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Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series: Design Hardcover – November 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423134206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423134206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 13.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter requested this gift and really loves anything Disney.
Piano Mom
In addition to the reduced size of the book, the weight of the paper and the quality of the printing has never quite seemed as good as it used to be.
B. Hay
This book is packed with beautiful preproduction and design art that includes watercolors, drawings, sketches, color studies, and digital paintings.
J. Ferguson

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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Of the three books from The Archive Series, this is my favourite. It covers design or the concept art for animated films.

This 256-page hardcover is filled with beautiful character designs, background paintings and storyboards. There are Mary Blair's paintings, wonderful layouts from Hans Bacher, the Lilo and Stitch drawings from Chris Sanders, pastel colour scripts from Bolt animated films and more. The art here is way more colourful than the previous two volumes on Story and Animation.

There is work dating back to the 1920s up to the latest animated films like The Princess and the Frog, and even Tangled. You will be able to see how the art has evolved with time, and the various Disney artists that have worked there and some are still working there now. There are so many styles to look at, from pencil animated characters to watercolour scenes to oil paintings.

If you have other Disney art books, some pieces of work are actually repeated, but about one fifth of the them are published here for the first time. Even so, this is a wonderful collection to get. And if you have to get only one volume out of The Archive Series, I'll recommend this volume.

This is a beautiful and inspiring collection.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Ferguson on November 27, 2010
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The Walt Disney Archive Series has already set the bar quite high with the first two entries in this series - Story and Animation. However, the release of Design sets new levels when it comes to quality, content and presentation. This book is packed with beautiful preproduction and design art that includes watercolors, drawings, sketches, color studies, and digital paintings. Some of Eyvind Earle's paintings for Sleeping Beauty are included as well as Chris Sander's storybook inspirational art for Lilo and Stitch. There are character design sketches for the Beast and Gaston by Glen Keane and Andreas Deja. There's several pages covering the Black Cauldron which features two inspirational paintings by James Coleman as well as character sketches by Tim Burton, and there's much, much more. Though I've collected most of the "art of" books from Disney, I haven't seen many of the works displayed in this book.

While the first two books were amazing, what's great about Design is that in most of the artwork, all of the elements of character, color, design and background are coming together. It's almost like flipping through a lavishly illustrated children's book of many different styles and viewpoints. One could frame much of the work shown in this book and be quite pleased with them hanging on your wall. It really is a terrific book.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on December 1, 2010
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I love this book, everything about it is wonderful it is a must have but don't buy it from amazon.com. Mine arrived in an oversized box with no internal packaging and so was wonderfully damaged. If this was a one off event or if it were an accident I could forgive them but this is just laziness and it is most definitely NOT the first time they have pulled a stunt like this. Buy this book and love every page but order it from your local book store so you can pick it up and have an undamaged one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buster B on January 31, 2011
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This book has absolutely wonderful content, but the interior seems of inferior printing craftsmanship than the previous two editions. I realize some people think that's just a subjective impression, but I think anyone who buys, collects, handles, or prints books knows the difference. I wouldn't let that stop me from purchasing this book, however, because the cover is just as nice, and the content, as I already mentioned, is wonderful.
Part of what makes this series great is the attempt at minimizing overlapping material from other books. Yes, about half of the material can be had in other books, but those are usually pieces that are so associated with certain films that a book would almost seem incomplete with out them. But just being able to view the "new" material would be worth the price of the book. There are Snow White concept images that I've never ever seen before, as well as other surprises that will delight the Disney art fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brindle on July 12, 2011
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Beautiful book....it is a gift for my daughter who already has the first two of the series....but it's condition upon arrival is disappointing...no invoice, the bubble wrap was ripped, and the book has creases and fingerprints in the margins. Others have complained of similar fates.....just to be aware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Art on December 30, 2010
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This is the most gorgeous collection of Disney art that I have seen. Just gorgeous. My only complaint (a minor one) is the paper seems a little thin... but that may be because of the size of the pages - and the book is already quite thick. This is just gorgeous! Probably my most cherished Disney book, and I have A LOT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oracle Employee on December 30, 2010
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Received the book, much bigger and more comprehensive in terms of range of movies covered. The book is gorgeous showing a few pages (usually no more than 6-8) per show. The movie covers visual development work (design) of characters, environments, color studies, and props from Disney studios' earliest shorts right up to Tangled (their most recent movie). I was surprised by the inclusion of some of the material in the book: rare stuff like the concept art for Lorenzo, The Little Match Girl and other shorts. Keep in mind, since it covers so many shows the selections are limited, but a good buy for any fan of this type of material. Its very low on text, which is fine, it is definitely a visual experience.
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