On the eve of a special event at the Walt Disney Studios in which Disney President and CEO Robert Iger will recognize Disney Legend Dave Smith for his forty years of service to The Walt Disney Company, particularly presiding over the Walt Disney Studio Archives which has been preserving Disney memories for decades, the LA Times reports that Smith will be formally announcing his retirement in October at the age of 70.
According to the article which explores Smith’s illustrious career with the company as well as takes a photographic tour inside the Archives, current manager Becky Cline is poised to fill the void left behind by Smith.
For four decades, The Walt Disney Archives has been home to the most treasured items from Disney’s fabled history, and on Friday, June 25, the Archives will mark its 40th anniversary with a special celebration at the Walt Disney Studios.
During the event, Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, noted film historian Leonard Maltin and other surprise guests will honor Dave Smith, the founder of The Walt Disney Archives and Disney’s chief archivist, for his achievements in preserving the Disney legacy.
The special celebration is open exclusively to members of D23, Disney’s official fan club, and tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime Walt Disney Archives 40th Anniversary Celebration are currently on sale exclusively at http://www.disney.com/D23.
“The Walt Disney Archives is an incredible collection, and that’s due to the dedication and passion Dave has brought to the development of the Archives since Roy O. Disney hired him 40 years ago,” said Steven Clark, head of D23, who also oversees The Walt Disney Archives. “We’re excited to honor Dave and the Archives, and to give our members a close-up look at some rarely seen ‘jewels in the crown’ of Disney history.”
As part of the Archives’ 40th Anniversary celebration, a number of new pieces from recent Disney projects will be officially added to the Archives’ collection; their identities will be revealed during the event.
The Walt Disney Archives 40th Anniversary Celebration will also feature a champagne-and-dessert reception on the Walt Disney Studios lot, and the premiere of Archiving the Archives: Forty Years of Preserving the Disney Magic, an all-new film created for this special anniversary, which will be screened in the Studio Theatre. Additionally, D23 Members who attend will receive a special gift created for the occasion.
Only a limited number of tickets, at $50 per person, will be available to this once-in-a-lifetime event, which pays tribute to the past, present and future of The Walt Disney Archives.
It’s the eve of D23 Expo and Mickey’s hard at work making sure everything goes off without a hitch. Join Mickey Mouse as he checks out The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives and all sorts of things going up for the Expo like the 5’3″ Buzz Lightyear made entirely of LEGO bricks and the fully interactive Storytellers’ Sandbox from Walt Disney Imagineering. Footage courtesy of Disney.
D23 has announced that it will be offering a companion book to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at D23 Expo.
Featuring over 70 items that will be on display in the exhibit, the book offers an intimate look at some of the most coveted treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.
The limited edition book will be sold at the exhibit (which first opens Thursday at 12 pm) and comes in either a hardcover ($40, numbered LE first run of 500) and softcover ($25, LE first run of 1000).
The Mickey Mouse Treasures by Robert Tieman, manager of the Walt Disney Archives, is the third in a series of collectibles. This third volume focuses on Mickey Mouse himself, from his (and Walt’s) humble beginnings (and even a bit before that) to his worldwide popularity today. From films to merchandising, this book literally has it all — and that’s an understatement.
The oversized hardcover comes in a slipcase and virtually every page is adorned with lots of informational text and images of nostalgia from the Walt Disney Archives also contains a special treat — what the book calls enclosures. They are faithful reproductions of actual items throughout the years: from drawings to a brochure/map of Disneyland in 1955 to a booklet of official portraits of Mickey by Imagineer John Hench to a Walt Disneys Studios ID to a Fantasia program to a working ‘magic film palette’ and more. Even the most mundane of items are often the most interesting. Take for example the card on which Walt would track the cash prizes he would give his employees for suggesting gags.
The photos are just amazing as well and include a rare color photograph of Mickey and Minnie greeting a guest at Disneyland in 1955 and even photos of Mickey making his first public appearances in 1931 (now that was a new one to me!).
So for whatever reason, Barnes and Noble has categorized this collectible as a Bargain book and marked the price down almost 80% from its original cost of $60. Although this is the newest book in the series, the other two volumes are priced much closer to the $60 MSRP mark and no other book reseller appears to be making this huge cut. If you follow us on twitter or facebook, then you already know we’ve been reporting this incredible offer for hours now and we are pleased to say that our efforts have caused B&N.com to run out of the book in inventory. That said, there appears to be plenty of local brick & mortar stores that have the book in stock and you can use the inventory locator here to try to find one near you. So don’t even bother finishing reading this article, go out and get one now (unless the store is closed, then wait until tomorrow. First thing!)