized Disney projects related to the life and creations of the beloved author;
  • "1945-46: Edgar Bergen and Disney's Story Department," an exploration of unmade projects that would have featured ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his beloved characters prior to the release of Fun and Fancy Free (1947);
  • "Direct from the Islands: The Polynesian Magic of Pete Seanoa," a celebration of the life and career of a live entertainment pioneer whose work at Disneyland coincided with a post-war interest in Polynesian culture.

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Are you missing back issues of the best Disney history magazine ever, Persistence of Vision? Would you like to pick up signed Disney history books? 

Paul F. Anderson has decided to sell part of his collection via the trustworthy store Saturday's Toys. 

You can find a list of what is being sold at this link.