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The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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"It’s fair to call this the definitive study of Walt Disney’s landmark animated feature, not only because Kaufman, a meticulous film historian, has dug deeper (and longer) than anyone else into that history, but because he’s made connections few others have pursued: the origins of the fairy tale, the impact that the 1916 silent feature had on Walt Disney (even locating a photo of it star, Marguerite Clark, visiting Walt in the 1940s), the genesis of each sequence in the picture, the merchandising it generated, its continuing success in theatrical reissues, and the reuse of the Dwarfs in a handful of wartime short subjects." (Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian)
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the one that started it all, setting such a high bar that animated films today still struggle to match its creative and technical artistry. As this thoroughly researched book reveals, its success was no accident. No detail was too small to escape the scrutiny of Walt Disney and his staff. J.B. Kaufman provides a jackpot of information and stories about the amazing people who made this pioneering film." (Pete Docter, Academy Award-winning Director of Up and Monsters, Inc.)
"A tour de force of historical research and insightful writing about the making of one of the greatest films ever! The text of author J.B. Kaufman's gorgeously illustrated book is comprehensive, scholarly, and entertaining, filled with myriad details about Snow White, from folk tale to film and beyond." (John Canemaker, Academy Award-winning Director of The Moon and the Son)
About the Author
The Walt Disney Family Museum, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, opened in 2009 in San Francisco. Co-founded by Walt's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and grandson, Walter Miller, the museum celebrates the genius and spirit of Walt Disney, a risk-taker whose artistry, imagination and vision influenced popular culture through animated and live-action films, television programs, theme parks and new technologies. Walt's contributions live on today in the museum's exhibits and education programs, which share the fascinating story of the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global, distinctively American legacy.
Top Customer Reviews
We should all share his enthusiasm. The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is possibly the most welcome of all Disney Editions in recent years. With access to seemingly endless documentation, Kaufman was able to create a much-needed work: the go-to-book for the most written about and lauded animated feature.
Snow White was not one of my favorite Disney features growing up. Its clunkiness and overlong nature were too obvious, and I was swayed by the later features' slicker surfaces and broader comedy. Upon revisiting it several times on actual film, what resonated with me considerably more than the best acting scenes by Bill Tytla and Fred Moore was how convincingly the artists portrayed mood throughout the picture, specifically pure horror. All but a scant few pictures in this genre defy the classification of camp, but for a period of time Disney was able to get under people's skins and emotions like few other filmmakers.
There is a lingering problem in the text though, which I also noticed in South of the Border. Kaufman seems to be holding back, balancing positivity and negativity far too evenly.Read more ›
This book is huge, not to mention heavy! There's plenty of original art.
Everything is notated and the book even dis spells some Snow White rumors that
even the Disney studio had passed on as fact. A very impressive book!
An interesting section talks about how Walt wanted the color to be achieved. I this section are three frames that came from an original 1937 nitrate print, which shows that the cottage interiors were depicted as having a warm color temperature, unlike the DVD transfer today that seems to have taken that away. Walt wanted to avoid a "poster like" palette when making Snow White and the video releases have betrayed this intent. This is just one of the many interesting parts in this definitive book on Snow White.
Like all of Kaufman's books on Disney, there is a section in the back which includes the copyright information, release information, detailed production and technical credits. The educational wartime shorts featuring the dwarfs are also mentioned.
This book and it's companion piece is a must have for any Disney connoisseur.
Here's hoping for a book of this kind about Pinocchio.
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Awesome book. It is so beautiful, I have no words. A must for Disney and Snow collectors. She is everything!!Published 17 months ago by Roseann & Robert Pistella
This is the most reaserched accurate book I have found on the making of the animated film Snow White. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Charles E Gray
Any true Disney fanatic will fall in LOVE with this book! A must-buy! The pictures are gorgeous and the history just makes me appreciate the company and its work that much more.Published on June 14, 2013 by Amy Whitaker
The book details the making of Snow White from conception to reception. All of the main characters are given comprehensive coverage, as are the various scenes from the film. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Nick May
The book was exquisitely beautiful, and rather large. It would serve well as a coffee table book, as it is about that size and is also rather thick. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Erin Marisa