Jim Fanning specializes in Disney. In a career dedicated to celebrating and exploring the work and life of Walt Disney, as well as his collaborators and those who carry on his legacy, Jim has recounted the history of many areas of the wide world of Disney.
He has conducted extensive research at the Walt Disney Archives, the Disney Photo Library, the Animation Research Library and the Walt Disney Imagineering Image Libraries, and has interviewed many Disney luminaries and talents including Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, John Musker, Mike Gabriel, Mary Costa, Kathryn Beaumont, the Sherman Brothers and Roger Mobley.
Jim has written officially commissioned works for many departments of The Walt Disney Company, as well as lending his expertise to many Disney licensees, including Enesco, Technicolor, Dixie, NBC and Mattel. Whether writing of Walt’s boyhood in Marceline, Missouri, relating the creation of Mickey Mouse, Disneyland or Mary Poppins, or editing a series of books starring the characters from Disney/Pixar’s Cars, Jim’s philosophy is historical accuracy, dedication to uncovering new and little-known behind-the scenes stories, and lively and engaging storytelling that illuminates authentic Disney “magic.”