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  • Blog Post: "it's a small world" composer looks back on his big career at Disney

    It wasn't always easy directly working for Walt Disney. Sometimes you found yourself dealing with some very weird assignments. "My brother and I were in our office one day when we got a phone call. 'Walt wants you down on Stage 4,' " Disney Legend Richard M Sherman recalled during...
  • Blog Post: Buck Sergeant Duck and other tales of Donald's 50th birthday celebration

    So what are you going to do with your Memorial Day Monday? If you're out in Southern California and looking for a really spectacular patriotic event to attend ... I'm afraid that you're about a week late at this point. You see, the City of Torrance 's 52 nd Armed Forces Day Celebration...
  • Blog Post: "Forgotten Dreams" proves that Sherman Bros. music isn't just for kids

    If you grew up humming songs like " Chim-Chim-Cheree " and " Winnie the Pooh ," then you have Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman to thank. These Disney Legends provided the soundtrack during many a baby boomer's formative years. Of course, as you grew older, your taste in music...
  • Blog Post: "Two Guys Named Joe" celebrates the creative legacy of two Disney Legends

    So why exactly should you buy " Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft " (Disney Editions, August 2010)? Because this new John Canemaker book not only does a brilliant job of paying tribute to these animation legends, this 192-page hardcover contains one...
  • Blog Post: Leonard Maltin to receive the first-ever NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage Award

    For a guy who spends much of his time among the stars (the Hollywood kind, anyway), author and film historian Leonard Maltin is surprisingly down-to-earth. Which is why – when Leonard and I chatted on the phone yesterday about how he’d been selected to receive the very first NFFC-Disneyana Fan Club Heritage...
  • Blog Post: Remembering Virginia Davis (1918 - 2009)

    When talking about the Walt Disney Company’s origins, the cliché that people usually default to is “It all started with a Mouse.” Which isn’t exactly true. A full five years before Mickey came on the scene, Walt was trying to get his “Alice Comedies” series off the ground. And the little girl that Disney...
  • Blog Post: How sometimes being in the wrong place is the right thing to do

    BoagaloonsFanNo1 writes in to say: I just found this great set of clips from Wally Boag 's appearance on the Muppets Show over on YouTube . And since you're such a huge Disney / Muppets fan, I was wondering if you knew anything about how Wally got hired to appear on that show. You're in luck, BoagaloonsFanNo1...
  • Blog Post: A meet the author / artist / filmmaker edition of Where For

    Are you a Disneyana enthusiast who likes to collect the signatures of your favorite authors, artists and/or filmmakers? Well, have I got good news for you? Over the next eight days, there's going to be a variety of events held all over the country that will give you the chance to get up-close-and-personal...
  • Blog Post: "Raggedy Ann" reunion features look at rarely seen Richard Williams film

    A few weeks back, Nathan Rose of MagicalMountain asked me to provide him with some fairly innocuous information (i.e. My favorite Disney theme park, my favorite resort, favorite film, favorite animated character, etc.). Which Nathan then planned on using to help promote his Magical Definition podcast...
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