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Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: An Art in Its Making Hardcover – September 23, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; 1st edition (September 23, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786861444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786861446
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To coincide with Snow White's home-video debut, Disney's book division has published this lavish celebration of the 1937 groundbreaker that verified that audiences would go for feature-length cartoons. Krause provides a critically incisive account of making the film, from its inception through its three years in production to its wildly enthusiastic reception by audiences and critics. Witkowski supplies a detailed, fairly technical explanation of the animation process as well as a guide to the preservation and handling of animation art designed to appeal to serious students of the genre. The heart of the volume is a retelling of the famous story scene-by-scene by means of cel reproductions, pencil drawings, and other production art. Libraries that already own Hollis and Sibley's Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & the Making of the Classic Film (1987) may find its slimmer treatment adequate; if choosing between the old and new books, however, its more sophisticated text and better selection and reproduction of artwork make Krause-Witkowski clearly superior. Gordon Flagg

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "disneychick" on January 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book offers a clear and concise introduction to the development of Walt Disney's first full-length animated feature. The book's use of stills, roughs, and concept art vividly illustrate much of the "magic" that goes into making an animated film. Not only that, but the book's incorporation of technical details provides enough "insider information" to appeal to those wanting to know more about the how of animation. In fact, I used the book's section on the multiplane camera to introduce the invention's importance to an introductory class in animation. It worked wonders!
Also nicely developed in the book is how Snow White set the production and narrative standards for the Disney's subsequent films. It's nice to see a coffee table book with substance!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Lennert on May 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I loved the artwork and descriptions of the animation process. (The display of the art is organized to also help explain the process.) Also "behind the scenes" recollections of how the movie was made as well as a discussion on how to conserve, and prepare for sale, animation artwork. This can be equally appreciated by those with serious or casual interest in animation art.
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This is a handy record of how Walt Disney achieved a major cinematic breakthrough at a time when cartoons were mostly 5-10 minute light two-dimensional visual displays without much in the way of story-line or efforts at verisimilitude. That said, I wish there were more in the way of connecting narrative to explain how each well-illustrated cell and story-board diagram fit into the Big Picture. As is, this is more of a notebook format, providing excellent visual aides to understanding the very complex and labor-intensive creative process underlying this pioneering animated epic. But for the price and diminutive size, it does have much to commend it.
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