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  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423117166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423117162
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 15, 2010
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John Lasseter mentions in the introduction his first job in college was pulling animation sequences from "the morgue" - Disney's archive of animation artworks. Well, this book is filled with those animation boards from "the morgue". Specifically, these are boards before the clean up process -- before sketchy pencil lines are removed and colours, backgrounds added.

The second book in The Archive Series is still a huge thick hardcover with the boards printed gloriously big. Compared to the first volume, every artist is now properly credited to their work. There are a couple of fold-outs which are unnecessary because the art isn't printed across the fold anyway.

This book is primarily on the character art and animation. Artists and animators who want to give their characters life, make them act or emote, will gain a lot from this book. This is more so than the first book because here it features a lot of expressions. There's no mistaking how the characters feel or what they are doing just by looking at their expressions and poses.

For animation sequences, well, the boards included are actually a mixture of in-sequence and standalone. You'll probably be able to recognise the many memorable scenes, like how Dumbo swings from her mother's trunk (sweet!), when Pinnochio takes his first step or the spaghetti-eating-to-kissing scene (classic!) in The Lady and the Tramp.
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Fantastic,

This is one great book! This book is front to back animation drawings with a small intro by John Lassiter. There are animation drawings from Steamboat Willie to the Princess and the Frog. Seeing these drawings before the clean up proccess gives you an appreciation and insight of the artist from the past to the present. The book is a good companion piece to the Disney treasures book done by John Canemaker years ago. Animation fans of all types cannot help but be inpressed and inspired by the artistry of the Disney animators past and present. This book gets my highest recommendation!!
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Probably my favorite in the 4 book series. Layouts and Backgrounds is a close second. It's always great to see the original drawings to remind us that these characters only lived on paper and cels. I'd love to see Disney expand this book to cover just the films from each decade. There's plenty of fantastic material in the Disney archives to fill up an encyclopedia's worth of editions. My painting teachers used to disregard animation as an art-form, but this book proves them wrong. The technique, draftsmanship, line quality is outstanding.
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This title in the series is slightly fewer pages (262, I believe Story is 272), but all the other physical aspects are the same.

In this title we get to see many many frame by frame sequences of some of our favorite Disney animations. In particular, the Peter Pan sequences were particularly nice as Disney has not released an official Art of... book for this animation.

Like Story, this title has no table of contents and has a short introduction, but no other text. The art really shines as this is a large format book, and in many instances there is one piece of artwork per page.

I love this Archive Series and I recommend collecting them now before they go out of print.

Highly recommended.
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I have every single one of the Archive Series books... this is my favorite... such magic, so much priceless information contained withing these drawings and images. Fantastic book for any fan or Animator.
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I have bought many Disney books since the early 70's are there are a few that are truly great, such as Illusion of Life. Last year the first book in the Archives Series came out with the theme of "Story" and it too was a great book. The second book in the series, "Animation", is not just great but magical.

The book consists of animation drawings with no backgrounds and minimum text. Think of a museum experience without wearing a listening device telling you what you are seeing. Take a really close look at Jiminy Cricket by Ward Kimball. Just shadings and pencil marks. Then start pulling away and the illusion of life happens right before your eyes. Glen Keane's beast is a swirl of pencil markings that transform into the prince. You can feel Scar's movements, Alice's wishing thoughts and Dr. Facilier's plotting thoughts.

If your not convinced, find a copy of this book in a store and leaf through the pages. I hope that you have a similar or even more magical experience. If you love animation, this purchase is a no-brainer. Thank you John Lasseter and all the artists collected in this volume.
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My wife has been a lifelong lover of Disney animation. When she was a kid she wanted to be a Disney animator. We have two kids and so she has had to put that dream on hold - but when she opened her birthday presents and saw this was among them in addition to many other Disney books, she started crying. She thinks this book is absolutely beautiful and really allows her to read and become a part of all that Disney animation she has loved for so long. I thoroughly recommend this if you are or have a Disney lover in your life.
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