Thursday, December 5, 2019

Jim Korkis' Disney Never Lands

Disney guru Jim Korkis takes on the Disney projects that never materialized from a second California park near the Queen Mary to one in St Louis, to unrealized theme park land to unrealized shorts for Mickey Mouse or a Jim Henson Little Mermaid TV series Korkis covers it all...

...well not all since I'm sure there are tons of other projects that could be covered in a second volumes.

As it stands now this is another feather in the cap of Korkis who brings to light all sorts of interesting tidbits about projects that almost went somewhere. These are projects that were pursued by Disney and his organization that actually had a shot at going somewhere. And that is one of the strengths of the book is that Korkis deep dives into the projects to explain to us what might have been and detailing why they never happened. It wasn't always simply a matter of money or seeming to conflict with plans for Walt Disney World but something more.

If there is any flaw in the book it is only one that fans of Korkis' work will pick up, and that is slight, in that some of the stories have appeared in other books that Korkis has written. There have been other chapters on the Marceline Project which is  about Disney's boyhood home or the St Louis Riverfront. However Korkis smartly gives us more detail than in previous books which make the idea of skipping them ill advised.

I really liked this book and I expect it copies to be going off to friends who are big Disney fans.

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