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Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks Hardcover – January 8, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423151054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423151050
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Worth on January 11, 2013
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The packaging on this set is very nice, with fancy binding and classy printing. But as flipbooks, it leaves a bit to be desired. First of all, the binding of the flipbooks makes it very hard to get the pages to flip down flat and the gloss on the paper makes it hard to see the tiny little lines. A few of the scenes are great, but a lot of them are very subtle actions which are great animation, but don't lend themselves to a flipbook. These are also cleanups, so the lines are very thin and tight. I would have preferred drawings that showed the hand of the animator more, not just the assistants. The most baffling thing about this set though is why they only printed on one side of each page. They could have easily put two scenes in each book. It's worth the price because it's very fancy, but I wish they had made it a little less fancy and made better books for flipping.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni2 on January 9, 2013
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The flip book idea is great. And, to be fair, the art selected for the Kimball book hasn't been previously published --- unfortunately the same can't be said for the drawings used in the rest of the books. Why is it that Pierre Lambert and Christian Renaut find ways of filling their books with absolutely breathtaking, never before seen Disney art while homegrown authors keep using the same old drawings over and over again? If we want Thomas' scene we can go to any of four other previously published animation books. Same goes for Kahl, Lounsbery, Davis, Reitherman or
Clark (anybody seen the catalog for the Chiba exhibit? Or Canemaker's Nine Old Men?). How hard would it be to locate something new and fresh?
And, by the way, the reproduction quality of the Johnston drawings is inexcusable. Doesn't anyone at D23 care?
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lee Crowe on March 4, 2013
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Hi -- Haven't bought it yet, but definitely will, but must correct the copy.

I'm a former Disney artist and animation history teacher. These were NOT Walt's original animators. His original animators worked with him on the "Alice" and "Oswald" series, and among them were Rudy Ising, Hugh Harmon, Friz Freleng, and Ub Iwerks (the only one who stuck around for Mickey after Universal took Oswald and the other animators away.) Grim Natwick was also there prior to the "nine old men."

The Nine Old Men came along in the thirties when the studio started to get famous because of Mickey, and weren't named that till after the strike of '41. Art Babbitt and Fred Moore influenced these guys, but Art didn't get along with Walt and Fred died relatively young in a car accident. Not to take anything away from these guys -- they made their own innovations and raised the bar considerably!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Thoms on November 15, 2013
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When people say you'll be disappointed you will be disappointed, but not if you know what you're getting. You get nine hard cover books of a character one of the nine old men were famous for animating. The book flips through one single action of that character(s). Some of the movements they chose do not look great when flipped through. Others are very good and interesting. There are about 150 pages to flip through with each book so you get some pretty good movement. Then there is a small 43 page paperback book that gives you a short history of each animator and the animation process.
The whole product is nicely packaged. It is very interesting, but a more in-depth book about the nine old men or Disney animation will give you a lot more. This is more of a novelty gift that you place on a coffee table or the shelf for your guest to flip through. It gets boring very quickly. The price point is a little much for what you're getting.
If you know what's in this collection and that seems interesting to you then you will love seeing the flip books. I like the flip books, but I wish there was more about the nine old men, more about the studio that created these movies and I wish that it had more than just one action to flip through. For me it was just okay.
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I love the entire idea behind this concept. I pre-ordered this set the moment it was available. But my set has a flaw!

Maybe I'm alone, maybe I'm not. But the 'Thumper' flipbook (by Ollie Johnston) has quite a few pixelated drawings for a total of 7 frames. It's a bit distracting. It must be a print error, because the frames before it and after it look great. But these 7 frames are clearly digitally compressed, low-resolution JPEG images. I'll be contacting the publisher about the issue, maybe I just got unlucky. It's just a shame. The rest of the set is beautiful and I haven't noticed any issues with the rest.

Besides the flaw: These flip books are wonderful. They are fun to watch again and again. They picked some wonderful scenes of animation. It just leaves me wanted more, much! I could spend all day looking at flipbooks like these. I know this was a personal pet project of Pete Doctor, well he really did a great job, they came out wonderful.

The 45 page book / booklet that comes along with it is very nice too. It dedicates a few pages each to the Nine Old Men and gives a good insight into the animation process afterwards. There are some great sketches and drawings in this as well. This would be rated 5 stars if my copy wasn't flawed.
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