In his multibook series They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Late Golden Age , Disney historian Didier Ghez has performed his own Indiana Jones act, delving into the recesses of the Mouse House’s storied animation archives to unearth the rarest of cinematic treasures. With the third volume coming out next week, Ghez gave Yahoo Entertainment a sneak preview of his archaeology, stunning artwork created for Disney features and shorts in the 1940s, including such masterpieces as Dumbo , Fantasia , Bambi , and Alice in Wonderland. “Half of the pieces in the book come from the Disney vault and half from the collection of the families of Disney artists. More than 90 percent of them had never been seen before in book form,” Ghez says. “Most of them had not been seen by anyone outside of the Disney Studio in more than 75 years. “Rescuing these pieces of art created by some of the most talented artists of the 20th century is immensely rewarding.” Contained here are illustrations for “The Mouse’s Tale,” a scene from Dumbo that was ultimately cut from the film, as well as the image Ghez calls “the most exceptional document featured in the book.” Click through to see. They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Late Golden Age: The 1940s — Part Two (Chronicle Books, $45) will be available on Oct. 10.
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Eva Green is in early talks for the female lead in Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo” at Disney. Sources say Disney is still looking to find its star, as a deal for Chris Pine to play the male lead fell through in recent days. Burton is attached to direct from Ehren Kruger’s script. Justin Springer,... Read more »
Disney’s ongoing mission to remake seemingly all their animated classics in live action would appear to have hit a minor hurdle. Smith was said to have been circling the role of the father of some children who see Dumbo at the circus, and befriend the shy elephant who learns how to fly. Tom Hanks is also reported to be in talks for a role in the film, scripted by Ehren Kruger.
Last we heard, ‘Bad Boys III’ was all go, and Will Smith was on board with his old mucker Martin Lawrence. Joe Carnahan, writer and director of movies like ‘The Grey’ and ‘Smokin’ Aces’ was even hired to write the script for the long-awaited third instalment. It’s said that Smith is in line to play the father of the children who befriend Dumbo after seeing him at a circus.