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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big on content, low on boring text, 20 April 2009
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Mr. J. A. Fries "Independent Animator" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Story (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
This book was far better than I expected. It is chock full of high quality storyboard panels from many of Disney's films from the 1930s to present. There is very little text, which means that you get a much better look at the actual storyboards rather than squeezing small pictures between the same old animation boilerplate text: "it takes 24 frames per second, etc. etc. etc."

There are two things which detract from the book, in my opinion: I would like to see the names of the storyboard artists beside the pictures; and I would like to be able to see the entire storyboards for each film (though this would probably make ten volumes rather than one). Even so, I have no problem giving this 5 stars, because the overall quality of this book is very high.

This will be a book to which I shall refer constantly for a very long time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of storyboards than story, 3 July 2009
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Parka (Singapore) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Story (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
Length:: 0:17 Mins

The Archive Series: Story is a huge and thick hardcover book. Although the title has the word "story" in it, readers looking for the Disney storytelling process will be sorely disappointed. John Lasseter's foreword is pretty much all the text in the book.

This book is about storyboards.

Over hundreds of storyboard panels are included in the book, for movies and shorter episodes. Some of the titles include The Three Little Pigs, Snow White (1937), Dumbo (1941), Alice in Wonderland (1951), The Jungle Book (1967), Beauty and the Beast(1991) and a whole lot more, including lesser known ones. The latest one is the 2002 Lilo & Stitch. This book is an archive of storyboards created for traditional animation.

There are about 1 to 6 storyboards on each page. There are no captions although a few of them have scene descriptions and scribbles. This archive picks random storyboard sequences from each animation. Unfortunately, most of the storyboard sequences are not complete. Many times I have followed through interesting sequences only to be cut off with a new title on the next page. It's really a minor quibble given the hundreds of thousands of storyboards to choose for the book.

This whole book is an example of masterful application of storyboard techniques, like cutting scenes, composing, moving the (camera) view and stuff like that. But you must already know some basics to see them -- this is not an instructional book. There are also plenty of styles of art to look at. It's valuable resource for anyone into storyboards.

This is a highly quality book that's pretty much worth the money, but a more appropriate title would be "The Archive Series: Storyboards".

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 3 Nov 2010
This review is from: Story (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
If you are like me and love Disney's older work I think this book will be right up your street. This book is filled with old storyboard and conceptual images from Disney's old archives and they are shown in large scale on good quality paper. There is almost no text included in the book so it is more for those interested in looking at Disney art as opposed to reading about it. Personally I like it this way and would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Splendid!, 24 Nov 2010
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M. P. Hewitt "Muir" (Bradford, West Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Story (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
The book arrived quickly thank you Amazon for your usual prompt service! This is a magnificent beautifully illustrated coffee table volume a really great stocking filler for diehard Disney fans everywhere!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book, 14 Mar 2013
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love the book, but there is some rips on the cover which i hate. guess that's the reason for the price.
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