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Disney Legend Wilfred Jackson: A Life in Animation Paperback – December 10, 2016
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This volume starts out with his early life and an in depth look at his career and all the Disney shorts and film sequences he directed in addition to what he did in major events in the studios' life (lots of footnotes on this section).
The Appendixes (which account for half of the book) are mostly primary sources from Jaxon himself. These include letters to his wife while on the set of Song Of The South, correspondence with historian Ross Care and a journal he kept in the 1940's and 50's, which mostly gives insight on production timelines on all the postwar features (the journal is reproduced as is and typed out). Also included are some photographs of Jaxon when he was younger and in the studio. The photostats of him posing as Chernobog as reference for animator Bill Tytla are also included.
Another remarkable thing about Jaxon from all accounts, is that he was detail oriented in his work and that also carried over into his interviews and correspondence in later years. It is said that this made him an exceptional and reliable interview subject. Many in depth interviews with Jaxon have been published in the Walt's People series and Working For Walt series.
So much has been said and written about the Disney animators over the years, but the directors have not been given as much coverage. Hopefully this will be a first of a series devoted to the directors.
Here's to more from Ross Care! An excellent achievement!