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EustaceScrubb
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Today while I was poking around on the Jim Hill Media page I found this excellent article by Floyd Norman on "King Kahl" :

http://www.jimhillmedia.com/mb/articles/showarticle.php?ID=553


This reminds me that there was some talk going around a few years back that someone (I think it was Andreas Deja and/or Richard Williams) was going to write a book about Milt Kahl.
Does anyone know if this book is still in the works ?

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Jasen
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Thanks for posting this EustaceScrubb! [bow] Great stuff! Great read!

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Mr. Fun
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Perhaps I can answer your question by saying it's very difficult to get a book published, even if its about a Disney legend. For years many people at Disney and Pixar wanted a Mary Blair book. I watched this whole thing play out over a number of years. Finally, the Mary Blair book was a go, but it sure wasn't easy getting the green light.

Of course, one could always self publish because a number of Disney fans have taken this route. However, Disney owns the majority of Milt Kahl's work so it would have to be done with the studio's cooperation. I guess it would depend on how determined Andreas or Williams are about doing the book.

Some years ago I gave Andreas a post card Milt had drawn back in the sixties. This was for the book Andreas was working on. So far, I've heard nothing. Let's hope somebody gets around to doing that book. Milt Kahl was a fascinating guy, and somebody needs to get this book done.

Glad you liked my article on Kahl.

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EustaceScrubb
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quote:
Glad you liked my article on Kahl.
I loved it . I hope you will continue to write more reminiscences of those years at the studio and the people you worked with there , including the well-known ones like Kahl , but I would also like to hear more about the other people you mention such as animator Amby Paliwoda who are just names on the credits to me . I wish I knew more about some of the not-so-famous animators and assistants who have lived too long in the shadows of the Nine Old Men . I was fortunate to know Tom Ferriter just a bit towards the end of his career (I worked on Oliver & Co. and The Little Mermaid . I think Tom retired after Mermaid .... or it might have been Rescuers Down Under ? ) .

You have an engaging writing style . I hope you do more of these biographical sketches . Would love to know more about people like Frank Braxton who you mentioned in passing in your piece The Color of Animation

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Of course, one could always self publish because a number of Disney fans have taken this route. However, Disney owns the majority of Milt Kahl's work so it would have to be done with the studio's cooperation.
Yep. Whoever writes it has to have access to the gatekeepers who control the artwork and the characters that Milt Kahl drew. Andreas is probably in the best position to be able to do the book , as far as getting the company's permission to reproduce images . I would hope the company would be helpful in allowing large portions of Kahl's drawings to be reproduced in a book. Publishing a "coffee table" art book for a niche market is expensive . Canemaker got close with his book on The Nine Old Men , but I wish he could have had even more artwork in the book , especially animation drawings in sequence. But it becomes very expensive to print all those pages of drawings . Maybe the answer would be to publish the Kahl book on a CD ("ebook") ?

Perhaps a book on the art of Kahl could be successfully published in France , like these books :

Héroïnes Disney
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and De Blanche-Neige à Hercule by Christian Renaut .


Also those great books by Pierre Lambert on Mickey Mouse
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and Snow White , as well as the book on the art of
Tex Avery

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Those French books have a lot of animation drawings reproduced and the drawings are gorgeous to look at . I hope that something might be done like that with a Kahl book.

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Mr. Fun
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Hey, thanks a lot for the nice words, EustaceScrubb.

I've been waiting for people to start writing more about the wonderful old Disney guys. Seems nobody ever gets around to it. I've tried to get Ward Kimball to write a book. He had so many wonderful stories to tell. Another old guy since passed on, was Carl Fallberg. Boy, he had great stories that go all the way back to the old Hyperion studio in Silverlake.

One day, Jim Hill talked me into writing for his site. Of course, it's only my perspective of the fifties and sixties. But it was an incredible time to work for Disney.

You're right, I need to write more about guys like Frank Braxton, Amby Paliwoda, and Freddy Hellmich, all great animators in their own right.

I'll get on it.

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awesome.. [bow] hail to the king.. [bow]

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yeah, it's a pity that Dick had a falling out with Andreas after Roger Rabbit.
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arun
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I saw a tv special a few years ago on the making of the "Fox and the Hound"/the nine old men and I saw really struck by the intelligence and vitality of the whole group. However I was especially impressed with the Kahl interview where he discussed his work. He talked aout the problem of animating a weughtless character(Peter Pan), how he hated getting the princes(an"oious task" as he put it), and effused about animating Shere Khan and Medusa.

The most interesting thing about the innterview, which was reinforced by Canemaker's book and Richard Williams, is how the greatness of Kahl's animation is in the conception, the ideas in his scene and not just the beautiful drawings. He always had something interesting happening in his scenes, like Medusa removing her eyelashes or the scene in " Lady and the Tramp" where tramp in crawling on his belly groveling for Lady.

I would love to for someone to write a book about his work. Maybe Brad Bird, Andreas and Williams can work it out.

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Sorry for the typos. I am not an idiot, really.
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