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The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Hardcover – October 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Walt Disney Family Foundation Press (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616284382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616284381
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 11.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the true landmarks of film history. JB Kaufman's book The Fairest One of All is by far the most complete telling yet of the making of this spectacular film, which paved the way for a medium and industry that has been healthy and vibrant for 75 years. Filled with phenomenal stories, details, and artwork, this book is a treasure equal to that of the movie itself. If you love Snow White, Disney, or animation, this book is a must-have." (John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios)

"It’s fair to call this the definitive study of Walt Disney’s landmark animated feature, not only because Kaufman, a meticulous film historian, has dug deeper (and longer) than anyone else into that history, but because he’s made connections few others have pursued: the origins of the fairy tale, the impact that the 1916 silent feature had on Walt Disney (even locating a photo of it star, Marguerite Clark, visiting Walt in the 1940s), the genesis of each sequence in the picture, the merchandising it generated, its continuing success in theatrical reissues, and the reuse of the Dwarfs in a handful of wartime short subjects." (Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian)

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the one that started it all, setting such a high bar that animated films today still struggle to match its creative and technical artistry. As this thoroughly researched book reveals, its success was no accident. No detail was too small to escape the scrutiny of Walt Disney and his staff. J.B. Kaufman provides a jackpot of information and stories about the amazing people who made this pioneering film." (Pete Docter, Academy Award-winning Director of Up and Monsters, Inc.)

"A tour de force of historical research and insightful writing about the making of one of the greatest films ever! The text of author J.B. Kaufman's gorgeously illustrated book is comprehensive, scholarly, and entertaining, filled with myriad details about Snow White, from folk tale to film and beyond." (John Canemaker, Academy Award-winning Director of The Moon and the Son)

About the Author

J.B. Kaufman is an author and film historian on the staff of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, and 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, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, opened in 2009 in San Francisco. Co-founded by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and grandson, Walter Miller, the museum celebrates the genius and spirit of Walt Disney, a risk-taker whose artistry, imagination and vision influenced popular culture through animated and live-action films, television programs, theme parks and new technologies. Walt’s contributions live on today in the museum’s exhibits and education programs, which share the fascinating story of the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global, distinctively American legacy.

More 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 coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of two essential reference works on Disney animation history: Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney (1992; 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: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series (2006). Kaufman was also a regular contributor to the Griffith Project at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the distinguished annual silent-film festival in Pordenone, Italy.

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She's a huge snow white fan.
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The story behind the art work for the film is great and the art work included is great!
Mary A. Ragusa
Any true Disney fanatic will fall in LOVE with this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Richard on November 6, 2012
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I received this stunner as a birthday present. Wow! I have been collecting books on the making of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" since 1987 and this is by far the best! It is elegant, from the cover to the end papers, to the tons of artwork and other photos included. Kaufman is a fantastic writer. His writing never feels forced or too flowery. The text flows smoothly throughout the comprehensive story. The book begins with the origins of the tale and continues to the present day. I was hoping for a list of credits and was overwhelmed when I saw credits for each section of the film! This is not only a lovely tribute to Walt Disney, his staff, and film making in general, it is also a gift to the film's legion of fans from generation to generation. It serves not only as the definitive history of the classic, but as an encyclopedia, an archive, an art book, and a thorough look back at a magical time in Hollywood. If you are a Disney fan, a Snow White fan, a fairy tale fan, a movie buff, or an avid reader, you can't go wrong here. Proudly display this in your library. I will treasure it forever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thad Komorowski on February 27, 2013
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I met J.B. Kaufman in 2009 at the Buffalo International Film Festival, where he was a special guest promoting his newly released South of the Border. From meeting him personally and reading his work, he strikes me as someone with an earnest appreciation of the medium's history and one of the few able to communicate it through his writing. He told me that while he enjoyed learning everything he did and found South a rewarding experience, he was far more thrilled to start working on his new book about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

We should all share his enthusiasm. The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is possibly the most welcome of all Disney Editions in recent years. With access to seemingly endless documentation, Kaufman was able to create a much-needed work: the go-to-book for the most written about and lauded animated feature.

Snow White was not one of my favorite Disney features growing up. Its clunkiness and overlong nature were too obvious, and I was swayed by the later features' slicker surfaces and broader comedy. Upon revisiting it several times on actual film, what resonated with me considerably more than the best acting scenes by Bill Tytla and Fred Moore was how convincingly the artists portrayed mood throughout the picture, specifically pure horror. All but a scant few pictures in this genre defy the classification of camp, but for a period of time Disney was able to get under people's skins and emotions like few other filmmakers.

There is a lingering problem in the text though, which I also noticed in South of the Border. Kaufman seems to be holding back, balancing positivity and negativity far too evenly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michaela santiago on January 7, 2013
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This book was really heavy and beautiful. Great coffee table book. I bought it as a christmas gift and my friend loved it. She's a huge snow white fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WCrandall on November 25, 2012
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Absolutely the most comprehensive book about the making of this land mark film.
This book is huge, not to mention heavy! There's plenty of original art.
Everything is notated and the book even dis spells some Snow White rumors that
even the Disney studio had passed on as fact. A very impressive book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Whitaker on June 14, 2013
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Any true Disney fanatic will fall in LOVE with this book! A must-buy! The pictures are gorgeous and the history just makes me appreciate the company and its work that much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick May on January 31, 2013
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The book details the making of Snow White from conception to reception. All of the main characters are given comprehensive coverage, as are the various scenes from the film. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2013
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What a fabulous, well illustrated, colorful tribute to the Disney classic. In the words of Disney - "a good show", tremendous depth, tons of pictures and very high quality book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Ragusa on January 3, 2013
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Snow White is 75! Had this autographed by the author in San Francisco at the Walt Disney Family Museum. The story behind the art work for the film is great and the art work included is great! It's an historical feature length animation that we love...
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