Inside the Whimsy Works: My Life with Walt Disney Productions


The extraordinary story of the rise of the Disney executive most responsible for the success of Walt Disney Records

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The extraordinary story of the rise of the Disney executive most responsible for the success of Walt Disney Records

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"Written in a friendly conversational tone, Inside the Whimsy Works offers new and surprising perspectives on the era when Walt and his brother Roy ran The Walt Disney Company, by a person who was not only there but who created Disney's successful record division. Editors Greg Ehrbar and Didier Ghez have done a magnificent job formatting and annotating Johnson's original manuscript so that it will not only delight readers today but be a valuable resource tool for future researchers."

—Jim Korkis, Disney historian and author of several popular books about Disney history including The Vault of Walt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617039300
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 996,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jimmy Johnson (1917-1976) devoted his entire career to the Disney organization. Johnson joined Disney in 1938 as an assistant in the publicity department and worked his way up within the company. He was general manager and later president of the Walt Disney Music Company until his retirement in March of 1975.

Greg Ehrbar is a two-time Grammy-nominated and Addy-winning writer/editor/producer with over a quarter century with The Walt Disney Company. He works in print, network TV, and online; coauthored Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records (published by the University Press of Mississippi); contributed to The Cartoon Music Book; adapts major films into books; and produces recordings. Ehrbar is a recognized entertainment historian on TV, DVD, and Blu-ray; the official Disney Parks Blog; Indiewire's;;; and radio's TV Confidential.

Didier Ghez is vice president of International New Media, Latin America & Iberia for NBC Universal. His articles about the parks, animation, and vintage international Disneyana, as well as his many interviews with Disney artists, have appeared in Animation Journal, Animation Magazine, and StoryboarD. He is the coauthor of Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality, runs the Disney History Blog and the Disney Books Network website, and serves as managing editor of the Walt's People book series.

Grey Johnson, Nyack, New York, writes a blog at and has had a career as a stage director—most notably as Associate Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage. His long arts marketing career led to becoming the director of membership first at public radio jazz station, WBGO, and now at America's National Ballet Company(R), the American Ballet Theatre. He is also Jimmy Johnson's son.

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