Thank you for visiting this blog! It took a lot of time and hard work to make all of this happen.
Not just the blog, but also the upcoming first volume -covering the first decade of the division- of a book series on the history of Disney Television Animation, of which this blog is a side track. For the past two years I’ve been meeting and talking with over 160 people worldwide who worked for Disney Television Animation in multiple capacities. From execs to animators and from producers to the artists that designed and storyboarded the shows.
In the next few months there will be a new blog post every day covering audio (auditions, soundtracks, demos), video (storyboard comparisons, recording sessions, presentations and specials) and artwork (storyboards, layout, character designs, etc.) used during the making of the shows. Why? Because these are items that in most cases can not end up in the book due to their nature. Audio and video don’t need to be explained, but most of the artwork that will be posted is considered interesting, but not suitable for the book. As sad as it makes me: licensing images for the book is expensive. very expensive! We would have to sell twelve books just to get one image licensed. So there is more, a lot more, but I’m keeping those for the book.
So imagine that this blog is just the tip of the iceberg and that there is a lot of material available for the book. Never before seen character designs, proposed shows (including artwork!), complete show pitches, behind the scenes photographs and so on. That’s why I need your help in making the book not only fun and interesting to read (that’s the part I’m taking care of), but also interesting to look at.
Please join me in this adventure by visiting often and supporting the crowdfunding campaign to license as much images as possible. Ever wanted to know what Double-O Duck would be up to? What Metro Mice was all about? Where TaleSpin found its origins? How some shows drastically changed during the writing of the pilot? What mystery character got cut out of DuckTales? Help me out and I will love to tell you the tales!
Thank you for your support and enjoy these rare treasures of the Disney Television Animation universe!
-Tim Van Hal