First Look at John Canemaker’s Amazing Disney History ‘The Lost Notebook’

Yesterday on Cartoon Brew’s Instagram, we offered a small taste of John Canemaker’s new book The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic, which will be released on May 27.

It’s no secret that I’m an unabashed fan of the book, as evidenced by the embarrassingly prominent blurb from me on the book’s back cover. But even though I’d already seen the book’s contents, I was unprepared for the sheer magnificence of the final object when it arrived in the mail yesterday. It’s a humongous tome (12″x12″, 288 pages), with every image reprinted beautifully, and a striking use of silver ink throughout. And then there’s the treasure trove of knowledge contained within both the facsimile of Schultheis’s notebooks and Canemaker’s impeccable research and writing. This book is a great argument for why art books, when done right, still deserve to be printed on paper in this digital age.

The Lost Notebook is available to pre-order on Amazon. It’s not cheap, but if you are an admirer of the artistry and technical innovations of the early Disney features, this book is a must-have.

We’ll have more about the book on Cartoon Brew in the coming weeks.


  • Toonio

    The awesome book from the lost innovator.

    Hopefully one day we’ll know what really happened to him. And I also hope they release the digital copy ala Disney family museum.

  • Bob McKnight

    I remember seeing these notes at Howard Lowery’s gallery in Burbank years
    ago. I also have the Print Magazine article that John Canemaker wrote back in
    1996. I’m so happy that this information is getting out there for the fans and to the public who have an interest.
    Thank you Mr. Canemaker.

  • Mister Twister

    >reading that title
    Looks like someone is under contractual obligation to use “Disney” and “magic” in the same sentence.

  • Ward Jenkins

    Oh, wow. This looks absolutely amazing. Cannot wait to get a copy of this!

  • Matt Jones

    This should be excellent. Every time I vivit the WDFM I pore of the digital display of the notebook (which lies right next to it entombed in glass). Schultheis led a fascinating life-I look forward to reading more about him.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Wow! i’ve never seen some of these photos. And a section on photography?! Nice!