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Once Upon A Wintertime

Once Upon A Wintertime, Illustrations by the Walt Disney Studio, Adapted by Tom Oreb. (c) 1948, 1950. Little Golden Book, First Edition. From Disney's MELODY TIME.


An incredibly well-drawn and designed LGB based off of the animated short segment in Disney's 1948 feature MELODY TIME. What surprises me with this book is the fact that the unsung hero of animation design, Tom Oreb, is credited here as adapting the story from the animated short. This would be the only account I know of Oreb doing an illustrated book.


Not sure if this is true, but the characters look to be designed originally by the Disney legend Freddie Moore, with the background stylings by Mary Blair -- or, at least they are greatly influenced by Blair. Who's to say. So it's interesting to see Oreb conform to Moore's and Blair's stylings. If anyone has more insight to this book, please feel free to contact me.


Credits to the animated film are found here.


I talk more about this book on my blog.

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Taken on March 2, 2006