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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the three volumes, 14 Dec 2010
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Parka (Singapore) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
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Of the three books from The Archive Series, this is my favourite. It covers design or the concept art for animated films.

This 256-page hardcover is filled with beautiful character designs, background paintings and storyboards. There are Mary Blair's paintings, wonderful layouts from Hans Bacher, the Lilo and Stitch drawings from Chris Sanders, pastel colour scripts from Bolt animated films and more. The art here is way more colourful than the previous two volumes on Story and Animation.

There is work dating back to the 1920s up to the latest animated films like The Princess and the Frog, and even Tangled. You will be able to see how the art has evolved with time, and the various Disney artists that have worked there and some are still working there now. There are so many styles to look at, from pencil animated characters to watercolour scenes to oil paintings.

If you have other Disney art books, some pieces of work are actually repeated, but about one fifth of the them are published here for the first time. Even so, this is a wonderful collection to get. And if you have to get only one volume out of The Archive Series, I'll recommend this volume.

This is a beautiful and inspiring collection.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars far one of the best, 4 April 2014
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E. Selchau (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
This is a "BEST".
Huge heavy book with pleanty of great and colorful illustrations.
This is what every Disney fan library should contain, its like diving right into the Disney archives.
Its so well illustrated you actually cant contain it. (a very rare experience indeed)

VERY WELL, A must have.

Emil Sixh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving The Maigic, 23 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
A stunningly gorgeous book, full of beautiful art, that is great for inspiring and relaxing. Great to take a peek at Disney's Animataion Archive, he he!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, 16 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
Bought as a gift for someone who adores animation. It was much appreciated and I will consider adding the other two in the trilogy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveable book!, 13 April 2011
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T. Van Amersfoort "danielle" (holland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
I just recieved this book this week. And other than I got this one with dents and scratches, the book itself is totally amazing.

It is by far the best of all these three books!

I higly suggest you get one if your a fan of Disney.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical and inspiring book!, 1 Sep 2011
This review is from: Walt Disney Animation Studios - The Archive Series: Design (Walt Disney Animation Archives) (Hardcover)
When the book arrived to my house, I was a bit nervous to see what it would look like. I felt sick! My stomach was rumbling since I ordered it... I was only nervous because I was thinking "What IF it is a disappointment?". I was so excited for it to arrive that I actually started thinking bad things about it.

When it arrived and I opened the Amazon box it just lay there GLARING at me. It looked so unique, like it was alive!
As soon as I opened the book, it straight away showed me that the artists who made the concept art put so much love into all of their designs.

Some of my favourites pieces in the book were the Alice in Wonderland montages, the Cruella De Vil montage and The Little Mermaid "Ursula" designs.

I was actually quite surprised to find that it even contained art from Disney's recent film - "Tangled"

Once again, at the start of the book there is a wonderful introduction from John Lasseter (Animator, Director and the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios)

This book is a MUST for anyone - Especially for artists, as I want to be an animator when I'm older and this book can really help you with concept designs etc.
Even for people who don't like art in any shape or form, it's still incredible to see all the work and expression put into people's artwork!

5 STAR!

Note: My Amazon box did have a ripped out hole from the corner of it, but thankfully nothing was damaged.
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