Walt Disney (1901-1966) is most famous for his influential work in cartoons and his globally-successful business empire. His innovations, both in animation and in theme park design, will never be forgotten. A superb film produced, he was nominated for 59 Academy Awards, winning 26.
The Disney franchise continues to enthrall legions of fans today, some 90 years after the company was founded. This ensures that the market for Disney memorabilia remains strong, with top items consistently seeing fantastic results at auction.
This signed first edition book, Walt Disney's America from NY Abbeville Press's 1978 first printing is signed by 12 Disney animators and voice actors, who have autographed the inside front cover and opening pages in a variety of inks. Some of the signers have inscribed notes addressed to 'Terry', with superb additional sketches of some of the most beloved characters - including Mickey Mouse.
Some light ink transfer from the signatures and mild handling to the book, otherwise in fine condition.
The nickname "Nine Old Men" was given to the core animators at Walt Disney Productions, many of whom were in their thirties and forties at the time. Four of the 'Nine Old Men' have signed this item; Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis and Ward Kimball who includes a sketch of Mickey.Thomas was master craftsman of the 'baddie'; his work includes Cinderella's Stepmother, Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts and Peter Pan's Captain Hook.
Johnston first worked on Snow White before progressing to work in Peter Pan, Cinderella and Robin Hood.
Ward Kimball created Pinocchio's Jiminy Cricket, Lucifer, Jaq and Gus in Cinderella and the Mad hatter and Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.Animator Sam McKim has added a rare sketch of Abraham Lincoln, while Bill Justice, co-creator of Chip N'Dale, has added a sketch of Mickey Mouse.
The signatures of Tony Baxter (imaginer/designer), Carl banks (Donald Duck artist) Jack Wagner (original voice of the Magic Kingdom) and Herbert Ryman (background artist and designer of the Disneyland Castle) are also inscribed.