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  • Series: Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; 1St Edition edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423134206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423134206
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:24 Mins
Of the three books from The Archive Series, this is my favourite. It covers design or the concept art for animated films.

This 256-page hardcover is filled with beautiful character designs, background paintings and storyboards. There are Mary Blair's paintings, wonderful layouts from Hans Bacher, the Lilo and Stitch drawings from Chris Sanders, pastel colour scripts from Bolt animated films and more. The art here is way more colourful than the previous two volumes on Story and Animation.

There is work dating back to the 1920s up to the latest animated films like The Princess and the Frog, and even Tangled. You will be able to see how the art has evolved with time, and the various Disney artists that have worked there and some are still working there now. There are so many styles to look at, from pencil animated characters to watercolour scenes to oil paintings.

If you have other Disney art books, some pieces of work are actually repeated, but about one fifth of the them are published here for the first time. Even so, this is a wonderful collection to get. And if you have to get only one volume out of The Archive Series, I'll recommend this volume.

This is a beautiful and inspiring collection.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By Kermit on November 27, 2010
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The Walt Disney Archive Series has already set the bar quite high with the first two entries in this series - Story and Animation. However, the release of Design sets new levels when it comes to quality, content and presentation. This book is packed with beautiful preproduction and design art that includes watercolors, drawings, sketches, color studies, and digital paintings. Some of Eyvind Earle's paintings for Sleeping Beauty are included as well as Chris Sander's storybook inspirational art for Lilo and Stitch. There are character design sketches for the Beast and Gaston by Glen Keane and Andreas Deja. There's several pages covering the Black Cauldron which features two inspirational paintings by James Coleman as well as character sketches by Tim Burton, and there's much, much more. Though I've collected most of the "art of" books from Disney, I haven't seen many of the works displayed in this book.

While the first two books were amazing, what's great about Design is that in most of the artwork, all of the elements of character, color, design and background are coming together. It's almost like flipping through a lavishly illustrated children's book of many different styles and viewpoints. One could frame much of the work shown in this book and be quite pleased with them hanging on your wall. It really is a terrific book.
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I love this book, everything about it is wonderful it is a must have but don't buy it from amazon.com. Mine arrived in an oversized box with no internal packaging and so was wonderfully damaged. If this was a one off event or if it were an accident I could forgive them but this is just laziness and it is most definitely NOT the first time they have pulled a stunt like this. Buy this book and love every page but order it from your local book store so you can pick it up and have an undamaged one.
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This book has absolutely wonderful content, but the interior seems of inferior printing craftsmanship than the previous two editions. I realize some people think that's just a subjective impression, but I think anyone who buys, collects, handles, or prints books knows the difference. I wouldn't let that stop me from purchasing this book, however, because the cover is just as nice, and the content, as I already mentioned, is wonderful.
Part of what makes this series great is the attempt at minimizing overlapping material from other books. Yes, about half of the material can be had in other books, but those are usually pieces that are so associated with certain films that a book would almost seem incomplete with out them. But just being able to view the "new" material would be worth the price of the book. There are Snow White concept images that I've never ever seen before, as well as other surprises that will delight the Disney art fan.
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Disney Animation behind the scenes from the early days and beyond. Great book that provides a wealth of details on the fundamental creation and design process of some of the most compelling Disney Animation productions. This is an very large format book and that's a HUGE asset! So much to see so the presentation in such a large book format makes it all the better. Beautiful colors, interesting anecdotes, process details, drafts, final art, etc. Both the many color and tonal / black-and-white sections are clear and compelling. Nothing really bad to say about this volume. If you enjoy behind-the-scenes stuff and beautiful art pieces and great design details about all-things-Disney past present and future, then this is your book! An inspirational and "today-relevant" classic.
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This title is the longest of the three at 288 pages, and all the other aspects are the same: no table of contents, short introduction, and many many large format pictures beautifully reproduced.

This is a particularly nice title as it contains more color than the other two, Story and Animation. It was a real treat to see some of Mary Blair's work in addition to many other phenomenal artists. This title contained a lot more landscape work in addition to character.

This is the latest title in the Archive series and I highly recommend buying all three. I'm looking forward to the 4th title to be released, Layout and Background. I'm not sure how many will be released for the series, but these are keepers to be treasured for a lifetime.
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