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Magic Color Flair: The World of Mary Blair Hardcover – May 6, 2014


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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: 9.7 x 12.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,640 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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15 of 19 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 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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