Sunday, January 16, 2011

Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design Book Review

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Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design Book Review
About the Book: Whether it consists of quick sketches on a lunch counter napkin, elaborate paintings in oils or watercolors, or dazzling computer renderings, the unparalleled creative process of Disney artists is lavishly showcased in Design, the third volume of The Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series. Among the incredible talents featured in this volume are Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Joe Grant, Maurice Noble, Gustaf Tenggren, Tyrus Wong, Kay Nielsen, David Hall, Mel Shaw, Mary Blair, Bianca Majolie, Yale Gracey, Eyvind Earle, Walt Peregoy, Ken Anderson, James Coleman, Jean Gillmore, Rowland Wilson, Glen Keane, Chris Sanders, Andreas Deja, Mike Gabriel, Mike Giaimo, Hans Bacher, Chen Yi Chang, Paul Felix, Aaron Blaise, Ian Gooding, and John Musker. Design represents a rare opportunity to again enjoy a glimpse into the truly spectacular trove of treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

Our Take: I'm a huge fan of animation and as an artist I'm always into seeing development art.  Disney has been doing this archive series of books.  This time around its titled DESIGN.  This hardcover book is in the same style as the previous STORY and ANIMATION books.  This one has a nice deep purple binding.

The book is FULL of color paintings and sketches from the production of such famous Disney films as Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, the Lion King, Snow White and more!   Its really fun to get a behind the scenes look at what goes into the design of a Disney animated feature.  There are a lot of painted backround scenes and even some different takes on characters like the Beast and Belle that were never utilized.  Anyone that is a fan of Disney will really dig this book.  We highly recommend it.

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