Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kosti Ruohomaa was a special effects artist at the Disney Studio from 1938 to 1941. After he left the Studio he became a professional photographer.

I just discovered a few days ago this fascinating biography which contains a great chapter about Kosti's work for Disney and about 15 never-seen-before photos that Kosti shot while he was working at the Hyperion studio and later in Burbank. From my standpoint, in themselves these photos are worth the price of the book.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Another photo found online which I had not seen before.

According to the caption, this is Walt Disney skiing at Sugar Bowl Lodge on September 5, 1941. That date does not make any sense, of course, since Walt was still in South America.

In reality the photo was taken during the first part of 1941, according to this article on the site of the Walt Disney Family Museum. I will find to find the exact date at some point...

Monday, February 19, 2018

I am so glad to see the autobiography of Larry Watkin released today by Pulp Hero Press. I had been looking forward to this release for more than a year.

Larry Watkin was a screenwriter on some of the best Disney live-action films, including Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and Darby O'Gill and the Little People, as well as a fascinating human being.

50 pages of the book are focused on his Disney career, not counting the in-depth afterword by Disney historian, Todd James Pierce.

I will pick up my own copy right away! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Just found online this photo of Walt at the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This just in from Are Myklebust:

[I found this very interesting photo on a Charlie Chaplin website to day:

Members of United Artists at United Airport in Burbank, July 1933

L-R: Ed Finney, Hal Horne, Walt Disney, Al Lichtman, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Joe Schenck.

The first four were heading to Chicago for a convention of film exhibitors.

Link to the blog posting for details and identification:

http://www.discoveringchaplin.com/2015/04/

Futher information about the four lesser known persons on the photo:

Edward Finney (1903 - 1983), film producer.
Hal Horne (1893 - 1955), publicity director for UA (and later a publisher).
Al Lichtman (1888 - 1958), businessman and film producer.
Joseph M. Schenck (1878 - 1961), Russian-born film studio executive.]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This just in from David Peake:

[I just found this  today on the Hachette Book Group website:

Practically Poppins In Every Way - A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders by Jeff Kurtti (November 2018).

Also the Taschen Disneyland book has dropped off the Amazon website.
The Ub Iwerks and Monorail books both have release dates in 2019.]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This just in from Theme Park Press about this new book, for your information:

[The Past in Mint Condition

Film critic Josh Spiegel analyzes in depth the poignant themes of loss and nostalgia that run beneath the exuberant playfulness of the Toy Story and Cars films. He concludes with a chapter on Disney animation in the 2010s. With photos.

Pixar tickled a yearning in adults who gave up their own Woodys and Buzzes but still cling to the idealized wood and plastic and stuffing of their lost-forever youth. As their own children face forward to the future with Buzz Lightyear's "To infinity...and beyond!" they hear just an echo from their past.

Spiegel adroitly positions the Pixar films as not just animated fodder for the kids but as surprisingly sophisticated—and introspective—fare for the grown-ups.

"Affectionate, vivid, and insightful. ... Even if you've seen these movies a thousand times, you'll discover something new about how yearning for the past defined the future of animation."
—Anthony Breznican, Entertainment Weekly]