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Walt Disney: Cinderella (Walt Disney's Cinderella) Hardcover – August 28, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
These are not the final images as seen in Disney's film, but more expressionistic and primitive, freer, moodier, rougher, more startling. As art, they stand firmly on their own: extreme contrasts, dramatic compositions, surprising color combinations. (I think these pages would be fascinating to very young artists working with their own very free hands and their own exuberant experiments with color.) Blair's paintings capture and freeze moments of heightened feeling and thought and movement as only a brilliant artist can.
It's so interesting to play these images against those we have in memory from the film and to note how the concept paintings set the image and tone, but also how very powerful they are alone: a small square of bright sunlight warms the wall of a cold dark hallway where a young girl stands waiting--a lesson in mood, color, composition, and visual storytelling. And so is every page.
The storytelling itself is equally fine--a sublime, wise, rich, moving text by Cynthia Rylant. Beautiful unexpected turns of phrase surprise again and again. This is writing of the highest order. And it is perfectly IN place here--in this ageless work of art to which children and adults will return again and again.
"This is a book about Love.Read more ›
Here's how it describes when Cinderella meets the Prince at the ball: "How does a young man find his maiden? His heart leads him. He finds her in a room. He asks her to dance. And when he touches her, he knows."
The artwork is remarkable. Blair was Disney's best artist, known for her abstract interpretations that used white as their focal points. These paintings, each understated yet dramatic, represent some of her best work. I can't do them justice with words.
A good companion book, by the way, is The Art And Flair Of Mary Blair.
The text and the illustrations work so well together. It is truly unlike any version of Cinderella that I have read or watched. The illustrations are what prompted me to buy the book. Mary Blair is one of my favorite artists and this book has given me the opportunity to study some of her techniques. My daughter is too young to fully appreciate the mastery in the illustrations, but she is definitely picking up on the mood that they were intended to evoke. I'm amazed at how rich and full these illustrations are, even when using a minimal number of colors. I could gush on and on about how wonderful this book is!
Every detail of this book is beautiful. After writing this review, I'm looking forward to reading it to my daughter again very soon!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mary Blair's gorgeous artwork is on display here. Wonderful for a child or keepsake for an adult.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
got this for my baby girls first Christmas. The pictures are beautiful, as is the storyPublished 3 months ago by Frequent Shopper
Beautiful book, based upon love, romance, and our human need for companionship.Published 11 months ago by Bridget Egan
Beautiful book, lovely colours and soft drawings by the artist. Maybe if it was a little bigger, I would have given it 5 stars. Although great price and it makes a nice gift.Published 11 months ago by S.M.
A wonderful used book in great condition. Such beautiful illustrations and story telling. I love it! :)Published 21 months ago by Cristiann
I already knew the art of Mary Blair was beautiful, but when you receive the book, well packed and with a protective plastic cover, I could not help but be amazed at the impeccable... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Lionel Novaes Freitas
The best thing about this book is that it is full of concept art for Disney's CINDERELLA by Mary Blair. Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by M. Jackson
The full page presentations of these paintings are well worth the cost of this storybook. Get one copy for the kids to thrash now and another for them to relish in their later... Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by Jackson L.