Book coverJohn Canemaker presents The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic

Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 pm

Discover the secrets behind Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi—all through the lens of early animation’s most enigmatic and fascinating character, Herman Schultheis. A technician at the Disney Studio in the late 1930s, Schultheis kept a covert scrapbook of special effects wizardry, capturing in photographs and text the dazzling,
behind-the-scenes ingenuity of early Disney films. Part annotated facsimile of the scrapbook itself, part biography of the complicated, overly ambitious man who made it, The Lost Notebook is a gold mine for Disney and animation enthusiasts and a vivid, riveting account of one man’s plight to make it big in early Hollywood.


John Canemaker

John Canemaker has won an Academy Award, an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his animation and is an internationally-renowned animation historian and teacher.  A key figure in American independent animation, Canemaker’s work has a distinctive personal style emphasizing emotion, personality and dynamic visual expression.

His film, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, won an Oscar in 2005 for Best Animated Short, as well as an Emmy. A 28-minute autobiographical essay about a troubled father/son relationship, The Moon and the Son marked a personal and professional breakthrough in animation storytelling. 

Canemaker is also a noted author who has written nine books on animation, as well as numerous essays, articles and monographs for The New York Times andThe Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

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