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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film Hardcover – October 16, 2012

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film is filled with such detail, from the beginning of production in July 1934 to the completion in December 1937. This beautiful art book is also informative." (Fred Patten, Animation World Network)

"Author J.B. Kaufman spent years researching the film's history, interviewing participants and studying the marvelous archival art that appears in these pages. The result is a work that can be appreciated equally as a piece of film history and as a collectible art book, a joy for anyone who loves film, animation and the magical world that Walt Disney created." (D23, The Official Disney Fan Club)

"The most surprising thing about the catalog, is that if it had been handed to me without any hint that that "main book" (The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) existed, I would have been convinced that this was the best art-book ever about the movie. That "catalog" is 256-page long and must contain about 600 illustrations, at least 30% of which I believe I had never seen before." (Didier Ghez, Disney History blog)

About the Author

J.B. Kaufman is an author and film historian who has published extensively on topics including Disney animation and American silent film. He is the author of South of the Border with Disney, and coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney (winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Award and the Society for Animation Studies' Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart Award, and chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year), and Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies. He has also been a regular contributor to the Griffith Project at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the distinguished annual silent-film festival in Pordenone, Italy, and speaks frequently on Disney, silent film history, and related topics.

The Walt Disney Family Museum was co-founded by Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and grandson, Walter Miller. Located in San Francisco, the museum is dedicated to sharing and celebrating the life, work and legacy of Walt Disney through innovative exhibits and programs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walt Disney Family Foundation Press (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616284374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616284374
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.B. Kaufman is an author and film historian who has published and lectured extensively on Disney animation, American silent film history, and related topics. His books include "Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic", "The Fairest One of All", and "South of the Border with Disney"; he is also coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of "Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series" and the award-winning "Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney". Kaufman has also presented programs at festivals including the TCM Classic Film Festival; the San Francisco Silent Film Festival; and Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the distinguished annual silent-film festival in Pordenone, Italy, where he contributed to "The Griffith Project" and other retrospectives.

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Anyone who is an animation buff,Disney-phile or just a kid at heart will love this book. It is beautifully compiled with numerous drawings,animation cells and inside information on the creation of an American classic of film history. It keeps the legend and love for Walt Disney alive.
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This book is so awesome. There are images of the characters in development that look different from the characters that ended up in the movie and a lot of information about the characters and the creation of the movie. It is a hefty book, with dozens of pictures/sketches/etc. and so it is worth the price. I bought this as a gift for my sister-in-law who is a Disney fan and whose favorite Disney character is Snow White and I can hardly wait to see her face when she opens it. :) I would recommend this to any Disney fan or artist.
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If you are confused by two books, by the same author, on the same topic, by the same publisher, released on the same day, with similar designs, you will not find much help in the Amazon descriptions. When you compare this book with The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the differences are not clear since the descriptions spend more time on the film than the book.. In the interests of helping you out I forced myself to buy both. It is actually fairly simple. This book is the catalog from an exhibition held at the Walt Disney Family Museum while the other is a systematic review of the making of the film. The focus of this book is on the art. I am happy to have both.
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While not the first animated feature in general, Snow White was the first of its kind, and this book shows it. Pieces of backgrounds, character designs, cels, pictures of rotoscoped film, and finished stills from the film have been lovingly preserved in this well-researched project of J.B. Kaufman's. It is a very interesting book, and for those studying animation, it is essential. You can see how the designs of characters transformed over artistic debate, and you can learn to distinguish styles of the animators. Definitely worth the time upon your next viewing of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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I enjoyed this book very much. However I wish there were more rare images. I've seen most of these pictures in other books. Still a nice book.
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This was published at the same time as a large Disney volume on Snow White. The other one is arranged more topically, this one more chronologically. I like this one better and don't miss the additional material. It delves into the animation process as well as development of the movie.
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From the time you hold this in your hands, the delicate-looking, ethereal, translucent quality of the drawing will... haunt you.

It's beautiful, with lots of rarely-seen (and I've seen a lot of these, concerning Snow White,) photos and drawings, and for the price you can find it for new, here on Amazon...

All I can really say is that if you're reading a review of this, therefore have at least a decently strong inclination to purchase it, do yourself a favor and order it already.

A fantastically rewarding purchase, and I haven't even read through all of the text yet.

This is a fitting testament to the timelessness and mastery that we all miss from Disney, as a whole.
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As an avid Disney geek and collector of original Disney art for over 30 years, I thought I knew everything about the making of Snow White. Well, I was wrong and this book by J.B. Kaufman has taught me a great deal. After some background information on the Snow White fairy tale, each chapter examines all of the scenes and sequences of the film and explains how they came to be and how some did not make the final cut. Beautiful art is depicted throughout the book, of course, but the real value in this volume is the incredible amount of research Mr. Kaufman has put into his work. If you're a true Disney geek; you must have this book.
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