Walt's People: Volume 15: Talking Disney with the Artists Who Knew Him - Signed by Didier Ghez



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From the publisher:

Disney History from the Source

The Walt's People series is an oral history of all things Disney, as told by the artists, animators, designers, engineers, and executives who made it happen, from the 1920s through the present.

Walt's People: Volume 15 features appearances by Robert Cook, Grim Natwick, Clair Weeks, Willis Pyle, Charlene Sundblad (about Helen and Hugh Hennesy), Preston Blair, Lynn Karp, Ward Kimball, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske (remembered by his children), Norman "Stormy" Palmer, Guy Williams Jr., Buddy Van Horn, Suzanne Lloyd, Karl Bacon and Ed Morgan, Bill Martin, Bill Evans, Card Walker, and Mike Peraza, plus an article by Steven Hartley about Cy Young and one about Riley Thomson by Alberto Becattini.

Among the hundreds of stories in this volume:

  • BILL EVANS explains how he used his green thumb for decades to design and cultivate the beautiful, diverse displays of plants, trees, and flowers without which Disneyland and Walt Disney World would be just so much concrete.
  • BOB COOK provides insight into the little-known world of Disney sound engineer, a role he filled from his first day with the Disney Studio in 1930 through his retirement over forty years later in 1971.
  • MIKE PERAZA went to work for Disney during its period of transition from Walt to corporate honchos like Michael Eisner. He recalls what it was like to be an animator in a studio that was changing what it meant to be an animator.The entertaining, informative stories in every volume of Walt's People will please both Disney scholars and eager fans alike.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Robert Cook by Dave Smith
  • Grim Natwick by John Culhane
  • Clair Weeks by Milton Gray
  • Willis Pyle by Bob Casino
  • Charlene Sundblad about Helen and Hugh Hennesy by Didier Ghez
  • Preston Blair by Goran Broling
  • Working on "The Sorceror's Apprentice" by Preston Blair
  • The Life and Times of Cy Young by Steven Hartley
  • Lynn Karp by Michael Barrier and Milton Gray
  • Of Skit and Skat and This and That: The Autobiography of Basil Reynolds by Basil Reynolds
  • The Life and Times of Riley Thomson by Albert Becattini
  • Ward Kimball by John Culhane
  • Wilfred Jackson by John Culhane
  • Hamilton Luske remembered by his children, Carol Jean Luske, Peggy Finefrock, and Jim Luske by Jim Korkis
  • Norman "Stormy" Palmer by Michael Broggie
  • Guy Williams by EMC West
  • Buddy Van Horn by EMC West
  • Suzanne Lloyd by EMC West
  • Draft of Biographical Notes on Roger Broggie by George Sherman
  • Karl Bacon and Ed Morgan by Jim Korkis
  • Bill Martin by Dave Smith
  • Bill Evans by Jay Horan
  • Card Walker by John Culhane
  • Mike Peraza by Didier Ghez

About the Author:

Didier Ghez has conducted Disney research since he was a teenager in the mid '80s. His articles about the parks, animation, and vintage international Disneyana, as well as his many interviews with Disney artists, have appeared in such magazines as Disney Twenty-Three, Persistence of Vision, Tomart's Disneyana Update, Animation Journal, Animation Magazine, StoryboarD, and Fantasyline. He is the author of the books They Drew As They Pleased - The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age, Disney's Grand Tour and Disneyland Paris - From Sketch to Reality, and editor of Life in the Mouse House: Memoir of a Disney Story Artist and Inside the Whimsy Works: My Life with Walt Disney Productions. He runs The Disney History blog (disneybooks.blogspot.com), The Disney Books Network website (www.didierghez.com), and serves as managing editor of the Walt's People book series.


Didier Ghez

Condition & Attributes

Signed by the series editor Didier Ghez



Publishing Information

Theme Park Press

Physical Description

9 inches
6 inches
320 pages