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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Walt Disney Family Foundation Press; annotated edition edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616287934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616287931
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Canemaker is an Academy Award–, Emmy Award–, and Peabody Award–winning animation director and designer. His 28-minute film, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, won the 2005 Oscar for Best Animated Short, and his more than 20 films, and their original art, are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is also a tenured professor and director of the animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. The Lost Notebooks is Canemaker's eleventh book on the history of animation.

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Romance VINE VOICE on May 23, 2014
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I was in a pickle. There were two Mary Blair artbooks - this one and The Art and Flair of Mary Blair (Updated Edition): An Appreciation (Disney Editions Deluxe) - that were coming out at roughly the same time and I was waffling on which one to buy. My reasoning for picking this one was because it had more pages. More pages = more art, right? After much deliberation, I finally got my art book in the mail today and sadly, I found myself feeling ho-hum.

There was nothing wrong with the contents per se. But as I flipped through the pages, I felt no excitement as I glanced through the images. Nothing really caught my eye. There were a few that I liked but not enough to offset my lack of interest. At the start, there will be a chance to read about the life of Mary Blair and how she became the popular artist to this day. So, impressively, for the rest of the book will be just art. This is definitely an art book. And most of the images spanned full pages! There were two Disney movies that were well documented - Cinderella and Peter Pan. So, don't expect much well-known Disney movies represented here. The rest was dedicated to lesser known works throughout her career. I found her later works to be my favorites.

The book itself is of decent quality. The pages are nice and glossy. They do seem to be a little bit grainy. The pictures are clear but underneath a light, you can see bits of weave in the paper. But you will only notice if you are looking for it. My other complaint would be that the dust jacket is cheap. You can see the indent in the jacket itself, from the title on the front cover, from being pressed on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eaclark on June 10, 2014
I recently visited the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, and after walking through the special exhibit on Mary Blair I completely fell in love with her artwork and design. She is such an important part of Disney history and her influential role within the company in the 1930s makes her an incredible feminist role model. I picked up Magic Color Flair before leaving that day and am really happy with the purchase. The artwork is beautiful and the background into her life is really well developed and informative. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Mary Blair or early Disney artwork. Also, if you are able to get to it before the exhibit ends, it’s definitely worth checking out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 23, 2014
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When I bought this book, I was seriously confused by the other book The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation that was also coming out in the same month.

Magic Color Flair is actually the companion book to the exhibition of the same name that's held at The Walt Disney Family Museum from March 13 to September 7, 2014. This book is a 176-page hardcover.

The focus of this book is on the aesthetics of Mary Blair's art and design. The essay by John Canemaker reflects that, and if you have The Art and Flair of Mary Blair as well, you will find that there is quite an overlap of content. To get a fuller picture of Mary Blair's life, you have to get the other book.

Mary Blair's artworks are wonderfully produced in the book. They are printed huge, many are printed full page. They included artworks that she created for Disney and for her freelance jobs. You'll see art for Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, "It's a Small World" exhibition and the Little Golden Books.

This is a fine artbook by itself. But if you just want to get one book, I would suggest getting The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation.

I feel that the selection of works is much better in the other book which are more striking and representative of Mary Blair, but that could be because I read that book first. There aren't much duplication in both books so you can still get both, but then there's this dissatisfaction of having to pay more money just to have a more complete collection.

4 out of 5 stars.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2014
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This book contains artwork I have not seen before. It puts her Disney work within the context of her other creative output. The artwork is beautiful.
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This book serves as the exhibition Catalog to the Mary Blair exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum. Arguably best known for her work on Disneyland's "it's a small world" attraction as well as her commercial work in the 60's, "Magic Color Flair" serves as both biography, catalog and extraordinary commentary on Mary Blair's work. I was fortunate to visit the exhibit last month and found the book and the exhibit offered a wonderful overview of her work as a young artist followed by her time at Disney as well her commercial work for ad agencies and Little Golden Books.

Mr. Canemaker is both a fan and an expert on Blair. In this book he gives lots of insight into her history, the events that shaped her work as well as providing insightful commentary. Mary is remarkable for being a successful artist at Disney during a time dominated by men. The book's biography tells of her upbringing, Walt's interest in her art and her balance as both mother and artist. Along with the text are many pictures of her early paintings, family photos and newspaper clippings that all serve to illustrate how Mary's career began and developed. One really gets a sense of how she moved from strength to strength exploring design and color.

Mary's work is gorgeous and this book offers an excellent gallery of images. All the images from the exhibit are found here as well as lots pencil sketches and notes. In addition to her paintings She often created textile patterns and window displays for upscale stores. The author Included in the back of the book photos of several window displays and scarves she created. A nice bonus as these images and works were not at the exhibit. I was excited to see these pieces.

As for the book itself it is hardback and full color.
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