Recently I’ve been enjoying reading Jim Korkis’ latest book, The Vault of Walt. It’s entertaining in as much the same way as Walt’s People and Working with Walt (A new volume of which will be released soon), except it reminds me more of the stuff that doesn’t make the final edit.
Having had a bit of an insider’s look at the process of putting these kinds of books together, I can tell you ( based on the interviews that I’ve transcribed for Walt’s People) that there’s a ton of little anecdotes, and casual conversation points that don’t usually make it to print. Didier often tells me just to transcribe the really interesting stuff for Walt’s People (sometimes he’ll give more specific instructions). But the problem I have with this is that I find it all so interesting, and usually just end up transcribing everything and let him choose what the edit out. As I said, a lot of the really casual stuff gets edited out, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s often just as enjoyable to hear/read as the stuff that makes it into the final published volume.
This is why I’m enjoying The Vault of Walt so much. It’s such an easy read, and the stories are so enjoyable. Having read dozens of books on Disney history, it’s always amazing to constantly find new stories to read. I look forward to any subsequent volumes from Korkis and thoroughly recommend this to everyone interested in Disney Animation History.
Since a good Disney book review is not complete without a good Walt Disney quote, I’ll offer up this one from The Vault of Walt. This quote is one of the parts in the book I have read elsewhere, so I guess if you want to see the “new” stuff, you’ll have to get a copy.
By nature, I’m an experimenter. To this day, I don’t believe in sequels. I can’t follow popular cycles. I have to move on to new things. So with the success of Mickey I was determined to diversify. We kept fooling around with The Silly Symphonies until we came up with The Three Little Pigs. I could not possibly see how we could top pigs with pigs. But we tried, and I doubt whether one member of this audience can name the other cartoons in which the pigs appeared.