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Art of Walt Disney Paperback – September 1, 1999

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About the Author

Christopher Finch is the author of many books about art in America, including Chuck Close: Work, Chuck Close: Life, Norman Rockwell’s America, and Jim Henson: The Works.

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When it first appeared in 1973, Finch's massive tome immediately became the standard work on the history of the Disney studio. While revised as recently as 1995, so much has happened in animation since then that this further revision, brimming with full-color illustrations, is definitely in order. Most of the text covering the lengthy history of the studio, from Walt Disney's early silents to the introduction of Mickey Mouse to Snow White, the first U.S. feature-length cartoon, to the 1990s Disney animation renaissance, remains intact. Finch also details the company's moves into live-action films, television, and theme parks. New chapters cover such recent releases as Mulan and Lilo and Stitch, Broadway adaptations of Disney cartoon features, and, most significant, Pixar's digital-animation releases, such as Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., whose phenomenal popularity prompted Disney to phase out its traditional-animation unit. Although authorized, Finch's book accords each film balanced critical assessment. The initial edition is a library mainstay, but the renewed popularity of animation mandates replacing shelf-worn copies of it with this update. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Concise edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810927020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810927025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book gives good insight into the story of the Disney company. It was nice to hear an honest account of whether each movie was a success or failure with critics and audiences, though I feel some were a little shortchanged. A book of this size should have had a chapter (or at least a full page) dedicated to each movie. And while it is heavily illustrated, the text does not in any way rely on the pictures. I guess screen shots from the movies or brochure style pictures of the parks are "art" but based on the title I was expecting more unique in depth imagery like preproduction and concept art, storyboards, construction photos (from the parks).

If you have the older Concise edition of this book, then I don't think this one is necessary. So there are stills from a few more movies, but all the classics up to Fantasia 2000 are covered in the smaller book. Besides, the best of the new movies covered is Finding Nemo, and who doesn't have that on tape or DVD? Don't spend this much money on a few screen shots, just watch your movie. And I was particularly interested in seeing some of the new parks that weren't in the other book (California Adventure and Tokyo DisneySea) but alas they accounted for about 3 pages. Just a warning because the annoying shrink wrap prevents anyone from flipping through to decide based on the contents whether or not to fork over that much money (and the cover is so enticing...).

If you have never read anything about Disney this is a great place to start, but if you already have a collection of Disney books (especially this one's concise ed.) then this one doesn't have much more to offer. And if your true passion is in the theme parks, don't let this deceptive title make you believe that equal emphasis is given to the "Magic Kingdoms". There are way better (and cheaper) books on that subject that will give you much more insight.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is packed with photographs, drawings and artwork from Walt Disney's life and from the Walt Disney Company. In addition to the all the images, there is a lot of good information about Walt Disney and the Disney Company in the text. Even the cover of this book is well done and attractive. Anyone could feel proud to have this book sitting on his or her coffee table.
The book was well researched and contains a lot of historical information about Walt Disney and the Disney Company. In terms of information on Walt, it is not as complete as some of the biographies of Disney that I read. However, it is a very good overview of Disney's life and a good chronology of the Disney Company.
I appreciated the way that the artwork was coordinated with the text and well explained. There is artwork and photographs from Disney's very early days all the way through to the 1990s. The author did not seem to miss anything in this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the art of Walt Disney and the Disney Company and would like to know both a little better.
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I have all previous editions of this book. This edition continues the excellence of these prior editions with a new section on Pixar, new entries on recent animated features including "Tangled", plus updated theme park information. His summary of each movie is honest and informative. As usual, the illustrations are lavish in scope and quantity.
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Absolutely obsessed with this book! I'm a huge Disney fan and I have an annual pass to Disneyland. I thought about buying this book there but always decided that it would be too heavy to carry around and was pricey. Amazon's price was great so I bit the bullet and purchased it. Best purchase I've made. I get such joy out of this book and any Disney fan will too! It's a wonderful keepsake to pass on from generation to generation!
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There is a concise edition and a full 500 page edition. This one is the short version. I got the 500 page edition at the library and loved it. Thought the concise edition would be a close second but it is really pared down. Five stars for the full version of this book. It's just hard to love the short edition after having accessed the depth and length that was available in the classic, full version.
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I got this book for my daughter. This is her review: As a lover of anything and everything Disney, I was absolutely in love with this book as soon as I laid my eyes on it. It not only includes hundreds of pages of information, but also features many beautiful pictures from movies, concept art, and more. I could spend hours reading this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone who really loves Walt Disney's work.
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Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately all of the reviews presented on the main page are not of this 1942 book by Robert D. Feild, but of another book of the same title authored by Christopher Finch and first published in 1974. There is no connection between the manuscripts of the two books. This book was the first book-length look at the Disney studio, and it was printed before Pearl Harbor in the era of Bambi and Pinocchio. Alladin, The Rescuers, theme parks and Pixar? They were all far in the future.
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This book is overwhelmingly amazing. I wish they would have added more of Disney's earlier stuff like from Steamboat Willie and mostly focused on Disney's early drawings and how he came up with Mikey Mouse. BUT i am not disappointed with this book. It does give a little bit of everything from Disney which is what anyone wants :)
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