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  • Blog Post: "Disney: The Ultimate Visual Guide" offers peeks at Disney Company's past and future

    Looking to start your very own Disney reference library? If so, then have I got a great starter book for you: Russell Schroeder's "Disney: The Ultimate Visual Guide." Between the covers of this one thin volume is a virtual Reader's Digest version of the history of the Walt Disney Company. Pages and pages...
  • Blog Post: Want to see a Japanese animation master at work? Read "The Art of Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away'"

    Did you get to see "Spirited Away" when it was released to U.S. theaters last year? That's okay. Neither did I. Mind you, I wanted to. For the better part of a year, I had been hearing about this amazing new movie from Japanese animation legend, Hayao Miyazaki. How "Spirited Away" had grossed a record...
  • Blog Post: "The Invisible Art" is a must-have for the serious film fan

    You know, one of the nicest thing about living in the information age is that -- as soon as a major motion movie comes out -- you can usually find a "Making Of" book for that particular film immediately available at your local bookstore. So -- if you want to learn more about how Disney's artists put...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "Little Big Book of Pooh" is big fun

    What's that old cliché? "Never judge a book by its cover"? Well, you certainly wouldn't want to make a mistake like that with Disney's "The Little Big Book of Pooh." Okay, I can understand how the look and feel of this particular book might give folks the wrong idea. Make them perhaps think that "The...
  • Blog Post: "What Would Walt Do" reveals the hidden history of WDW construction

    You know, the Walt Disney Company has this nasty habit of rewriting its own history. Of editing out the somewhat messy parts that don't fit in with the official, cleaned up version of events. That's why it's so nice to discover a book like D. M. Miller's "What Would Walt Do?: An Insider's Story about...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius

    You know, when I first heard about "Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius," I thought that there was just no way that this book was going to work. I mean, a book that deliberately limits itself to chronicling just the life experiences that Walt Disney had while he was living in and/or...
  • Blog Post: "Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality" misses greatness by mere inches

    Filled with great photographs of the park itself (as well as seldom seen shots of WDI concept art and models), Alain Littaye and Didier Ghez's "Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality" is a good book. A really good book. One that every Disneyana fan should think seriously about adding to their collection...
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