“Animation”, 80 años de bocetos Disney


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Animation es un libro de 242 páginas salido en diciembre de 2009 en el que la gente de Disney presenta bocetos de peliculas y cortos de animación creados durante los últimos 80 años. Este libro forma parte de la colección The Archive Series y va acompañado de Story (storyboards originales). El enlace a Amazon de Animation.

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Sagebrush Sadie production drawing from the Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive series: Animation
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But once you start paging through “Animation” – especially if you’re an animator, an animation student, and/or just someone who loves animation – there’s no way that you’re not going to buy this new Disney Editions book. The artwork that’s assembled here really is that spectacular.

I mean, “Animation” takes you all the way back to Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit days. So that you can see Ub Iwerks’ strong draftsmanship predated “Steamboat Willie.”

Steamboat Willie production drawing the the latest book in the Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archives, Animation
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What’s really amazing about this book is that – as you move through the decades depicted here – you get to watch the artists that Walt had on staff rise to the challenges that the Ol’ Mousetro put before them. Be it a believable human figure (which – as you’ll see in the Ham Luske drawing below – was first attempted for the Studios’ 1934 Silly Symphony, “The Goddess of Spring”) …

A production drawing of the Goddess of Spring from Disney's Silly Symphony
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… Which – of course – was a vital stepping stone to an animated character that an audience could identify with, root for in 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Snow White, Prince Charming and his horse in a production drawing
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Looking at all of these drawings without color or paint, as just rough individual pieces of animation, you then begin to get a real understanding of how powerful, how truly magical this medium is.

Cinderella's magical transformation production drawing
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How a few quick lines with a pencil can reveal what a character is thinking or feeling.

Production drawing of Ariel leaning on a rock done for Disney's The  Little Mermaid
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The artwork that’s been assembled for “Animation” runs the gamut from exaggerated-for-comic-effect …

Madam Medusa drawing from The Rescuers

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… to sweet and sincere. The sort of stuff that just touches your heart.

Dumbo swings in his mother's trunk from Disney's movie  Dumbo
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I know that today’s review of “Animation,” the second volume in the Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive series isn’t exactly long on text. But neither is this 242 page hardcover. Which I’ve found myself paging through repeatedly over the past few weeks, just marveling at all of these great rough drawings of so many of my favorite Disney characters.

Mind you, if you’d to read a more text-heavy article here on JHM, come back tomorrow. When I’ll be posting a profile of Bruce Smith, the super-talented animator behind this fellow …

Dr Facilier, the vodoo doctor villain from The Princess and the Frog

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