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Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series: Walt Disneys Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks

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Media Type: Book
Type: Other
Release Date: 2013-01-08

Geek's Thoughts: The Archive Series from Walt Disney Animation Studios continues to look at the animation process. This time the focus is on Walts Nine Old Men and showcases a flip book by each. The box set consists of nine hard covered books and a soft cover booklet.

There is a hard cover book for each of the legendary animators, Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery, Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ward Kimball, Woolie Reitherman, Eric Larson, Milt Kahl, and Frank Thomas. Each flip book contains original line drawn art of classic scenes. For example Frank Thomas is the dinner scene from Lady and the Tramp.

There is a brief forty page soft covered booklet that accompanies the set that features a brief bio of each animator as well as some comments by a contemporary animator. The last section of the booklet discusses the animation process. Pete Doctor wrote the introduction as well as animation process piece.


I enjoyed flipping through this set. I am not an animator, nor have any real artistic ability, but I find the process really interesting and enjoy admiring their skills. The animation series as a whole gives you a look behind the curtain sort of speak at what it takes to bring these films to life. As with all the books of the archive series the quality of the pieces selected and presentation are great. I would have liked to have had a little more substance in the overall description book, since I always seem to want more! Maybe a more in depth look at what was selected and key features for those of us with an untrained eye. The books will make a great addition to any aspiring animators or animation buffs library.

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