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Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series: Story (Walt Disney Animation Archives) Hardcover – December 9, 2008

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  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Walt Disney Animation Archives
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423107233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423107231
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.2 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Archive Series: Story is a huge and thick hardcover book. Although the title has the word "story" in it, readers looking for the Disney storytelling process will be sorely disappointed. John Lasseter's foreword is pretty much all the text in the book.

This book is about storyboards.

Over hundreds of storyboard panels are included in the book, for movies and shorter episodes. Some of the titles include The Three Little Pigs, Snow White (1937), Dumbo (1941), Alice in Wonderland (1951), The Jungle Book (1967), Beauty and the Beast(1991) and a whole lot more, including lesser known ones. The latest one is the 2002 Lilo & Stitch. This book is an archive of storyboards created for traditional animation.

There are about 1 to 6 storyboards on each page. There are no captions although a few of them have scene descriptions and scribbles. This archive picks random storyboard sequences from each animation. Unfortunately, most of the storyboard sequences are not complete. Many times I have followed through interesting sequences only to be cut off with a new title on the next page. It's really a minor quibble given the hundreds of thousands of storyboards to choose for the book.

This whole book is an example of masterful application of storyboard techniques, like cutting scenes, composing, moving the (camera) view and stuff like that. But you must already know some basics to see them -- this is not an instructional book. There are also plenty of styles of art to look at. It's valuable resource for anyone into storyboards.

This is a highly quality book that's pretty much worth the money, but a more appropriate title would be "The Archive Series: Storyboards".

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As others have said, this book focuses on storyboards rather than the actual story of Disney's animated features, but that shouldn't throw anyone off or disappoint them, considering how gorgeous everything in this book is. I had Story on my wish list for a few months, but the second I heard it was out of print, I rushed and got it before Animation, which was going to be my original first purchase in this series. I'm glad I did, as Story has genuine treasures, and every single page here is a masterpiece. Story is also a true art book, as the only real text in the book (aside from labels on the artwork) is an introduction by John Lasseter, and then the final pages and index listing what's on what page and artist credits. There are no pages talking about the storyboard process, how hard something was to explain with storyboards or to put in animated form, nothing of that sort. What you get are huge pictures of the storyboards with their respective notes, if any, and you can take in the artwork in all its glory.

I hate to sound like a Disney fanboy here, but this book really is gorgeous to look at. It single-handedly got me back into drawing, and I enjoyed being taken back in time and seeing bits from some features I hadn't seen in ages. Even the we'll-probably-never-see-it-on-dvd Song of the South is featured in here! So many Disney films and shorts are shown here that it serves as a time capsule of sorts, starting out with Steamboat Willie and ending with Lilo & Stitch. I can't even talk about what my favorite pieces were in here because honestly, that'd be about 90% of the book. Storyboards for the bear fight from The Fox and the Hound, Ferdinand the Bull sitting in the arena with his flower, Pluto on trial in Pluto's Judgment Day...there's so much here!
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Great high quality book with large pages that allow the reader to experience the level of detail and care that the artists took with these story boards. Could have used a little extra text in the book in order to describe who drew the particular boards and some back story. Will be purchasing further books in the series.
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This is the first book in the Disney Archive Series and is hardback with no dust cover and 272 pages. The book is focused on story through storyboards.

There is no table of contents, and the book really gained steam for me on page 72 when they introduced the storyboards for Snow White until the end of the book. Much of the artwork you'll see will be for the first time.

This series is going to be a keeper for sure.

Highly recommended.
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I asked for The Archive Series: Story for Christmas, and to my delight it appeared under the tree. As an aspiring animator, I am fascinated by the storytelling processes of the professionals, and the material featured in the book was inspiring (especially the Glen Keane gems).

The book includes a board for one scene per hand-drawn Disney classic, all the way up to Lilo & Stitch (2002). In many cases, different many artists were responsible for certain panels of a scene, as the boards are compiled from multiple stages of production to generally parallel the final film version. The artists are accredited in an alphabetical film index at the end of the book.

Even without sophisticated animation knowledge or artistic sensibility, The Archive Series: Story is more than just a glorified picture book. Anyone can enjoy perusing the panels that follow a scrubbing Cinderella and holding the book next to the film to pick out the similarities. Pure character overflows out of the original drawings; their personality is so rich, they will challenge the classic "I can't even draw a stick man" mentality. The artist within is anxious to be unlocked by the key that is The Archive Series: Story.
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