Thursday, October 09, 2014

The blog will be updated again on October 23.
This just in from Lars Emanuelsson:

[Almost three years ago now, a post on this blog related a story, originally sent to Jim Korkis as a follow-up on an article about the Snow White premiere.

The content was this: for the Snow White premiere, Gustaf Tenggren was presented with an envelope with two tickets. But his wife Mollie didn’t like the seats they were given so she didn’t attend. Years later Gustaf had given the envelope and ticket to a friend in the children’s book trade. The e-mail sender had acquired the ticket but had since sold it.

As a Tenggren biographer I was quite moved by this story. Gustaf had attended the Snow White premiere without his wife, and he had kept the remaining ticket as a token. He was not as discontent with his time at Disney’s after all, I thought.

I was really curious of who the person was that had received the ticket from Gustaf. With the tremendous and kind help of Jim Korkis, I finally got hold of the previous owner of the ticket, and wrote to him to ask who he bought it from. The seller proved to be a person I had known since 1990, when I first started my Tenggren research. His report of the events changed my idea totally.

The parents of the seller had met the Tenggren’s while travelling in Mexico. After Tenggren’s moving to Maine, the seller’s parents worked for Tenggren around the house for some years. After Gustaf’s death, the seller visited Mollie several times. At one of these visits, Mollie presented him with the ticket and told him the story about it: Gustaf didn’t like the places, so he didn’t want to go. Apparently she must have attended herself, since there was only one ticket left. The seller kept it for a long time but later, reluctantly, sold it to a friend, who then sold it on E-bay years later. Unfortunately, none of the owners had a scan of the ticket.

After hearing this last version of the story, my previous image of Gustaf was turned upside down, and in a disappointing way. It indicated that he was just as grumpy as I had suspected after all. Just to think that he participated in this historical and fantastic production without going to its premiere, just because he was discontent with their seating. What a grouch!

If the present owner of the ticket and its envelope reads this, and would like to share a scan of it, I would be truly grateful!

Lars Emanuelsson


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Kindle editions of both Animation Anecdotes and Vault of Walt Volume 3 are now up at Amazon. And on Saturday, November 8, Jim Korkis will be the guest speaker at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco speaking about Walt Disney's work with Wernher von Braun on the three Disney outer space television shows produced in the 1950s for Walt's weekly television program. You can find out more information at the museum website.

For more info about Animation Anecdotes, check this article.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Good news: Walt's People - Volume 15 was sent to the publisher last week and should be available at some point within the next two months. Once again, I love the caricatures that John Musker created for the cover!

Friday, October 03, 2014

This just in from Russell Schroeder:

[I have put out 2 more Disney song folios and wanted to mail you samples.

One folio is the complete score for YE OLDEN DAYS. This is the first time a cartoon's entire score, (songs and background melodies) has been made available. It's the first in a series of folios I hope to put out which will feature a classic Mickey or Silly Symphony from the 1930s.

The other folio is a collection of 34 songs from the animated shorts from the years 1953-2003. Most of these songs were never published on sheet music. The few that had been published have been out of print for some time. I'm only aware of one song that still appears in current folios: "Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day." This folio has a counterpart in another one I am assembling covering the shorts from 1938-1953.

I am including a sheet with ordering information, in case you feel these may be of interest to readers of your website.]

I am convinced that some of you will be interested. If you click on the above image you will see it in high resolution.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Looking for a Research Assistant

This just in from my good friend and fellow Disney historian, Joe Campana:

[I am seeking a research assistant - preferably a college student - who must live in Southern California and have a strong interest in animation history (with an emphasis on Disney animation.)

The position would be an internship requiring 4-8 hours per week and can begin within the next few weeks. Specifics can be discussed once we exchange contact information.

Emails may be sent to animationhistory [at] gmail [dot] com ]

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Found on ebay last week but not picked up (the postage costs were way too high on this one). I thought you would might enjoy it.