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John Lasseter mentions in the introduction his first job in college was pulling animation sequences from "the morgue" - Disney's archive of animation artworks. Well, this book is filled with those animation boards from "the morgue". Specifically, these are boards before the clean up process -- before sketchy pencil lines are removed and colours, backgrounds added.
The second book in The Archive Series is still a huge thick hardcover with the boards printed gloriously big. Compared to the first volume, every artist is now properly credited to their work. There are a couple of fold-outs which are unnecessary because the art isn't printed across the fold anyway.
This book is primarily on the character art and animation. Artists and animators who want to give their characters life, make them act or emote, will gain a lot from this book. This is more so than the first book because here it features a lot of expressions. There's no mistaking how the characters feel or what they are doing just by looking at their expressions and poses.
For animation sequences, well, the boards included are actually a mixture of in-sequence and standalone. You'll probably be able to recognise the many memorable scenes, like how Dumbo swings from her mother's trunk (sweet!), when Pinnochio takes his first step or the spaghetti-eating-to-kissing scene (classic!) in The Lady and the Tramp.Read more ›
This is one great book! This book is front to back animation drawings with a small intro by John Lassiter. There are animation drawings from Steamboat Willie to the Princess and the Frog. Seeing these drawings before the clean up proccess gives you an appreciation and insight of the artist from the past to the present. The book is a good companion piece to the Disney treasures book done by John Canemaker years ago. Animation fans of all types cannot help but be inpressed and inspired by the artistry of the Disney animators past and present. This book gets my highest recommendation!!
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I have bought many Disney books since the early 70's are there are a few that are truly great, such as Illusion of Life. Last year the first book in the Archives Series came out with the theme of "Story" and it too was a great book. The second book in the series, "Animation", is not just great but magical.
The book consists of animation drawings with no backgrounds and minimum text. Think of a museum experience without wearing a listening device telling you what you are seeing. Take a really close look at Jiminy Cricket by Ward Kimball. Just shadings and pencil marks. Then start pulling away and the illusion of life happens right before your eyes. Glen Keane's beast is a swirl of pencil markings that transform into the prince. You can feel Scar's movements, Alice's wishing thoughts and Dr. Facilier's plotting thoughts.
If your not convinced, find a copy of this book in a store and leaf through the pages. I hope that you have a similar or even more magical experience. If you love animation, this purchase is a no-brainer. Thank you John Lasseter and all the artists collected in this volume.
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This title in the series is slightly fewer pages (262, I believe Story is 272), but all the other physical aspects are the same.
In this title we get to see many many frame by frame sequences of some of our favorite Disney animations. In particular, the Peter Pan sequences were particularly nice as Disney has not released an official Art of... book for this animation.
Like Story, this title has no table of contents and has a short introduction, but no other text. The art really shines as this is a large format book, and in many instances there is one piece of artwork per page.
I love this Archive Series and I recommend collecting them now before they go out of print.
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I was excited to see that Disney put out a series of books that covers the different areas in the animation production pipeline. My problem with the few of these books that there are, are done by artists using their personal work, and usually not studio work, due to licensing problems, I imagine, or because they are not professional animation artists. Learning an ambiguous style is not helpful. Each studio tends to use a certain style and that's what they want to see. Plus, learning from an amateur who isn't in the industry isn't going to teach you what you need to know, unless you're a kid, and then, just drawing and practicing is important.
That being said, this particular books is not like the other archive books. Animation means a group of drawings that create movement when they're used together. That is not what this book is. It is just a bunch of random drawings that have been used in animation. So, it doesn't really serve as any type of learning, which the other books in the series do. It really only serves as a collector book for those who want to look at different character drawings used in Disney animation throughout the years, but, I can't imagine ever picking up this book to look at it again. It is much more impressive to see the actual drawings in person. That is amazing. Seeing reproductions in a book...not that exciting. The only thing I could possibly see using this as an artistic reference is for Disney character design...but there are no head-turns, expressions, hand dynamics...so, it really wouldn't work as a character design book either, just more if you wanted a beginner's Disney character practice guide.
It would have been much more interesting for them to show the Disney process of animation, which would be a first. This is just one of many collector books, and I would much rather have a full-color book from a specific film that details their whole process, if I wanted a collector book, than a book of character, pencil drawings.