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  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (12 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423117166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423117162
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 2.5 x 33.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 3:19 Mins
Such is the power of 'Animation', a huge book filled with sketches from the production of famous Disney films that it can capture the interest from those who thought animated films were expendable. This was certainly the case with my members of family - individuals that scorned on the films as lacking in originality. Its never worth arguing with such people unless you know you can actually convince them otherwise, and this product can thankfully do just that.

It is a timeline of learning, evolution and development from a 'studio' that originally employed less than 100 people, and operated in an old Dairy. These crude beginnings can be found here, shown in high detail with all the artefacts that were present on the animation paper. The drawings are simple, but importantly they demonstrate personality. Some say that Disney himself was the creative genius behind many of the productions during his lifetime, but I would argue his most important impact on the film industry was that he was willing to push people and encourage 'animators' into a territory that had, previously, never been taken seriously. Without the demand for perfection and learning that soon followed in this type of medium, there likely wouldn't be animated 'films' today.

The evolution that entailed is quite obvious as the drawings begin to look more and more confidently drawn, and the pencil lines become more effortless. As the book moves away from the Silly Symphony era into full-scale productions, techniques such as 'rotoscoping' (tracing live actors from film) become apparent and there is a wonderful sense of history about these particular frames.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:26 Mins
John Lasseter mentions in the introduction his first job in college was pulling animation sequences from "the morgue" - Disney's archive of animation artworks. Well, this book is filled with those animation boards from "the morgue". Specifically, these are boards before the clean up process -- before sketchy pencil lines are removed and colours, backgrounds added.

The second book in The Archive Series is still a huge thick hardcover with the boards printed gloriously big. Compared to the first volume, every artist is now properly credited to their work. There are a couple of fold-outs which are unnecessary because the art isn't printed across the fold anyway.

This book is primarily on the character art and animation. Artists and animators who want to give their characters life, make them act or emote, will gain a lot from this book. This is more so than the first book because here it features a lot of expressions. There's no mistaking how the characters feel or what they are doing just by looking at their expressions and poses.

For animation sequences, well, the boards included are actually a mixture of in-sequence and standalone. You'll probably be able to recognise the many memorable scenes, like how Dumbo swings from her mother's trunk (sweet!), when Pinnochio takes his first step or the spaghetti-eating-to-kissing scene (classic!) in The Lady and the Tramp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EpicDom on 18 April 2011
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At first I was disappointed that there was no writing what so ever to anchor the sketches. Literally none. It would've been nice to have had a bit of description or the artist's thoughts to go along side. However, the more I stared at the pages, the more intrigued I became. I'm an animation student and I've learnt about the principles of animation (Disney are after all pioneers) so it's nice to see how movements are predicted and how the in between frames reach the desired end pose. When examining the sketches I like to see where the character puts majority of their weight, or the progress of secondary animation (like Dumbo's ears for example). Moreover, it's a real relief to know that even the Disney team does rough sketches first and then a cleaner version. This can be seen from the faint circles that might be drawn in a blue pencil and also it's nice to see the use of line of action. The harder I look at the sketches, the more I can guess how they created the characters and how they drew each frame. It's still amazing though and staring at the frames still seems magical because I'm seeing the actual sketches to my favourite characters and films. If you have the money I would recommend this (the price isn't too much) if you're interested in looking at the rough sketches for Disney films. However, if you want to learn more about the principle of animations, maybe the Illusion of Life would be better suited. Even I shall purchase it when I can.
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By emyb on 13 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book's definitely for people who are interested in disney animation but the classic hand drawn animation not tangled or wreck it Ralph. The book has so many drawings from the famous films such as bambi learning to walk, Ariel singing part of your world and Walt Disney's favourite scene the transformation of Cinderellas dress, it's also got a short paragraph by the famous disney artist John Lasseter.
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