Books &Disney 22 Aug 2008 07:59 am

Lullaby Land – the book

- Lullaby Land was a Disney Silly Symphony made in 1933. It was an early color short directed by the inestimable Wilfred Jackson. The short was an adaptation of the poems by Eugene Field, Love Songs of Childhood published in 1894. John Canemaker had this Italian edition of the film published by Mondadori in 1948.

It took them some 15 years, till they were able to get rid of Mussolini, to catch up, I guess. It’s interesting that the social realists, such as Rosselini, De Sica and Fellini, were taking over the Italian film industry when this book was released. The world was in a very different place from the time that the short had originally been produced. I wonder how well this book was received.

Here are the illustrations from John’s copy of the book:

(Click any image to enlarge.)

The book’s inner cover spread.

The title page and the first illustration.

5 Responses to “Lullaby Land – the book”

  1. on 22 Aug 2008 at 3:56 pm 1.EZG said …

    Pretty snazzy stuff. Reminds me pretty strongly of the Little Nemo comics, although perhaps not as lushly illustrated. Not that they particularly aren’t, McCay was just a drawin’ fool.

  2. on 23 Aug 2008 at 1:19 am 2.hackydog said …

    oh man! oh man oh man I love this stuff.
    So, I’m reading an e-mail from a friend and he is telling me about his difficult childhood and how he set his house on fire.
    Then I check out your ‘splog’ and see this baby, first fearful then gleefull, with the matches. Startling and so beautiful. I love/hate Disney – this is far enough removed.
    Grazie. Grazie mille. Grazie infinite.
    ps – did you see the potato that looks sort of like Mickey Mouse on ‘Countdown’? Olberman said that Disney’s lawyers have been dispatched to the farm.

  3. on 23 Aug 2008 at 8:19 am 3.Michael said …

    I did see the potato that looked like Mickey Mouse. It was shown from a front view. I wondered if in profile the ears followed through as circles. Somehow I doubt it.

  4. on 23 Aug 2008 at 6:02 pm 4.Eddie Fitzgerald said …


  5. on 16 Nov 2009 at 6:52 pm 5.Paul said …

    The picture “still” where the sandman is leaning over the baby in the crib, with the dog next to the crib….I am certain this is what I’ve looked years for. Was there ever a glow in the dark picture of the above “still”?? Please email me and let me know.
    Thank you.

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