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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware The Current Edition..., November 16, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (Hardcover)
It's a great book loaded with pertinent information for animators. Still, this edition is a reprint of a COPY of the original, as the negatives for the artwork collected in the original edition were lost. Thus, the current edition has extremely poor color quality.
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Initial post: Apr 26, 2007 10:18:01 AM PDT
ARRRGH! How tragic! I literally read my first printing of this book until it fell apart. How sad to know that it can't be replaced. Thanks so much for the heads-up--you've saved me a whole lotta grief and anger.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2007 3:07:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2007 3:11:25 PM PDT
D. Dionysios says:
Which is the current edition? Is the 1995 edition ok to buy?

Thank you

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 12:51:13 PM PDT
I bought mine through Amazon and was lucky to get the 1981 edition. The paper is of high quality, and the images are very bright and very colorful. I am very happy with this edition. I personally would rate my copy a 9 out of 10 - almost perfect.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 5:27:05 PM PDT
Daddy Shawn says:
So what year did the copies start?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2009 3:20:24 PM PST
C. Plattner says:
Did you find out which edition is best? I found hyperion edition or disney edition being published the same year.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2010 1:26:33 PM PDT
microjoe says:
It is true, the 1981 1st edition is MUCH better. The 1981 first edition was not printed by Disney's Hyperion who makes the later version, but by the wonderful Abbeville Press, who back then used such high quality paper, ink and binding in their art books. I have a copy of the 1981 1st edition, because traded up from my later printed copy. I have to say that getting the chance to compare them side by side, there was a big difference in the image quality and the colors. For me it was worth the extra dollars. The 1st edition is ISBN 0896592332 and is sold by third party sellers with nice used copies, or sometimes new copies from storage at Amazon at Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 11:33:47 AM PST
Your post is interesting. I own the 1981 First Hyperion edition. The colors are good and the paper seems okay, but I can imagine that it could be better. (Thicker bond; perhaps more like art paper.) It is a great book. MY ISBN number is: 0786860707. I'd like to see the version done by Abbeville Press. Thanks for your posting.

Posted on May 4, 2013 11:30:41 PM PDT
uncler says:
so is the 1988 edition the best or the 1981???????? i want to know before i buy one

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2013 6:43:29 AM PDT
microjoe says:
In my case I owned a copy of each, which is why I stated that the 1981 1st edition was better than the later vision, see my comment above.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2013 4:50:56 PM PST
uncler says:
i found a copy The book is published by Abbeville Press. It a first edition/third printing and was copyrighted in 1981. is that good?
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