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on 9 October 2011
This book is simply stunning. It has facts on production of every full length Disney and Pixar feature to date what's more it's simply overflowing with artwork, printed on quality paper that's often spread out over one or two pages. This HUGE book is the definitive collectors item for any disney/pixar fan. Offcourse a book spanning every film will not go as in-depth as the individual art books do but like I said in the description: If you intend on buying just one artbook on Disney/Pixar, this is the one to get! With its high quality textile cover and hard plastic sleeve this is sure to become a collectors item when it goes out of print (until a future update appears)
btw I own the previous edition and do not regret buying this update, thats how much I like it
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on 18 January 2014
Ordered for my daughter and friends to present to another artist friend for her 18th birthday. Quality of book superb, delivery fantastic, very quick and efficient. This book is well worth purchasing if you want to see how the cartoons were put together, love Walt Disney films, or just want to marvel at how good the animators are.

Certainly a book to treasure and dip into when you feel like it, plus a lot cheaper on Amazon than in the shops.
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on 9 April 2014
If you love the art of animation and especially the art of Mr Walt Disney Then this is definetly for you.
Great book with lots of pictures and a great deal of detailed information.
Updated to include the Pixar era.
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Where do you start when looking for Disney books?

I gave up asking the girl in Waterstones, as I was guided to several different locations in the store, thus also tempting me to buy an expensive but delicious drink from the inner-Starbucks. It was quite fitting then that this book was found in a charity shop days later for pennies, when I could have struggled to pick from all manner of different genre's.

The author of this book, Christopher Finch, is a (apparent) renown researcher in cinema history, thus making him the appropriate person to bring back to life Walt Disneys upbringing, rise to work, and the inevitable rise to fame. These earlier sections of the book are some of the more interesting, when Finch has to be less objectionable about what he thinks, and deliver the facts plain and simple. With the facts in mind, it's obvious that Walt was always going to succeed no matter where his career ended up.

After this brief history, Finch then moves into film territory, where he uses his own analyses to present each film as both an art-form and a product. Because of the original age of this book (1975), it inevitably ends before some of the companies more vast changes, but what we do witness is how the animations went from emotional pieces of art-form to more economical, conventional pieces of work that didn't stretch the budget too much. Fashion also played a part in animation techniques, as we witness how drawing styles moved into less tight territory. It was the sign of no primarily tight budgets and fashion, but proof that Disney had already changed the history of filmmaking with little left to prove.

The book is often flawed however when Finch approaches the subject convention's in filming methods. In many cases, the technicality of an animation supersedes it's story and arrangement, leaving him troubled as to whether he admires the film for it's innovation, or as a visual experience. One such example is "Fantasia", where perhaps the book shows some of it's age. Like many critics from years before him, he still describes the film as containing many flaws, and only values it's ambitious production rather than the now appreciated brilliance of synesthesia (matching colour to sound), and truly painstaking artwork. Of course, attitudes have changed since 1975, and Fantasia now firmly regarded as Disneys masterpiece after Pinocchio, which highlights just how Finch, like many critics of the time, were still grasping onto the more old fashioned conventions of how a film should be.

His arguments for character roles also extend into more questionable territory, though in this case his thoughts are more realistic. When talking of Pinocchio, although he agrees it's Disney finest film (which is widely renown), he contradicts these summaries with assumptions of characters either being vital or completely un-important. With better evidence to back up his assumptions, the read would be a lot more satisfying as a contextual analysis, but if you only want to understand the facts, then you could quite easily wash away his thoughts.

Another problem you could say is the quantity of his analysis, being rather unbalanced or perhaps even biased to Disney's first handful of films. Finch describes the first 3 films (Snow White, Pinocchio and Fantasia) in great detail, but after this the latter films are only summarized in mere sentences, which suggests his stronger affection for the earlier films. Although I don't doubt that notion myself, it's still highly unbalanced when each film deserves equal analysis.

The book contains a huge array of high quality original cel prints and fold out pictures that show story boards, sketches, and of course photographs. In my own time, I like to have a shot at copying them with my paint sets, giving the book more of a general purpose than a bedside read!

You'll note I said to be aware of the different editions. I currently own the original First print which is from 1975, but I've noted that at least further 2 - one from the 1980's and one from 1999, are also in circulation. The obvious difference between them is how much reference has been added to further update the book to that point, so I very strongly recommend asking what Copyright your copy will be (if buying) to see if you're getting the best value. To make matters worse, the covers all like virtually alike!

Summing up, this is a highly researched book that deserves praise in it's no-nonsense approach to the vast world of Disneyfication, but perhaps just lacks in balance. Never the less, due to it's age, I'd consider it a bargain when it simply does what it say's on the tin.

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on 29 July 2015
Fabulous book bought as a birthday present.
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on 4 April 2016
Very interesting book. Good for the price
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on 3 March 2016
Great item. Great service
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on 23 March 2013
I was a bit hesitant to by this book, for one it was pricey and international shipping is even expensive specially the weight of the book made it more expensive to ship, but once you get the book its worth every penny you have paid. I have started reading a few pages, and the information it has it just outclass. It seems I have hit a jackpot. Excellent paper quality, and print. Lots of Disney illustrations you cannot find else where. The content is also well written. Any one who is an art fan or even who is a Disney fan this is must have book to be added in the collection.
A thick fat book!
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on 12 December 2013
Fantastic book with so much information inside. Won't let my little boy look at this on his own though which winds him up!! Must be popular as i keep getting offers to sell mine back!!
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on 9 February 2012
the amazing world of Walt Disney unveils in front of you with unique pictures describing the process that was followed for each Disney and Pixar movie to be happen!!
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