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The Art of the Big Fig

Jungle Book Big Fig Between 1999 and 2006, Jody and I did quite a lot of things for Disney's Consumer Products division.  We designed concepts for toys, dolls, dishes, Christmas ornaments, stained glass lamps, snowglobes, cookie jars, teapots, music boxes, enamel pins, and zillions of other things made of resin, ceramic, glass, wood, pewter and

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The Big Fig List

The List. We're often asked for a comprehensive list of all the Disney "big figures" that Jody and I have worked on together.  And so, here it is. This is also a fine place to mention that producing these sorts of items is always the result of a team effort.  With few exceptions, these figures

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More From Jack Kinney, and Jane

October 16, 2017: Stanley and His Monster That's a gag heading, for a gag that will probably be caught by very few readers of this website (not that I have many to spare). The "Stanley" is John Stanley; the "monster" is Little Lulu, the character who consumed his artistic energies for fifteen years; and "Stanley

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Guest Post II: Comics Versus Art

August 28, 2017: In Brief Disney (and Wong) on PBS: "Walt Disney," the American Experience documentary that first aired two years ago, will be rebroadcast on the next two Tuesday evenings, part one tomorrow and part two on September 5, both at 8 p.m. EDT. Both halves are two hours long, and both are terrible

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Guest Post I: The Name of the Mouse

August 28, 2017: In Brief Disney (and Wong) on PBS: "Walt Disney," the American Experience documentary that first aired two years ago, will be rebroadcast on the next two Tuesday evenings, part one tomorrow and part two on September 5, both at 8 p.m. EDT. Both halves are two hours long, and both are terrible

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The Search for Walt Kelly’s FBI File

August 28, 2017: In Brief Disney (and Wong) on PBS: "Walt Disney," the American Experience documentary that first aired two years ago, will be rebroadcast on the next two Tuesday evenings, part one tomorrow and part two on September 5, both at 8 p.m. EDT. Both halves are two hours long, and both are terrible

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Return to Comic-Con

August 28, 2017: In Brief Disney (and Wong) on PBS: "Walt Disney," the American Experience documentary that first aired two years ago, will be rebroadcast on the next two Tuesday evenings, part one tomorrow and part two on September 5, both at 8 p.m. EDT. Both halves are two hours long, and both are terrible

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Return from Comic-Con

August 8, 2017: Following Up "Jake": I mentioned last month, when I was writing about "Jake," my decidedly former literary agent, that he and I shared only one Facebook friend, the excellent caricaturist Drew Friedman. As I suspected, and is so often the case with Facebook "friends," the connection between Jake (his real name, actually)

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A Couple of Overdue Reviews

July 28, 2017: 75 Years of Duck Comics by Carl Barks The 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, and with it the occasion for the publication of the con's souvenir book, which includes my essay marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the publication of Carl Barks's first Disney Duck comics. You can read my

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Where Walt Was: February 26, 1941

July 12, 2017: The Road to Hell... ...is paved with good intentions, of course, and for the past month this website has been a victim of such. Some of my distractions have been good ones. It appears now that I don't have Parkinson's disease after all; that's what the doctors concluded after I was injected

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