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Art of Walt Disney Rev & Expanded Editionby Christopher Finch
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The Art of Walt Disney is one of Abrams' enduring classics. Thirty years and well over half a million copies after its first publication in 1973, it is still considered the definitive study of The Walt Disney Company's vast artistic achievements through the decades. The book tells the remarkable story of Walt Disney and the company he built, from Mickey Mouse to animated feature films to theme parks. Based on hundreds of interviews with Disney staff members past and present, the text is illustrated with more than 800 illustrations ranging from concept art to film stills to views of the theme-park attractions.
This revised and expanded edition covers all of the major projects since the 1995 edition, including the films Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and Home on the Range, as well as Disney's collaborations with Pixar: Toy Story I and II; Monsters, Inc. ; Finding Nemo (the highest-grossing animated film in history); and The Incredibles, due for release this year. The live-action films and Broadway productions are also covered, as well as the latest theme-park developments, including brand-new parks such as Tokyo DisneySea and Hong Kong Disneyland.
"Originally published in 1973, Finch's classic book on the artistic innovations of Walt Disney has been revised and expanded several times, and with each edition his definition of 'art' becomes more suspect. The book's original material, much of which Finch wisely retains, patiently records the art, inventions and shrewd enterprises of the studio's legendary early years, while offering a fascinating tutorial on the birth of animation. Seventy lavishly illustrated pages are devoted to the Mickey and Donald years, another 50 to the movies Snow White and Pinocchio. Walt Disney stars in these early chapters as an artistic Icarus whose prodigal budgets and 'quest for perfection' pushed his production teams to unprecedented heights. An unapologetic apologist, Finch is always there to defend Disney (whom he considers 'the ultimate auteur') against critics who have called him a 'backward-looking' artist and even 'an advocate of political authoritarianism.' Such biases aside, the book manages to tell a rousing tale of Disney's creative life-right up to his 1965 deathbed hallucination of the yet-unrealized Epcot Center. This new edition, however, also takes on Disney's posthumous life, when his ambitions outlive his quirky personality and are carried out by foot soldiers called 'imagineers.' The sundry innovations of Tim Burton, Pixar and two Broadway spinoffs may loosely qualify as the 'Art of Disney,' but so, too, according to Finch, do the corporation's war chest of 'toontowns,' movie rides and international theme parks. Boldly blurring the line between art and money, Finch's sprawling hagiography of the Magic Kingdom touches down for a perfect Hollywood ending: 'Perhaps the greatest achievement of Michael Eisner ...,' it concludes, 'has been to build a company in which no creative endeavor need be aborted for lack of available funding.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Thirty years after its first publication, this is still considered the definitive study of the Walt Disney Company's vast artistic achievements through the decades. This revised edition is expanded to cover all the major projects since the 1995 edition. 700 illustrations, 375 in full color.
Based on hundreds of interviews with Disney staff members past and present, this story of Walt Disney and his company's vast artistic achievements through the decades contains more than 800 illustrations ranging from concept art to film stills to views of the theme park attractions. 0-8109-4964-4$60.00 / Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
About the Author
Christopher Finch is a regular contributor to Architectural Digest and the author of more than 20 books, including The Art of the Lion King, Jim Henson: The Works, and Abrams' Norman Rockwell's America.
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