New York: Simon & Schuster, 1940. 153pp. Quarto [33 cm] gray cloth with the title stamped in blue on the front board and backstrip. Good. Crayon scribbles to rear board and endsheets and pastedowns. Lacks the uncommon jacket. Hinges going. Item #45908
A wonderful copy of the book that was published to accompany the movie, that is signed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney) that all worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie [Ferguson] Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving (to get married, raise family, etc.) she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia, and several did, and included some really lovely illustrations and many include warm and heartfelt inscriptions.
This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations:
Inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page: "To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney".
Page  has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription "Best Wishes Always Milt Banta."
Page  has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a "ye olde family tree" for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription: "I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn't grow any Larger! Good Luck - Russ Dyson 1/18/46."
Page  has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: "Jodie - If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these - let me know. - Claude Coats."
Page  has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen].
Page  has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription: "An 'Good Fishin' to you all the time - Jodie. Hugh Hennesy"
Page  has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription "Good Bye Jodie - We'll Miss You!!! Bill Berg."
Page  has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription: "Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock."
Page  has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: "Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber."
Page  has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads: "Best Wishes to Jodie." The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus.
Page  has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: "Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols."
Page  has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription: "G'bye Now. Lots of Luck an' Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley."
The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription: " Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre."