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Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 22, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (October 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786864966
  • ASIN: B00196UBGC
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During the 1930s, Walt Disney dubbed the most prolific animators at his studio "The Nine Old Men." This book is the story of each, their individual styles, the animated characters they created, their inspirations, and their dealings with their boss and each other. A chapter is devoted to each man, and in the end we view their collective impact upon the Disney studio. Lavishly produced, this oversized book is filled with rare and important reproductions of animation cells and candid pictures of the men and their associates, all printed on heavily coated paper to bring out the full luster and detail. Canemaker, an internationally recognized animator and animation historian as well as the director of the film animation program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, is the author of several other significant books on animation. His book will be of considerable interest to anyone concerned with the creative forces that shaped some of the most recognizable characters and sequences from Walt Disney Productions' most famous animated films. Highly recommended for any library. David M. Lisa, Wayne P.L., NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mr. Canemaker shares a lot of great anecdotes about the artists.
George H. Taylor Jr.
A wonderful tribute to the people who brought us the early beloved Disney animations.
Stop Motion Maniac
The book was in great shape and my niece was so surprised I found it.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By rhettwickham on November 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
John Canemaker has given readers the Disney animation book that's been missing for decades. Only it's the Readers Digest version. Canemaker is forced to compact nine amazing biographies into one book. Each of his nine subjects - the core group of gifted animators who defined the look and feel of Disney animation from the 1930's through the 1970's - is deserving of far more time and space than a single volume can deliver. Nevertheless, he's done an amazing job, and he introduces us to these men with the same careful critical objectivity he did in "Before the Animation Begins", Canemaker's marvelous 1996 book focusing on the great Disney visual development and story artists.
The author gives us the best un-fairy-dusted glimpse of the real day-to-day workings of Disney's shop since animator Jack Kinney's 1988 "Walt Disney And Assorted Other Characters" (admittedly limited in objectivity, but still enormously entertaining in its candor.) It's impossible not to feel the same admiration and passion as the author. Even in his harsher analysis of temperaments and turmoil the author is writing about the best of times among a group of very real artistic heroes who were such extraordinary people that you'd have treasured any time you could have spent in their company. Sadly, Canemaker only gets to brush on topics such as how the old generation influenced the new. Many of the current generation of Disney artists are interviewed for this book and they have a great deal of insight to contribute (both Andreas Dejas and John Lasseter in particular)and one wishes that the author had been afforded the luxury of a more critical analysis of the older generation's influence on this generation -- both by their presence and their absence; e.g.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. D Suggs on January 11, 2003
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So much has been written and said about several of these nine legendary Disney animators that I very much doubted a lot of new ground was going to be broken, especially in a Hyperion release, but Canemaker rises to the task here, and then some. I was most interested in artists like Les Clark and Johnny Lounsbery, who have received less attention than some of the others. Canemaker not only brings them vividly to life with meticulous research, but he also manages to bring new information and fresh insight to all nine of his fascinating subjects. No matter how well you thought you knew the Nine Old Men and their work, there's plenty here for you. This book reveals the lives and personalities of these men, analyzes their contributions extraordinarily well, and also their working and personal relationships with each other, and presents great new visual material from their lives in and away from the studio. The Kimball stuff is a special treat.
Who could have imagined that Marc Davis' early life was as interesting as his work? Or that Kimball and Kahl were even crazier than you thought (and even more brilliant)? Ot that the master, Frank Thomas, actually struggled with his draftsmanship? Canemaker captures the promise of each of these men's pre-Disney careers and the spark in the work that caught Walt's attention is always evident. He also captures the human quirks that played a tremendous role in the golden age of the studio and often found its way onto the screen as well.
Much of this information and all of Canemaker's excellent insight would not have come to light without his diligent effort and research, and the result is a well-written, revealing, tasteful, and very visual masterpiece.
PS We lost the great, one-and-only Ward Kimball recently...only Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas are still with us now. God bless you both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stop Motion Maniac on April 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite Canemaker titles. It's a large book with a little over 300 pages on thick paperstock and beautiful printing. I grew up with the Disney of 70's and also watched everything before so this book is especially nice because it contains the biographies and artwork of the nine animators responsible for those early Disney animations. In addition to wonderfully written text, you get photos of from each artist's life and many many images of the artwork. This could have been one of those hardback biographies printed on cheap paper, some grainy photos, and a middle section with maybe 6 pages of glossy artwork. Instead this is a gorgeous artbook in its own right. A wonderful tribute to the people who brought us the early beloved Disney animations. A must for the Disney library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Lujan on April 13, 2009
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A very nicely put together book. If you are into animation, this book is for you. Beautiful illustrations, there are some parts that drag a little bit. A good book for any person who wants to know how Disney put together their masterpeices.
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