Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bill Peet Has A Website!

For those of you that have never heard of Bill Peet he started out at Disney and then became a very successful children's book author and illustrator. My introduction to him was in art school, when one of my instructors recommended his autobiography, which he wrote in children's book form. It is a fantastic book, a short read, and I think a must for anyone who loves the field.
  I just found out that he also has a website. I'm not sure how long it has been up, but I just stumbled on it so I thought I might share it. It is loaded with great information including pages on story writing and even some caricatures of other Disney greats:

To the right is the cover of his autobiography, and below a link to it on Amazon for anyone interested - Bill Peet, An Autobiography

Bill Peet - January 29, 1915 – May 11, 2002), He joined Disney in 1937 and worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the same year. After that came: Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940, The Pastoral Symphony), Dumbo (1941), The Three Caballeros (1944), Song of the South (1946), So Dear to My Heart (1948), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1959), 101 Dalmatians (1961), and The Sword in the Stone (1963). 

"During his 27 year career at Walt Disney studios, Bill Peet rose from inbetweener, to sketch artist to Disney's chief storyman. Bill Peet was the only storyman in the history of Disney studios who did all the story boards for an entire animated feature film, and he did it for two of them: The Sword in the Stone and One Hundred and One Dalmatians." - From his website

All before becoming a great writer and illustrator of many children's books including:

The Ant and the Elephant, Bill Peet: An Autobiography, Buford the Little Bighorn, The Caboose Who Got Loose, Cowardly Clyde, Encore for Eleanor, Farewell to Shady Glade, Kermit the Hermit, The Whingdingdilly, The Wump World. Visit his website for the rest of the list!

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