The Origins of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures


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The Origins of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures by Didier Ghez

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Author GHEZ Didier
Publisher Hyperion Historical Alliance Press
Binding Hardcover
Number of pages 168
Height (cm) 21,6
Width (cm) 27,9
Thickness (cm) 1,2
Weight (kg) 1,78
Language English
Released date 09/2022
ISBN 979-8-218-00069-1

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Relying on recently rediscovered correspondence and diaries and filled with unpublished photos and storyboard art, this 166-pages-long, hardcover monograph in full color tells the real story behind the genesis of Walt Disney's acclaimed and award-winning True-Life Adventures film series.

From the research trip to Maine in 1938 during the making of Bambi to the release of the first of the True-Life Adventures Seal Island in 1948, author Didier Ghez tells the story of the creation of Disney's educational shorts during WWII, chronicles the drama of cinematographers Al and Elma Milotte's groundbreaking trip to Alaska in 1946 and uncovers the True-Life Adventures that could have been.

The Origins of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures is the second volume in the Hyperion Historical Alliance Monograph series, following The Making of Walt Disney's Fun and Fancy Free, published in 2019.

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Award-winning Disney historian Didier Ghez has published extensively on Disney animation and film history. His books include the multi-volume They Drew As They Pleased -- The Hidden Art of Disney art book series exploring Disney concept artists, the Walt's People interview series, and others. In 2018, he received the prestigious June Foray Award for significant and benevolent impact on the art and industry of animation.