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Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules Hardcover – April 30, 1998

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Ten years after the first edition and six years since the second, Grant has again updated his mammoth illustrated guide to beloved Disney creations. Where the previous revision brought a new section on TV characters, the only substantial changes this time pertain to new Disney productions of the last few years. The ratio of information per page is high, particularly in the feature-film sectionAwhere credits are followed by a history of the production and the critical and popular response, a plot synopsis, and analysis of all significant characters. The organization of the short-films section (which includes no new entries since 1992) is more idiosyncratic, though the writing is still a delight and not without occasional criticism of the company. The TV section is, however, not up to par, even if it has doubled in size this time to 20 pages. The real disappointment is the flat, even muddy quality of the illustrations that are lavishly spread throughout the text. A peerless reference work for those countless film fans and figurine collectors, this is still an imperfect coffee-table companion. Because there is relatively little new material, libraries with a second edition in good condition could probably wait for the inevitable fourth.AEric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; 3 Sub edition (May 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786863366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786863365
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. C. Mitchell on May 16, 1998
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John Grant's "Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters" is, beyond doubt, the single most useful reference volume about Disney's animated films ever printed. The original edition, published in 1983, was phenomenally complete -- it seems Grant *saw* every Disney animation ever made, and listed them in two sections: "The Shorts" and "The Features." It was up-to-date for its time; the "Features" section ended at "The Great Mouse Detective," and information on what were then Disney's only animated TV series, "The Wuzzles" and "Gummi Bears," was included in the "Shorts" material.
The first revision, published in 1993, brought the "Features" section up to date as of the summer of 1992, including a short entry on "Aladdin," still in production when the book went to press. It also added a third section on Disney's animated TV series. Unfortunately, the new material showed signs of having been hastily assembled. The television section included more promotional art than still frames; information was duplicated between the "Shorts" and "TV" pages; and there were a few noticeable inaccuracies (most egregious of all, a picture of the malignant asylum keeper from "Beauty and the Beast" was inexplicably captioned, "The old witch whose curse condemns the vain Prince to become the Beast").
First Net-rumors of a new revision were heard in the summer of 1997. The new edition was finally officially announced, with a release date of "November 1997." Now, nearly six months later, the third edition is available. The errors have been rectified, and don't seem to have been replaced by new ones.
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By A Customer on September 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who ever had a longing for a complete, accurate, and all-encompassing critique of the treasure trove that is Disney animation, this is as good as it gets! From early, unheard-of black-and-white shorts to the latest animated programs and features, this anthology will enthrall readers/animation fans with its painstakingly exact analysis of every element of animation: the art, music, story, script, voice performances, characterizations, and basic dynamic of the film. In addition, the readers will find very well-researched analysis of other reviews of Disney's works and exactly where the given piece of work fits into the Disney cannon. One cannot possibly recommend this encyclopedia highly enough- it is DIVINE! Bravo for John Grant and his masterful evaluation of Disney animation. Those of us who have been lucky enough to discover this virtually sacred tome await with baited breath for the next installment, likely to be published in 2003.
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By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I find this book really fantastic. The true delight of this book, apart from great reviews of many Disney movies and their characters, is the fact that it contains tons of color pictures! Another great point is that one can find references to many different Disney short movies, many of which I did not have a chance to hear about before. I could only wish though that even more detail was given describing the characters of the films (i.e. include even more characters), and more photographs were included. For example, the description of the "Fun and fancy free" movie does not include any photographs of the "Bongo" section characters, and I thought this short section contained some really lovable bears that should have been represented. Another problem (although nothing major) is that some of the full length animated movies that were sequels to others are not included in their own category but reather in a small section "spin offs" of the first episode movie. Hence "Return of Jafar", etc. are not described in any great detail. But it is really great book, for once probably worth the price, since it is also considerably big book too. Enjoy the reading.
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One hallmark of Disney animation is its array of unforgettable characters. There have been so many of them over the years and more join the Disney family every year. In fact, some characters aren't even mentioned by name in the films that they appear in (i.e. Fantasia and incidental characters that appear in various cartoon shorts). This book is a valuable resource in cataloging all the characters from the short films and feature films going as far as identifying the names of the incidental characters.
The downsides are that some black and white stills from color films are used for some entries. This could be because some of the films (mostly short subjects and lesser known titles) weren't as accessible at the time of publication as they are today. The organization of the text can make it difficult in locating some names, but they are bold faced. Individual entries would have been better. The writing isn't the best, but does offer some good descriptions of each character. There are also a few errors in throughout that suggest that the author didn't watch many of the films.
Overall, this still is the best guide to the Disney characters that is out there and there seriously needs to be an updated edition to this book. It's been 18 years since the last.
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