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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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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.Read more ›
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.
There are a couple problems with the "Nine Old Men" myth. It has ignored other animators that also made significant contributions to Disney animation and in some cases more so. People like Norm Ferguson, Bill Tytla, Art Babbitt, Fred Moore, Ham Luske, David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen (just to name a few) are really the ones that laid the foundations for what Disney animation became. They dominated the studio all throughout the 1930's. True the nine old men came into the studio at that time, but most of them didn't come into their own until the production of Bambi. The former either moved into directing positions or left the studio. That's not to say that the nine old men don't deserve the celebration that they've received over the years. This was just a title that Walt gave to the directing animators in the early 1950s. However, soon after most of them started moving out of animation and into other arenas such as directing (in the case of Reitherman, Kimball, Larson (on and off), Lounsbery (in later years) and Clark) or Imagineering (Davis). Only Kahl, Thomas, Johnston remained consistent with animating their entire careers.Read more ›
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Excellent work and ranks at the top of Canemaker's vast collections of animation history.Published 7 months ago by Patricia Burnette
The seller mailed it to me the same day! I'd sent a message to the seller that it was a birthday surprise for our son who has autism - and who is obsessive about Walt Disney's... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by LindaB
The book was in great shape and my niece was so surprised I found it. I only wish the library name wasn't stamped all over it, however that didn't seem to dampen her excitement... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by James D. Pavluk
Walt Disney's Nine Old Men is the first book to take an in-depth look at the artists that shaped the Walt Disney Studios before and after Walt's passing. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by George H. Taylor Jr.
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. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Stop Motion Maniac