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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 21 features appearances by Ferdinand Horvath, Ken Peterson, Bob Givens, Sylvia Holland, Tyrus Wong, John Hench, Marc Davis, Alice Davis, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, Floyd Norman, Paul R. Hartley (via his daughter Stacey Hartley), Bill Cottrell, Lillian Disney, Glen Keane, and Darrell Van Citters.

Among the hundreds of stories in this volume:

  • FERDINAND HORVATH provides a unique glimpse into the early Disney studio through his diary and his letters to and from Walt Disney.
  • TYRUS WONG discusses with Michael Barrier his work as a background artist on Bambi and his departure from Disney after the infamous studio strike of 1941.
  • FLOYD NORMAN remembers the idiosyncracies of Disney animator Milt Kahl during their time working on The Sword in the Stone.
  • BILL COTTRELL reflects upon his extensive and varied career at Disney, from his work in camera and story to negotiating contracts and becoming the first president of WED.

The entertaining, informative stories in every volume of Walt's People will please both Disney scholars and eager fans alike.

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  1. The Diaries and Letters of Ferdinand Horvath (1932-1941, Ferdinand Horvath)
  2. A Short Autobiography by Ken Peterson (1966, Ken Peterson)
  3. The Letters of Bob Givens to Hardie Gramatky (1937, Bob Givens)
  4. The Letters of Sylvia Holland (1938-1947, Sylvia Holland)
  5. Tyrus Wong interview (1979, Michael Barrier)
  6. John Hench interview (1972, Christopher Finch, Linda Rosenkrantz)
  7. John Hench interview (1988, Charles Solomon)
  8. Marc Davis interview (1972, Christopher Finch, Linda Rosenkrantz)
  9. Alice Davis interview (2005, EMC West)
  10. Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn interview (1978, David Tietyen)
  11. Floyd Norman interview (2017, Jim Korkis)
  12. Stacey Hartley, daughter of Paul R. Hartley (2015, Didier Ghez)
  13. Bill Cottrell interview (1983-08-10,1983-08-15,1983-10-03, Jay Horan)
  14. Lillian Disney, Diane Disney Miller, Jenny Miller interview (1982, Bob Allen, Jim Korkis (transcript))
  15. Glen Keane iInterview (2005, Charles Solomon)
  16. Darrell Van Citters interview (2009, Didier Ghez)


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