- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: La Cineteca del Friuli (October 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8886155271
- ISBN-13: 978-8886155274
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,575,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series
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"... we could jump straight into the lavishly illustrated pages of this coffee-table book...each and every day!" -- Ramin Zahed, Animation Magazine, July 2007
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"Merritt and Kaufman's Silly Symphonies is a must-have reference for everyone, from Disney aficionados to aspiring animators, anyone interested in animation history. . . . the book is a necessity, a first-class piece of research." --Jerry Beck of Cartoonbrew.com
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Looking at it again, the strengths of this guide are the exhaustive technical details relating to each short in the series (production dates, release dates, video availability, exhaustive production credits) There are also production notes for each film. There's an appendix on Unproduced Silly Symphonies, music and books. The only things that could have made this edition better would be more illustrations, especially in the section on the unproduced Silly Symphonies and more details on story development of each film. Either way this volume is highly recommended for Disney enthusiasts.
Hopefully Kaufman will write about the Mickey Mouse shorts in the future.
This groundbreaking history sets out the importance of the Silly Symphonies as a laboratory of Disney's art. Usually this is seen in terms of technical achievement-- from the revolutionary marriage of animation and music in the charmingly crude Skeleton Dance, to the introduction of Technicolor in Flowers and Trees, to the sleek use of the multiplane camera for 3-D effects in The Old Mill. But the authors also make the case that it was crucial in the development of Disney's almost preternatural understanding of child psychology; long before Bambi struck toddlers with all the force of King Lear, shorts such as The Flying Mouse and The Ugly Duckling had already mined that territory.
A lengthy essay on the history and importance of the series is followed by an amazing film-by-film history which serves as a perfect companion for adults watching the series today; and the text is liberally illustrated with stills, posters, production drawings and more. This is likely stand for all time as the definitive work on one of the most important, yet neglected, series of films in cinema-- not just animation-- history.