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Rare Interviews Appear in Walt’s People Book Series

On Jan. 24, 2005, Xlibris released WALT'S PEOPLE TALKING DISNEY WITH THE ARTISTS WHO KNEW HIM VOLUME 1, the first volume of a series of books that collects the best interviews ever conducted with Disney artists.

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

Those key Disney experts will give readers access to the source material they used for their works, published for the first time in its entirety. Other quasi-unknown material includes -- a forgotten interview with Woolie Reitherman, lost tapes of talks with Paul Murry, rare conversations with Al Hubbard, Floyd Gottfredson and many others that will be released in the upcoming volumes of the series.

Each book will have as broad a focus as possible, discussing Disney animation, Disney theme parks and Disney comicbooks history with interviews of the best artists in each of those fields, be they from the early '20s or from the early 21st century.

WALT'S PEOPLE VOLUME 1 features in-depth interviews with artists Rudy Ising, Dave Hand, Bill Tytla, Ken Anderson, Jack Hannah, John Hench, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl, Harper Goff and Joyce Carlson and discusses among many other subjects the Disney Studio before Mickey Mouse, the challenges in directing SNOW WHITE, the making of DESTINO with Dali, the process that led to the production of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, the frustrations and joys of Marc Davis and Milt Kahl and the creation of It's a Small World.

The book is available for sale on

This book is neither authorized, sponsored nor endorsed by the Walt Disney Co. and its subsidiaries. It is an unofficial and unauthorized book.

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