Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Six days only until the release of They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age!

Jerry Beck just published a review on Cartoon Research. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The blog will be updated less often until September 14.
I discovered this exceptional Japanese book last week and ordered it on right away. I had never seen so many examples of artwork created by the Disney artists during WWII reproduced in a book. Combined with David Lesjak's Service With Character The Disney Studio and World War II (which contains the English explanations) this becomes a truly fabulous reference book and a "must have". 

Monday, August 24, 2015

The blog will probably be updated again on Thursday, August 27.

Friday, August 21, 2015

I received a copy of this book yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. It is much more interestingthan what I expected. The author cares about the subject matter and it shows. The book is not an in-depth history book, but it is not pure marketing "puff" either. There are dozens of wonderful surprises both within the text and among the illustrations. The layout is also a pure delight.

While this is not necessarily a "must have" for readers of this blog, it is a book that I am really happy to recommend snce it made me smile from ear to ear yesterday.

There is real care that went into the making of this book as well as the will to create something different instead of simply recycling known bits and pieces of information. This is refreshing and quite encouraging.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Heads up from Are Myklebust about some great Disneyland-related documents that can be found at this link.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This wonderful essay about Disney artist Charles Cristadoro is definitely worth reading.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This just in from Garry Apgar:

[Those Donald (and Daisy) Duck spoofs of Old Masters paintings recently discussed here bring to mind the two-minute animated sequence in the 2003 Warner Bros. feature film Looney Tunes: Back in Action, which can be viewed at this link.

The sequence involves Elmer Fudd, shotgun in hand, madly pursuing Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny through the Louvre (Elmer must believe his constitutional right to bear arms applies in France as well as the U.S.). In the course of the chase the three characters enter into iconic masterpieces by Salvador Dalí, Edvard Munch (The Scream), Toulouse-Lautrec, and Seurat, none of which are actually at the Louvre. 

In the midst of the action we glimpse Whistler's momma, chair-bound, hopping across one of the galleries. Whistler's Mother once was the only painting by an American in the world's most prestigious museum (in 1975 the Louvre acquired a landscape by the founder of the Hudson River School, Thomas Cole). In 1986, however, Whistler's Mother was transferred to the Musée d'Orsay, also in Paris, which showcases great mid- and late-19th-century art.

Some while back — in the 1970s or '80s, I think — an anonymous Disney artist created a pastiche of Whistler's famed composition with Minnie as the artist's mother (see below). Very much in the spirit of those Duck parodies from the late '30s ... though one can't help but wonder who "Minnie" was the mother of, and who it was that put her in a family way.

Whatever the answers to those portentous questions, one thing is certain. Mickey and Minnie's affection for Whistler's Mother goes way back — at least as far back as the May 1933 issue of the Mickey Mouse Magazine (also copied below), published one year before the painting was further immortalized on a U.S. commemorative postage stamp, on May 2, 1934.]