31215-GHEZ-thumbnail (5k image)Following is a press release announcing the second volume in the Walt’s People series which collects important prominent as well as obscure interviews with key Disney artists from throughout the years.

“Re-animate Disney research: unlock the vaults!”


On November 29, 2005, Xlibris released Walt’s People – Talking Disney with the Artists who Knew Him – Volume 2, the second volume of a series of books that aims to re-animate the field of Disney research.

The Walt’s People book series, edited by Didier Ghez, is a collection of the best interviews ever conducted with Disney artists.

Contributors to the series include noted Disney historians Robin Allan, Paul F. Anderson, Michael Barrier, J.B. Kaufman, Jim Korkis, Mike Lyons, John Province, Thorkil Rasmussen, Christian Renaut, Arn Saba and Klaus Strzyz.

Those key Disney experts, by accepting to contribute to the project will give readers access to the source material they used for their works, published for the first time in its entirety. We are also uncovering every day new or quasi-unknown material: a forgotten interview with Hugh Harman, lost tapes of talks with Paul Murry, rare conversations with Al Hubbard, Volus Jones and many others that will be released in the upcoming volumes of the series.

And now, just a glimpse at what’s ahead in Volume 2 to whet your appetite…

Walt’s People – Volume 2 features in-depth interviews with artists Friz Freleng, Grim Natwick, Frank Tashlin, Ward Kimball, Floyd Gottfredson, Herb Ryman, Frank Thomas, Dale Oliver, Eric Larson, Woolie Reitherman, Richard Rich, and Glen Keane. These interviews discuss, among many other subjects, “the Bambi that never was,” the challenge of animating The Jungle Book with the smallest animation crew in years, the frustrations and joys of Eric Larson and Woolie Reitherman, and the creation of The Black Cauldron. It contains hundreds of new stories about the Studio and its artists and should delight even the most serious historians and enthusiasts.

Walt’s People is a notable new source of historical treasures and should contribute new energy to the world of Disney research!

How to buy Walt’s People – Volume 2: Beginning November 29, 2005, the book is available for sale on Xlibris.com.

In a few months the book will also be available on Amazon.com, Borders.com, BarnesandNoble.com and more than 200 other online stores. We encourage you to pick it up at Xlibris.com as you will get 15% off the normal retail price and the share of the price paid to the authors will be higher which should allow them to release sooner a third volume in the series.

This book is neither authorized, sponsored nor endorsed by the Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries. It is an unofficial and unauthorized book. The mention of names and places associated with the Walt Disney Company and its businesses are not intended to infringe on any existing copyrights or trademarks of the Walt Disney Company but are used in context for educational purposes. The opinions and statements expressed in these interviews are solely the opinions and perspectives of the authors and the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and policy of the Walt Disney Company and its businesses.