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Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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The whole product is nicely packaged. It is very interesting, but a more in-depth book about the nine old men or Disney animation will give you a lot more. This is more of a novelty gift that you place on a coffee table or the shelf for your guest to flip through. It gets boring very quickly. The price point is a little much for what you're getting.
If you know what's in this collection and that seems interesting to you then you will love seeing the flip books. I like the flip books, but I wish there was more about the nine old men, more about the studio that created these movies and I wish that it had more than just one action to flip through. For me it was just okay.
Clark (anybody seen the catalog for the Chiba exhibit? Or Canemaker's Nine Old Men?). How hard would it be to locate something new and fresh?
And, by the way, the reproduction quality of the Johnston drawings is inexcusable. Doesn't anyone at D23 care?
Maybe I'm alone, maybe I'm not. But the 'Thumper' flipbook (by Ollie Johnston) has quite a few pixelated drawings for a total of 7 frames. It's a bit distracting. It must be a print error, because the frames before it and after it look great. But these 7 frames are clearly digitally compressed, low-resolution JPEG images. I'll be contacting the publisher about the issue, maybe I just got unlucky. It's just a shame. The rest of the set is beautiful and I haven't noticed any issues with the rest.
Besides the flaw: These flip books are wonderful. They are fun to watch again and again. They picked some wonderful scenes of animation. It just leaves me wanted more, much! I could spend all day looking at flipbooks like these. I know this was a personal pet project of Pete Doctor, well he really did a great job, they came out wonderful.
The 45 page book / booklet that comes along with it is very nice too. It dedicates a few pages each to the Nine Old Men and gives a good insight into the animation process afterwards. There are some great sketches and drawings in this as well. This would be rated 5 stars if my copy wasn't flawed.
I'm a former Disney artist and animation history teacher. These were NOT Walt's original animators. His original animators worked with him on the "Alice" and "Oswald" series, and among them were Rudy Ising, Hugh Harmon, Friz Freleng, and Ub Iwerks (the only one who stuck around for Mickey after Universal took Oswald and the other animators away.) Grim Natwick was also there prior to the "nine old men."
The Nine Old Men came along in the thirties when the studio started to get famous because of Mickey, and weren't named that till after the strike of '41. Art Babbitt and Fred Moore influenced these guys, but Art didn't get along with Walt and Fred died relatively young in a car accident. Not to take anything away from these guys -- they made their own innovations and raised the bar considerably!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of Disney animation, especially the early works, you need this for your collection! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian
This set is everything I could have hoped for! They are so beautifully bound and packaged and a real tribute to the artists whose work is shown.Published 6 months ago by Discriminating Reader
This is an absolute treasure for anyone interested in the process of hand drawn animation.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a bargain at twice the price. Beautiful keepsake box, looks great on the shelf. Great heirloom to pass down to my daughter when she's old enough.Published 17 months ago by R. Welling
A as a collector - http://www.flippies.com - I know nice flip books when i see them and these are not only nostalgic, but a must for any collection.Published 21 months ago by Jeffrey Kay