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The Ryman Centennial: Herb And El Grupo

Herb Ryman greets a papagaio who will soon become famous – Rio de Janiero, 1941 (LIFE photo)

When young Herb Ryman, frazzled from the Hollywood grind and frustrated by his lack of worldly knowledge, decided to see the world, he did it right – with a circumglobal cruise that took him to many exotic ports [...]

Going To Kansas City?

I got a press release today about an event this Friday, January 15th, in Kansas City that every Disney fan in the area should attend. I certainly wish that I could make it!

Local group Thank You, Walt Disney is holding a fundraising event and special premiere screening of Ted Thomas’s documentary Walt and El [...]

Heading South

For about a week now I’ve been immersed in the world of 1941 thanks to J.B. Kaufman’s excellent new book South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program 1941-1948. I had hoped to have a full interview ready by today, when the book arrives in stores, but my little [...]

D23 – Day Two

So much to say, so little time to say it. Some brief highlights of the day:

The Studios presentation was massive. They led off with a montage that seemed to last 20 minutes and feature every Disney film from after 1984. Who’d have thought that I’d wind up watching a montage of scenes from Down [...]

Walt’s Scrapbook – The Gallopin’ Gaucho, 1941

In 1941, Walt Disney and fifteen artists from his studio set out on a tour of South America. The trip was part of the U.S. State Department’s Good Neighbor program, intended to foster goodwill in South America to prevent the spread of Nazism in the Western Hemisphere. Walt and his artists visited several countries, [...]