Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I really like the newly released cover of Jeff Kurtti's upcoming book!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I just received my personal copy of Mickey's Movies by Gijs Grob. I absolutely love this book. Gijs discusses all of Mickey's shorts and his insights are absolutely fascinating.

To be read in small installments. A "must have" for Mickey enthusiasts.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I just received my own copy of the recently-released autobiography of Larry Watkin. This is a mus-read for all of you interested in Disney's live-action  productions. The afterword by Todd James Pierce about Watkin at Disney is also pure delight. 

Thursday, March 08, 2018

I just received a review copy of Travels with Walt Disney by Jeff Kurtti and I have to say that I love this book.

It is chiefly a book of photographs, which means the amount of text is very limited (but what there is is well-researched, of course).

When it comes to the photos, I had not seen at least twenty percent of them in any art book before. In other words, I discovered quite a bit in this beautiful volume. I was especially delighted to see a great series of WWI pictures of Walt reproduced in it. They had appeared before in the excellent book Service With Character The Disney Studio and World War II by David Lesjak, but the quality of the paper in Jeff's book is much higher, which allows us to appreciate all of the details for the first time.

From my standpoint this book is a "must have." Kudos to Jeff!

Friday, March 02, 2018

For obvious reasons (alcohol and cigarette) this stunning piece by Mel Shaw for The Great Mouse Detective sold recently by Van Eaton Galleries will not make it into They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 5, but I thought you would all enjoy it.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

This just in from Theme Park Press:

[A Few Words About Our Star...

In this definitive book about the cinematic career of Mickey Mouse, animation historian Gijs Grob analyzes each of Mickey's theatrical films, in chronological order, with introductory essays, plot summaries, and notes about the talented creatives who brought Mickey to the silver screen.

Grob divides Mickey's filmography into seven parts, beginning with his first primitive efforts in 1928 and continuing through Get a Horse! in 2013, with substantial sections about Mickey's "barnyard" years, the introduction of his friends and rivals, and his "settling down" to cartoon prosperity, as Goofy, Pluto, and Donald eclipse his fame.

The book also includes a look at Mickey's "doppelgangers," the little-remembered Foxy, Milton, and Rita; a list of Mickey's Academy Award nominations; comprehensive "show notes" that include release dates and the names of the animators, storymen, layout artists, musicians, directors, and others who created each Mickey film; and extensive notes and index.

Throughout, Grob stays opinionated, pointing out flaws where he finds them, and not letting Mickey (or Disney) off the hook for a poor performance.]