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Product Details

  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934110442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934110447
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,840,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This biography of the artist who mastered concepts of animated design for Disney, Warner Bros., and Dr. Seuss

---Provides the only in-depth study of one of the unsung masters of animation, Maurice Noble
---Offers an insider's account of the creation of Chuck Jones's masterpieces such as What's Opera, Doc? and How the Grinch Stole Christmas
---Explores Noble's extraordinary personal journey as a pioneer in the history of this fascinating art form
---Presents a wealth of previously unrevealed detail and facts, and provides great insight into the artist's unique philosophy regarding the creation of much-loved animated cartoons during the Golden Age of Animation
---Includes approximately 20 black-and-white pictures

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A biography of the artist who mastered concepts of animated design for Disney, Warner Bros., and Dr. Seuss

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Customer Reviews

Anyone with an interest in animation history and technique is well served by this book.
Alex Greychuck
When I had the opportunity to read in greater detail some unknown "gems" of information, it made my heart race back to the times I first enjoyed the medium.
Mr. John C. Fallon
Maurice is a fascinating character and Robert Mckinnon's book is well researched and full of interesting anecdotes from interviews with the artist.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Beiman on February 16, 2008
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The earlier reviewer has not read this book, or looked at the pictures. This is a biography of designer Maurice Noble, not a coffee table book of illustrations from Warner and Disney films. That aside, few artists deserve the "Art Of" treatment more than Maurice Noble, one of the finest graphic talents--in any medium--from the last century. This book should have a color illustration on every page.
The artwork (included in two small sections) was reproduced from originals donated by Noble himself and/or collectors, not screen grabs.
The problem is that the book is small in more ways than one; none of the layouts can be shown at actual size, so it is difficult to see the detail.
The book is well written and long overdue. Maybe we can now have a companion volume with full sized, color artwork. Noble deserves the same treatment as the latest 'blockbuster' that was highly influenced by his groundbreaking style.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marie Heck on March 20, 2008
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I had eagerly awaited Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble, because it brought back fond memories of my friendship with this versatile, remarkable man. I was not disappointed. I remember Maurice as a pleasant, down to earth man, humble and immaculate who surprised us as a gourmet cook and an accomplished piano and organ player. During the early 50's when Maurice was a sojourner in St. Louis, the rage for renovating kitchens was the snazzy Youngstown look--a stark, utilitarian style of metal cabinets and appliances. While my kitchen was being redecorated in this latest fashion, no coordinating backdrop had yet been selected. Maurice instinctively sensed artistic urgency and had the prescription. He took charge by saying, "Let me take care of this matter!" Maurice planned and oversaw the installation details that centered on the unusual and imaginative color scheme of purple and green wallpaper depicting flowers and grapes. These striking features wonderfully offset and enriched the plain white Deco equipment. An illusion of crawling vines encircling the room and meeting above the sink at a focal point was just what was needed. Everyone who saw this distinctive room expressed amazement. I guess you could say that we really stepped into the picture!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Laffel on February 7, 2008
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I loved this book! From the touching opening paragraph where we encounter the young Maurice Noble in 1917 creating a world of magic for his fellow elementary school schoolmates, through his rich, anecdote filled life in which he created some of the most lasting animation of our time, to his demise in 2001, this is a well researched, beautifully written tribute to one the screen's greats. (Full disclosure: the author ran some of his ideas past me as he was writing this, and I was happy to give some criticism, however, now that the book is in print and I have read it in full, had it failed to accomplish what it set out to do, I would never write a review of this kind. I am thrilled that a book I saw in bits and pieces has become such a fine finished product.) I am delighted that Bob McKinnon devoted himself to this effort, as we all knew about Chuck Jones and Walt Disney, but to learn about someone not as well known who helped create some of our memories, is a delight. Let me repeat myself; I loved this book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pugliese on June 12, 2012
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An extremely rare and fascinating inside look at one of the most revolutionary artists in the history of animation. This book really opened my eyes to the true genius of Maurice Noble's work, and gave me a much deeper appreciation for that unforgettable background art I've been admiring for years. His rich and previously untold story is an absolute must-have for any lover of animation. Very well-written and such a pleasure to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darrell G. Rooney on April 9, 2008
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Maurice Noble was a world class artist and designer and a wonderful friend. Its great to see such a comprehensive book on the life of someone who influenced so many contemporary artists.
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Stepping Into the Picture is a terrific read for anyone with even a passing interest in the golden age of animation. For someone like myself who enjoyed the Warner Brothers cartoons growing up, this book gave a very entertaining insider's look at how the films were made and the personalities and events that shaped them. Maurice is a fascinating character and Robert Mckinnon's book is well researched and full of interesting anecdotes from interviews with the artist. The next time I watch a Maurice Noble Warner or Disney feature I will have a much better appreciation of the artistry behind it because of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend Stepping Into the Picture.
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