Thursday, February 04, 2016

The blog will be updated again on February 11.
This great photo just in from Julie Svendsen:

[Sharing an old photo with you. On the back of the photo my mom wrote, "Detroit Group, 1957".  Pictured are from left: Mrs. Clemmons, Betty Kimball, Ward Kimball, Carol Svendsen, Julius Svendsen, Larry Clemmons.]

UPDATE: Todd James Pierce believes that this might be the "magic highway" research group.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Russell Schroeder has done it again: he has just self-published a great selection of Disney sheet music from some of the Silly Symphonies and other Disney cartoons. You will find all of the ordering information in the bottom image (click on it to enlarge it).

Monday, February 01, 2016

I am really looking forward to those two upcoming books whose cover were released last week on Amazon: Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series and The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember.

Friday, January 29, 2016

This just in from Julie Svendsen:

[I've attached an old photo of some of the guys at the Studio in approx. the 60s:  Art Stevens, Jack Bailey (I think), Jack Boyd, Charlie Downs (I think) and my dad Sven.]

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This is a book that I had been awaiting for a long time and it does not disappoint. From the day I received Garry Apgar's illustrated manuscript a few years ago, I knew that I was reading something special.

I use the following criteria to judge a Disney book:

- Is the subject matter compelling?
- Does the text contain new information?
- Is the text easy to read?
- Are there any endnotes or precise references to the sources of the information which give me confidence that what I am reading is accurate?
- Does the book include visual documents that I have not seen before?

The answer to all those questions is an enthusiastic yes when it comes to Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit. This huge art-book is clearly one of the most important Disney-history books released last year and will remain a key references for years to come. I learned a lot by reading it and discovered dozens of visual documents which I was not aware of.

So, is this the definitive book about Mickey Mouse? Without a doubt, when it comes to the history of the genesis of Mickey or to the history of Mickey's place in the art world, etc. But there is still space in my bookshelves for at least one more book about Mickey Mouse after this one: one that would be written by experts like David Gerstein and JB Kaufman about the making of Mickey's cartoons and the Mickey shorts that were planned but abandoned.

In the meantime I will read and re-read with tremendous delight Garry's magnum opus.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Several book-related news:

Michael Barrier has posted a very thoughtful review about They Drew As They Pleased yesterday.

Andreas Deja is already thinking about two more books as revealed on his blog.

I will be posting tomorrow a rave review of Garry Apgar's Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Two great articles by Todd James Pierce that should not be missed on the Disney History Institute:

- The Frontierland That Never Was and
- The Original Plans for the “Sailing Ship Columbia”