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The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968

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Featuring 1,500 images from the “Golden Age of Animation,” this volume covers each of the major animated features made during Walt’s lifetime as well as lesser-known experimental short films, episodic musical films, and unfinished projects. Rare behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups of famous film scenes are included in this publication which was produced with unprecedented access to the Walt Disney Archives and Disney’s famous Animation Research Library.

Art Edition, limited to 2,500 copies, with facsimiles of Fantasia storyboard sketches and portfolio of five cel setups from the Silly Symphonies

 

This TASCHEN Collector’s Edition presents the first volume of one of the most expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation. In it, some 1,500 images as well as top essays by eminent Disney experts take us to the beating heart of the studio’s “Golden Age of Animation,” tracing Disney’s complete animation journey from the silent film era, through his first full-length feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and the pioneering artistic experiment Fantasia (1940), right up to his last masterpieces Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) and The Jungle Book (1967).

The book brings focus to each of the major animated features made during Walt’s lifetime, including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians, without forgetting the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies series, underappreciated episodic musical films such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time, and many unfinished projects, such as proposed sequels to Fantasia or a homage to Davy Crockett by painter Thomas Hart Benton.

With extensive research conducted through the collections of the Walt Disney Company, as well as private collections, editor Daniel Kothenschulte curates some of the most precious concept paintings and storyboards to reveal just how these animation masterpieces came to life. These original artworks are accompanied by cel setups of famous film scenes, rare pictures from Disney photographers, and fascinating excerpts from story conferences between Walt and his staff. Throughout, contributions from leading Disney specialists detail the evolution of each film and honor the outstanding animators and designers who influenced the style of the studio, among them Albert Hurter, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Carl Barks, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy.

This definitive Art Edition, limited to 2,500 copies, comes with its own facsimile of a 64-page color storyboard designed for Mickey Mouse’s legendary appearance in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” in Fantasia and stunning facsimile portfolio of five masterful cel setups from the Silly Symphonies cartoon musicals, offering remarkable testimony to the love of detail that was built into each Disney frame.
 
  • First volume of one of the most expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation.
  • Limited to 2,500 copies.
  • Presented in a clamshell box with facsimile portfolio of 5 cel setups from the Silly Symphonies and a 64-page facsimile reproduction of color sketches for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Fantasia, many of them designed by legendary Disney artist Tom Codrick.
  • Produced with the assistance of the Walt Disney Archives and Disney’s Animation Research Library.
  • Covers the Walt Disney journey from the era of silent films through to his final masterpiece The Jungle Book (1967).
  • Includes the first full-length feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the landmark artistic experiment Fantasia (1940), and beloved postwar classics such as Cinderella (1950) and Peter Pan(1953).
  • 1,500 illustrations and essays by eminent Disney experts.
  • Masterful cel setups provide highly detailed illustrations of famous film scenes.
  • Remarkable behind-the-scenes insight with excerpts from story conferences with Walt and his staff and rare pictures taken by Disney studio photographers.

Copyright © 2016 by Disney Enterprises, Inc.
The editor and author

Daniel Kothenschulte is an author, curator, and lecturer on film and art history, and a lover of animation since he first saw The Jungle Book at the age of three. As a film journalist, he is responsible for the film section in the German national daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau and a regular contributor to WDR Television. He has taught at various universities, including Städelschule in Frankfurt; the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund; and the University of Television and Film Munich. He is the author of Hollywood in the ’30s and The Art of Pop Video, as well as books about Robert Redford, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and artist Mike Kelley. In addition, he provides accompanying music to silent films on the piano.

The authors

Academy Award–winning filmmaker John Lasseter maintains creative oversight of all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Lasseter made his directorial debut in 1995 with Toy Story, the world’s first feature-length computer-animated film. He subsequently went on to direct A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, and Cars 2. Lasseter has executive produced all of Pixar’s films since 2001, including the 2015 release of Inside Out and Finding Dory in 2016, and has executive produced all of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ films since 2006, including its most recent releases Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. He is currently directing Toy Story 4.

Russell Merritt teaches in the Film and Media Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught and lectured internationally on Disney, animation, silent film, and art house cinema. Together with J. B. Kaufman, he cowrote the award-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney and Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series. Merritt was senior advisor on D. W. Griffith: Father of Film, a three-part series produced for American Masters, which was nominated for an Emmy Award, and has also produced The Great Nickelodeon Show.

An internationally respected animation critic and historian, Charles Solomon has written for The New York Times, Newsweek (Japan), Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Variety, Télérama, and National Public Radio and is the author of 17 books on animation, including Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty to Disney’s Maleficent and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the first film book nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2008, Solomon received the LA Press Club Award for radio feature reporting and ASIFA-Hollywood’s June Foray Award in 2015.

Robin Allan (1934–2014) was the author of the groundbreaking Walt Disney and Europe, the accumulation of 10 years of study on both sides of the Atlantic and the inspiration behind the seminal 2006/07 exhibition Il était une fois Walt Disney at the Grand Palais, Paris; Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; and Kunsthalle München. Allan published two children’s books and many articles on Disney and lectured on the subject in Britain, North America, France, and Germany. He donated much of his collection and research archives to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at Exeter University, England.

Didier Ghez runs the Disney History blog (disneybooks.blogspot.com), the Disney Books Network website (www.didierghez.com), and serves as managing editor of the Walt’s People book series. He is the author of Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality, Disney’s Grand Tour, and They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age and the editor of other Disney publications including Life in the Mouse House: Memoir of a Disney Story Artist.

J. B. Kaufman is an author and film historian who has published and lectured extensively on Disney animation, American silent film history, and related topics. His books include The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, South of the Border with Disney, and Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic. He is also coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series and the award-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney. In addition, Kaufman has presented programs at festivals, including the TCM Classic Film Festival and San Francisco Silent Film Festival. He holds forth online at jbkaufman.com.

Katja Lüthge is a Berlin-based film journalist, writer, and curator, specializing in film, comics, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Berliner Zeitung and Die Zeit, among others, and in several exhibitions on comics. Lüthge has special expertise in animal characters in comics and animation.

Brian Sibley is a writer and broadcaster who has presented and contributed to numerous TV and radio programs about the Mouse and his maker. He has lectured on many aspects of animation, and has made appearances on the “extras” of numerous Disney DVDs. He is also the coauthor of Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It, The Disney Studio Story, Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of the Classic Film.

Writer Leonard Maltin is best known for his widely used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume, Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, as well as his 30-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, appears regularly on Reelz Channel and Turner Classic Movies, and hosts the podcast Maltin on Movies. His books include Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons and The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. He holds court at leonardmaltin.com.

Mindy Johnson is an award-winning author, animation and film historian, musician, and educator. Her books include the critically acclaimed Tinker Bell: An Evolution and the upcoming Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation. Johnson has also contributed to several volumes on animation, including Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man. In addition to teaching various film and animation courses in Los Angeles, Johnson writes, lectures, and consults for The Walt Disney Company, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and American Masters, among others. Johnson is also an award-winning playwright, Grammy-nominated songwriter, and a contributing artist on several internationally acclaimed recordings.

Dave Smith is the Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Company and a Disney legend. He joined the company in 1970 to found the Walt Disney Archives and worked as chief archivist for over 40 years, collecting and preserving all aspects of Disney history and making the material available for use. He has written numerous books, including Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia, Disney: The First 100 Years, Disney Trivia from the Vault, and Disney Facts Revealed. For many years, Smith has run a regular “Ask Dave” column, beginning in the Disney Channel Magazine and currently on the D23 website, where he answers Disney questions from fans.

Andreas Platthaus studied rhetorics, philosophy, history, and economics before joining the staff of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 1997, where he works as literary editor. He has written several books and essays on comic and animation aesthetics and history, including a Walt Disney biography,Von Mann und Maus: Die Welt des Walt Disney. He joined D.O.N.A.L.D. (Deutsche Organisation nichtkommerzieller Anhänger des lauteren Donaldismus), a German organization of non-commercial followers of “Donaldism,” in 1983, became its president in 1992, and was awarded with its honorary membership in 2007.

The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968

Edition of 2,500
Hardcover, 620 pages, 16.2 x 11.8 in. in clamshell box. With portfolio of 5 cel setups, 14.8 x 11.8 in. and 11.8 x 14.3 in., and 64-page facsimile of 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' storyboard from Fantasia, 11.8 x 14.6 in..

ISBN 978-3-8365-6395-6
Edition: English

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