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What People Are Saying About THE BOOKS

 

Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios

 

“In his authoritative new work, Kem Weber: Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios, Dave Bossert once again shows a fusion of erudition and passion for his subject, introducing a new generation to a remarkable and sadly-neglected artist, and documenting the significant and timeless cross-disciplinary design portfolio he created for Walt Disney.”

 

—Jeff Kurtti

Author and Disney Historian

 

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“Designers have long acknowledged Kem Weber's furniture for Walt Disney’s studio in Burbank as beautiful yet utilitarian mid-century modern masterpieces. Now, for the first time, Disney artist and author Dave Bossert reveals the thoughtful approach with which Weber and Walt Disney himself developed these pieces, and explores their contribution to the creation of the animated classics beloved the world over.”

 

— Paula Sigman Lowery

Author and Disney Historian

 

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“Dave Bossert honors the important under-noticed things most of us seldom think about. Here he is, after a distinguished career as a Disney animator and exec, he’s written this book about the innovative studio furniture that made animated production possible from1939 until digital technology changed the processes. What a fascinating read!”

 

—Harry Youtt

Poet and Author

 

 

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“A few years ago, Dave Bossert authored a beautiful book about an obscure chapter in the history of Disney Studios: a time when Walt Disney and Salvador Dali collaborated on an animated project. [Dali & Disney: Destino]. Now Dave honors the late architect and designer, Kem Weber and catalogs the custom studio furniture he designed with Walt Disney. The furniture helped to make Disney animations possible through the years since 1939. Thank you Dave for your meticulous attention!”

 

—Judith Simon Prager

Author: What the Dolphin Said

 

 

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“Kem Weber’s futuristic yet functional furniture was masterfully designed and skillfully crafted for just one purpose: to streamline the creation of the world’s most entertaining animated movies. Long overlooked, this book tells the story behind these stylish and elegant wooden works of art, which makes the heart of this animation veteran skip a beat!”

 

–Hans Perk

Animation Director & Historian

 

 

 

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons

 

“We all owe Dave Bossert a tremendous debt for his determined efforts to find and restore the missing films from Oswald’s first year. Now, in this richly illustrated volume, Dave shares the details of those films, as well as the adventure of rescuing them from obscurity.”

 

—JB Kaufman, film historian

and coauthor of Walt in Wonderland and

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies

 

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“A thoroughly entertaining history of Disney’s forgotten cartoon star of the 1920s. Tracing the character’s whereabouts over the last ninety years, author Bossert documents all of the Disney-created Oswald silent-screen comedies, his long-lost exile, and his ‘lucky’ rediscovery in recent years and examines the rabbit’s pivotal place in Disney history. Important new research—a vital read for those who think they already know the whole Disney studio story. Bravo!”

 

— Jerry Beck, animation historian

 

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“Disney history is a huge and intriguing jigsaw puzzle. Every day brings discovery of new pieces; every day gives us a better sense of the whole. For years, many of the Oswald cartoons were considered as permanently lost. Thanks to the efforts of Dave Bossert and David Gerstein most of them have now been rediscovered. The story of their quest and of the cartoons themselves is a fascinating one; this book is a page-tuner and a ‘must have’ for Disney historians and animation enthusiasts alike.”

 

—Didier Ghez, author of

They Drew as They Pleased—The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age and

 They Drew as They Pleased—The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years.

 

 

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“Never before has so much unique Oswald the Lucky Rabbit information been collected in one publication and shared with the general public. This book is chock-full of careful research, documentation, and compiled by Bossert and Gerstein—and I highly recommend it both to film history scholars and casual animation fans alike.”

 

—Tommy José Stathes, early animation historian

 

 

 

The Art of Tennessee Loveless:

The Mickey Mouse TEN x TEN x TEN Contemporary Pop Art Series

 

“The Art of Tennessee Loveless: The Mickey Mouse TEN x TEN x TEN Contemporary Pop Art Series book by David A. Bossert tells the story of a boy from Georgia who lives in a world of severe colorblindness and how he transformed into an acclaimed pop artist known for painting with bold vivid color. It’s an inspiring story of triumph over adversity as Tennessee Loveless never gave up on his dream to be an artist. I particularly enjoy the details in many of the paintings, look closely at “Waltopia” and you will find the entire life story of Walt Disney in one painting.”

 

—Mark Gorog

 

 

 

Dali and Disney: Destino

 

“Dave Bossert gives us an insider’s look at the production of a paramount achievement in animation and art. We learn about the culture of Disney studios through the years and the remarkable meeting of Disney and Dali which comes to feel destined. Further we get original insights into the character of Dali – at once, agreeable, hard-working, as well as eccentric.”

— Hank Hine, Executive Director,

The Dali in St. Petersburg, FL

 

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“Walt Disney and Salvador Dali were among Andy Warhol’s favorites and he probably would have loved their collaborative film, Destino.  Certainly the marriage of art and commerce, painting and film that Destino represents was at the center of Warhol’s artistic practice.  Dave Bossert lovingly reconstructs the decades spent conceiving, executing and eventually bringing the film to the screen.  Perhaps most moving and important, however, is the evident pride the contemporary Disney team took in bringing the project to fruition.  As Bossert quotes Roy Disney regarding Destino, “Our roots are in art, in that side of the world rather the commercial side. It’s important that we keep remembering that.”

 

— Patrick Moore, Deputy Director,

The Andy Warhol Museum

 

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“For fans it is no surprise, and for students it should be a lesson, that there is no better source for what we were up to in the latter era of Disney Animation than Dave Bossert.  Roy Disney’s trusted colleague and a deep veteran of countless films, Dave has the clearest POV on all things Disney Animation of anyone I know.”

 

— Tom Schumacher, President

Disney Theatrical Productions

 

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“It is truly an amazing sight when giants collide. Sometimes, they fight. Sometimes, they make beautiful art together. Dave Bossert gives us a delightful glimpse into two spectacular lives. Few know that the splendiferous surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí and the towering American icon, Walt Disney, collaborated to make the Destino film. Bossert’s book is a compelling and mirthful behind-the-scenes look at genius, hijinx, American culture and these two seemingly worlds-apart epic souls.”

 

— John Boston, Author

'Naked Came the Sasquatch' and 'Adam Henry'

Journalist and Will Rogers Lifetime

Humanitarian Achievement Award recipient

 

 

 

Remembering Roy E. Disney

 

“Roy Disney’s story reads like a movie script: sailor, filmmaker, and shy nephew of an American legend, who changes the course of the ailing family business, and saves an art form in the process. Dave Bossert captures the amazing life of this quite gentleman who really did make dreams come true.”

 

—Don Hahn, Legendary Producer

 

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“Roy Disney’s passion and love for the work we did at Walt Disney Animation Studios was infectious, and no one from the animation world spent more time with him in the final decade than Dave Bossert. This collection serves as a great reminder as well as an inspiration for all of us who knew him, admired him, and loved him.”

 

—Thomas Schumacher, President,
Disney Theatrical Productions

 

 

An Animator’s Gallery:

Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters

 

“The book is a beauty and Eric's drawings are very enjoyable. Not a "must have" for Disney historians but a great gift for casual Disney fans. Dave Bossert and Eric Goldberg have produced a very good book.”

 

—Didier Ghez, Author and President

The Hyperion Historical Alliance

 

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“The book is a wonderful celebration of the creations of the artists of the Walt Disney Company done by an artist who is... at one time... an historian who understands the characters, a draftsman who can pose the characters in iconic fashion, and a story man who has created some of the most fascinating characters in the Disney universe. The author of the book is also a Disney artist who has helped Disney with its celebrations and made these wonderful drawings accessible to Disney fans.”

 

—Ross Anderson, Amazon Review

 

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