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The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 Hardcover – October 15, 2016
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About the Author
The editor and author:
Daniel Kothenschulte has written books and numerous articles about film history and visual culture. Beside heading the film department of Frankfurter Rundschau since 2001 he is a devoted silent movie pianist.
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Each chapter starts with complete staff credits and who voices which character followed by frame grabs from the respective feature, taken from what I presume are current digital restorations. (The frame grabs for Song of the South may be our only glimpse at the film in a fully restored state). Most of the images are of concept art and story sketches, several of which have not been published before (the selling point for me).
This is probably one of the biggest and heaviest Disney art books I've handled. Close to the dimensions of the animation art books by Pierre Lambert. I highly recommend this for any Disney enthusiast; Don't let the price scare you away, it is definitely worth it.
And according to the author, this is only volume one!
I knocked off 2 stars due to poor binding. Groups of pages are GLUED into the spine. I had to be very careful reading the book so that pages do not start falling out. An expensive HEAVY/LARGE book should not have glued binding. It will not last multiple readings without the pages falling out. I see that this is an issue with Taschen's James Bond Archives (Spectre Edition book). The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (hardcover box set) is not published by Taschen but has binding problems due to pages being glued (please search and see reviews). I hope Taschen makes Walt Disney Film Archives Vol. 2 (if they publish it) into sewn bindings.
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