Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Farewell Roy.

Some sad news, Roy Edward Disney passed away today aged 79.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Walt in London - 1934

I recently bought this great photo of Walt and Mickey there are several dates stamped on back but the written information is dated April 20, 1934 and mentions the following:

LONDON, ENGLAND - George Bernard Shaw, Sir Edwin Luewtens, The Earl of Crawford, Lawrence Binyon and a host of Royal Academicans, artists, architects, sculptors and craftsmen have paid tribute to Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse and the Silly Symphony films, shown above with an enlarged replica of his famed Mickey Mouse. They are members of the Art Workers Guild, which has decided to make Mr. Disney an honorary member because of his great gift to the art of the film and the happiness he has brought to the world with his animated cartoons. It is the first time that the films have been recognized by the British institution.

Can anyone confirm the above date?

Many thanks to David for the following comment regarding this photo:

Check out my blog - you'll see the original photo was taken in September 1932 at a meeting of the Breakfast Club in Hollywood. Walt sits astride the club's mascot, a wooden pony nicknamed: "Ham."

I guess now the question is are there any photos the event described on back of my photo?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Original Floyd Mickey - January 5, 1938

I always love seeing original artwork be it animation, illustration or comic art. As I've probably mentioned in the past I really love the early Mickey daily and Sunday strips. There is something really special seeing Floyd Gottfredson's original artwork for these strips.

This piece is currently up on auction at Heritage Galleries. The inking is superb, the lines crisp and clear. This work is very much in context with what was happening in the animation department at the time, it is of the very high standards that Walt was pushing in his animators.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Original Tenggren Snow White art

If you have $250 000 or more to spare, this fine piece of original Tenggren poster art for Snow White could be yours at the Heritage Auctiona Galleries.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Virginia Davis recalls being Alice

Sadly Virginia Davis passed away a few weeks ago, in sorting through my files I stumbled across this article reprinted in the August 4, 1978 issue of the Disney Newsreel.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Walt & Roy - 1940s

Here's a great photo of Walt and Roy which looks to be taken in the 40s on a ship, possibly embarking for Europe. Any ideas?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Walt & Mickey in Chicago

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings, without the couragous spirit of those who went into battle that day we would not enjoy the freedoms we have today. According to some accounts MICKEY MOUSE was the pass word used by troops on D-Day.

Hardly a surprise when by 1944 Mickey was so much a part of international culture.

Here is a photo of Walt and Mickey arriving in Chicago on a visit to The Chicago Century Of Progress Exposition on July 18, 1933.

Disney in Burbank

On August 31, 1938 Walt and Roy paid a deposit of $10 000 for the above 51 acres in Burbank. The total purchase price would come to $100 000 for the property which to this day remains the corporate headquarters of the Walt Disney Company.

I imagine the above photo was taken around the time of purchase if not at the outset of construction.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Walt & Staff 1930s

Here is a great staff photo taken sometime I think in the mid 30s to promote MICKEY MOUSE ICE CREAM. If anyone can put a date to the photo and identify some of the unknown faces I would love to hear from you.

Those that I can identify (hopefully correctly) Back row left to right: Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline, Wilfred Jackson, Norm Ferguson.

Front second from left looks like Fred Moore and just behind him Les Clark. Second from right still in front looks like Pinto Colvig.

My feeling this is 1935 sometime as Donald can be seen on the banner.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Walt in Paris - 1933

I'm back with more photos.



Walt Disney, whose animated cartoons are known throughout the world, came to Paris for a rest. This first thing that greeted his eye was a copy Les Trois Petit Cochons (Three Little Pigs to you). They can be found by the dozens (in book form) in any French railroad station.
Mr. Disney is pictured with a French version of his famous movie in book form, on the roof of the Hotel Crillon in Paris. ACME, June 25, 1935

Monday, March 2, 2009

BUCKY BUG proofs

I just picked up these proofs for the Silly Symphonies Bucky Bug Sunday strip.


If you like Hank Porter and have about $4000-$5000 to spare either one of these beautiful Good Housekeeping pieces can be yours.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


First, sorry for the lack of updates, my computer recently broke down and I'm in the process of finding a new one which will meet my needs so unfortunately I haven't been able to scan any new material.

Now, during my regular stops, reading blogs I came to thinking about the restoration of the LAUGH-O-GRAM studio in Kansas City. I tried to log onto the THANK YOU WALT website and found that it appears to be gone.

Does anybody know what has happened to the project? I was really excited about it, the last I heard back in January 2008 I think was that work was about to begin.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Like so many other animation and Disney enthusiasts, I love both BAMBI and PINOCCHIO, they represent animation art at its finest. Don't get me wrong there are many fine animated films, but of the early features they are my favorite.

Unfortunately Disney had to produce a sequel to BAMBI, fortunately for me, I worked on it as a layout artist and had a chance to see some very hi-res scans of the original backgrounds and layouts.

What is so amazing is the beauty of the artwork, the layout and background artists really did their best to capture that dreamy feel of the Tyrus Wong concepts. Here are a few pieces that really impressed me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Does anybody know who may own a print or an original print of the above photo?

Friday, January 9, 2009

BAMBI - publicity sketches part 3

This is the last of the 8x10s I have for now, when I find more I'll be sure to post them. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Friday, January 2, 2009

BAMBI - publicity sketches part 2

These are my favorites, Happy New Year ! ! !