Friday, December 02, 2016

I am currently working on the chapter about Tom Oreb for the fourth volume of the They Drew As They Pleased book series, and I am learning a lot, as always. For example, I had totally forgotten that Tom Oreb had drawn the cartoons that illutrate the 1943 Disney booklet, The Ropes at Disney.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The last two years have been the best ones in a long, long time when it comes to animated features. From mys standpoint, Zootopia, Inside Out, Kubo and the Two Strings and now Moana are not just animated masterpieces, they are movie masterpieces.

I was glad to watch John  Muster and Ron Clements' latest movie this weekend, I was happy to see that it was a triumph at the box office, and I was delighted to receive this week a review copy of The Art of Moana from Chronicle Books. The Kakamora are my favorite characters in the movie and I loved seeing how the designs evolved.

I am biased, of course, but I have to admit that I love those volumes from Chronicle Books. As always, their passion for the product shows in every single detail.  Once more: kuddos to them!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


On December 11, Heritage Auction will hold another spectacular Animation Art auction. As always, they have located quite a few rare masterpieces including those two spendlid ones by Mary Blair. The one from Susie, the Little Blue Coupe is one of only 5 pieces by Mary Blair from that short that I am aware of.

You can check out the catalog at this link.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This just in from Theme Park Press:

[SKIPPER STORIES
True Tales from Disneyland's Jungle Cruise

Real Skippers of Disneyland

In this unique oral history of Disneyland's iconic attraction, the World Famous Jungle Cruise, dozens of skippers, from the 1950s to the present, share harrowing, humorous, sometimes even horrific tales of their pun-fraught voyages and their behind-the-scenes hellraising.

The Jungle Cruise is that most unusual of Disney attractions where the ride itself is secondary to the cast member. Once the boat leaves the dock, Disney no longer controls the experience; your skipper does.

Former skipper and now history professor David John Marley presents the uncensored stories of six decades of Jungle Cruise skippers. Their never-before-spieled tales include:

- Skipper selection, skipper training, how the ride works, and no-holds-barred confessions of what life is like in the jungle

- Celebrity guests: the good, the bad, and the entitled, and one very public embarrassment, skipper style

- The rite of passage for new Jungle Cruise skippers: peeing in the river

- Drunken orgies, stand-up comedy, and a heist that led to one skipper's permanent expulsion from Disneyland

- Pranks and more pranks, from the comic to the cruel, with dickish skippers and unruly guests learning the law of the jungle

Welcome to the Jungle...]

Friday, November 25, 2016

This just in from Theme Park Press about The Walt Disney World that Never Was:

[The Imagineering Graveyard

On an alternate earth, Walt Disney World guests are taking in the thrills of Thunder Mesa, braving the Beastly Kingdom, marveling at Villains Mountain, and staying the night at Disney's Persian Resort. Want to join them? This is your guidebook to the theme park that Disney never built.

In this unique, extensively researched book, Christopher Smith discusses the many attractions, shows, and resorts that were planned for Walt Disney World, from opening day to the present day, but that exist only in the minds of Imagineers.

You'll find old "favorites" such as Thunder Mesa and Beastly Kingdom, as well as those lost to the pixie dust of time, like Dick Tracy's Crime Stoppers, the Enchanted Snow Palace, and Buffalo Junction. Smith looks at the politics and internal struggles behind the decision to shelve each concept, and imagines what guests might have experienced.

Every park at Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios - has its hidden cache of "lost" attractions. They're all here, along with the many resort hotels that Disney intended to build, but didn't.

Put aside those guidebooks of the Walt Disney World that is, and come to a vacation kingdom that you can visit only if you find the second star to the right and then keep straight on till morning.]

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The French version of Garry Apgar's great book about Mickey is available at this link.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I need to get a copy of the catalog from this Japanese exhibition. Could anyone help?