TASCHEN, one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated art books, has recently published a new book that Disney fans will definitely want to ask Santa for this Christmas. The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 – 1968 is the latest book in the TASCHEN “Archives” series and it is a dazzler.
The book is massive: it’s over 620 pages and weighs a whopping 13.8 pounds. The book’s content is massive, too. It includes art and information about every Disney animated feature film made during Walt Disney’s lifetime–from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to 1967’s The Jungle Book–along with content from Disney’s short films, too.
The TASCHEN team, led by editor Daniel Kothenschulte, were given insider access to the Walt Disney Archives located on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California, along with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ renowned Animation Research Library, which houses animation, backgrounds, and maquettes from all of Disney’s animated films. What results is a meticously researched book that provides a unique view into the creative process at the Walt Disney Studios during Walt Disney’s lifetime.
The book also focuses on the collective effort by the remarkable team of animators, filmmakers, and designers employed at the Disney Studios. Some of the artists highlighted include Gustaf Tenggren, Mary Blair, Carl Barks, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Walt Peregoy, and Eyvind Earle, among others.
The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 – 1968 includes:
- 1,500 images including behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups of famous film scenes (images in the article are from the book)
- Images from lesser-known experimental short films, episodic music films, and unfinished projects
- Essays by eminent Disney experts, providing insight into the mind of Walt Disney, including Leonard Maltin, Dave Smith, Charles Solomon, J.B. Kaufman, and others
While it’s a bit on the pricey side (approx. $200), this gorgeous and informative TASCHEN art book is more than worth the price of admission. The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 – 1968 is now available from Amazon.com and other fine book retailers.
All images © Disney and TASCHEN