Sunday, August 23, 2009

Disney People, Bill Peet and Joe Rinaldi

Bill Peet Jr. maintains a website devoted to his father, legendary Disney Story artist and children's book author Bill Peet.

There's a cool page here where he's posted some caricatures Bill did of some of his Disney co-workers. If you click on the drawings, some of them link to really interesting casual pictures snapped of the artists at work. If you click on the caricature of Disney Story Artist Joe Rinaldi, it will take you to a page with another caricature of Joe, plus some candid photos and a brief passage about Bill Jr's memories of Joe.



Anyway, thought I'd pass this along - I'm sure a lot of people who are interested in Disneyana will enjoy seeing these candid photos. The Bill Peet site is full of great unpublished Peet work including a great page of unpublished Book ideas.

If there's anyone out there that has any information about the life and/or work of Joe Rinaldi I'd love to hear from you. Bill Peet has left us quite a legacy of his work and life but those of us at Disney know very little about Joe or his life. I own some pieces of Disney art that I think were done by Joe, I will get around to posting them someday.

7 comments:

Floyd Norman said...

I agree we should know much more about Joe Rinaldi. There's hardly anything written about him, and that's a shame.

He was still around when I first arrived at Disney. I was just a kid, and afraid to even approach these old Disney story guys. I would love to write about Joe, but sadly, I know very little about him aside from his work in story.

mark kennedy said...

Floyd - Yeah, he's a real enigma to everyone I asked about him. I was asking Burny about Joe the other day, he pretty much said the same thing.

popenuj said...
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popenuj said...

My grandfather was Joe's brother. Is there anything in particular that you would like to know?

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WineCountryman said...

I have a friend here in Napa that was a very good friend of Joe Rinaldi and if your interested I could put you in touch with Tom they were in the war together and friends for years. Tom is 90 years old and sharp as a tack. He gave me a signed Art piece that Joe did in 1949-1950.
I wonder if anyone ever saw this picture. You can contact me at JSmith8388@me.com
I am sure Tom can tell you plenty about Joe!

WineCountryman said...

I have a friend here in Napa that was a very good friend of Joe Rinaldi and if your interested I could put you in touch with Tom they were in the war together and friends for years. Tom is 90 years old and sharp as a tack. He gave me a signed Art piece that Joe did in 1949-1950.
I wonder if anyone ever saw this picture. You can contact me at JSmith8388@me.com
I am sure Tom can tell you plenty about Joe!