Walt's People: Volume 3: Talking Disney with the Artists Who Knew Him - Signed by Didier Ghez



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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 3 features appearances by Ben Sharpsteen, Ward Kimball, Art Babbitt, Joe Grant, Bill Justice, Volus Jones, Bill Peet, Lee Blair, James Algar, Jack Bradbury, Tony Strobl, Floyd Norman, Burny Mattinson, Phil Nibbelink, and Andreas Deja.

Among the hundreds of stories in this volume:

  • BEN SHARPSTEEN recalls the politics of the early Disney Studio, how Walt balanced the creative side of the company against management, and why Mickey Mouse wasn't made for the long haul.
  • ART BABBITT provides insight into the Disney Studio strike of 1941 that he instigated, a near fistfight with Walt Disney, and how the aftermath of the strike had a profound effect on the remainder of his career.
  • BILL PEET takes no prisoners in his shockingly candid diatribe about his political battles at the Disney Studio, and how he found his greatest success after Disney, as a best-selling author.
  • FLOYD NORMAN talks about his awestruck first meeting with Walt as a "kid animator", addresses racism at the Disney Studio, and discusses his work on The Jungle Book and other Disney feature films.

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
  • Ben Sharpsteen by Dave Smith
  • Ward Kimball by Thorkil B. Rasmussen
  • Ward Kimball by Klaus Strzyz
  • Art Babbitt by Klaus Strzyz
  • Art Babbitt by Michael Barrier
  • Joe Grant by Michael Lyons
  • Bill Justice by Jim Korkis
  • Volus Jones by Wes Sullivan
  • Bill Peet by John Province
  • Lee Blair by Robin Allan
  • James Algar by Robin Allan and Dr. Bill Moritz
  • Jack Bradbury by Klaus Strzyz
  • Tony Strobl by Klaus Strzyz
  • Floyd Norman by Celbi Vagner Pegoraro
  • Burny Mattinson by Christian Renaut
  • Andreas Deja by Christian Renaut
  • Andreas Deja by Didier Ghez
  • Andreas Deja by Christian Ziebarth

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
294 pages