[Enclosed art from another book published by Birn (1936).]
Probably also drawn by Wilfred Haughton.
I believe the only thing that could make me happier from a Disney-history-related stand point would be to see Michael publish some of his interviews with more obscure (or seldom interviewed) Disney artists: Aurelius Battaglia, Homer Brightman, Bob Carlson, Phil Dike, Carl Fallberg, Gerry Geronimi, Campbell Grant, Jerry Hathcock, Eustace Lycett, Cliff Nordberg, Martin Provensen, or Ralph Wright to name a few, as well as his interview with Tex Avery. I have a feeling that we might not have too long to wait. Beautiful days are here again.
AUTHOR: Walt Disney
TITLE: A Trip With Mickey Mouse
PLACE OF PUBLICATION: England [London]
PUBLISHER: Birn Brothers Ltd.
PUBLICATION DATE: , First Edition
DIMENSIONS: Height 25 cm x width 19.7 cm (1 inch = 2.5 cm)
DESCRIPTION: One of the earliest UK Mickey Mouse books.
Divided into the following sections :
The sights of London
At the Mansion House
The open road
Mickey wins the race
The lights of Blackpool
A romance at Gretna Green
The wearing of the kilt
The man from the Isle of Man
The lands of shamrock and leeks
More fun in Wales
Mickey Mouse's secret
Mickey the swimmer
The captive balloon
The cricket match
Mickey's marching song
The end of the tour
Illustrated with colour plates of the following :
"Monument to the great fire of London 1666" (frontispiece)
Fun on the scenic railway at Blackpool
Piping through the Highlands
Mickey takes the salute at the changing of the guard
Also numerous drawings, many printed in black and a single colour]
My guess is that the artist was Wilfred Haughton.
Believe it or not, the Herb Ryman section itself is 4-page long and filled with art I had never seen before.
The catalog will be online at http://www.profilesinhistory.com/ starting sometime in April.
Baker's Instant Chocolate with Jiminy Cricket
Jiminy Cricket - United Fund
This TV spot from 1958 is Production 5954, sequence 013
We find the following information on the animation draft from May 29, 1958:
Director: Nick Nichols
Assist director: Paul Carlson
Layout: X. Atencio
Secretary: V. Marcia
Animators: Cliff Nordberg
And the X-sheet from May 14, 1958 tells is that the following individuals were also involved:
Since Jim Korkis made us aware of their existence in an article he released many years ago under the Wade Samspon nom de plume, Paul F. Anderson, David Gerstein and I have been desperatly trying to locate the Disney comic strips created by Disney artist Fred Spencer for The DeMolay Cordon newsletter.
Paul has now stumbled upon 5 of the strips and has started to post them at his blog.
I believe I may have located a library in New York that holds a complete run of those strips and I think that David Gerstein will soon go and check in person whether I am right or wrong.
I have to admit that the number of previously unknown Disney-history-related documents we have unearthed in the past few years never ceases to amaze me.
Fresh-up Freddie - Bullfight
The 7-Up commercials created by the Disney Studio in the '50s are all catalogued under production number 5956.
This is "sequence" (translate "commercial") number 002. It started production on June 11, 1957.
Here is the information from the animation draft (date July 5, 1957):
Director: Jack Hannah
Layout: Yale Gracey
Secretary: Mary Satterwhite
Animation: Mike Lah
So Mike Lah (of MGM fame) was back at Disney (or rather freelancing for Disney, I suspect) in the late '50s. This was complete news to me. Mike had worked at Disney in the '30s. An in-depth interview will him will appear in Walt's People - Volume 11.
Alice Jello Commercial with Gryphon and Mock Turtle
I just found this commercial on YouTube.
Unfortunately I could not find any information about this Jello commercial during my recent visit to the Disney Archives. I thought you would enjoy it in any case.
[UPDATE from Matt Crandall: This video originally comes from his blog and you can see some great comments about it at this link.]
I will be focused on Disney commercials from the '50s during most of the next few days.