BOGNYT: “The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921–1968”

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It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
— Walt Disney

Taschen Verlag har netop udgivet et pragtværk af en bog, der kan trylle julelysene frem i alle Disney-elskeres øjne. “The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921–1968” er en XXL-bog, der måler flotte 41×30 cm, udgøres af 620 sider og indeholder 1500 billeder fra Disney-studiernes arkiver. Selvom bogens pris på 150 euro er voldsom, det er cirka 1200 kroner, så får man meget for pengene.

Bogen, der er første bind i en serie af bøger, der tager afsæt i Disneys film, er en af de mest velillustrerede af slagsen, der findes. Udover de nævnte 1500 billeder, er bogen spækket med essays, der er skrevet af førende Disney-eksperter. Denne første bog ser nærmere på The Golden Age of Animation, Disneys tidlige stumfilm, hans første spillefilm “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), og bogen rundes af med den sidste film, han arbejdede på inden sin død, “The Jungle Book” (1967).

Styrmanden på projektet er redaktøren Daniel Kothenschulte, der tidligere har stået bag Taschens fine bog om filmindustrien i 30’ernes Hollywood. Kothenschulte har samlet et hold af Disney-eksperter, der udgøres af Leonard Maltin, Dave Smith, Charles Solomon, J. B. Kaufman, Russell Merritt og Brian Sibley.

Forlaget skriver ydermere om denne udgivelse:

Each of the major animated features that were made during Walt’s lifetime—including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians—are given their own focus chapter, without forgetting less familiar gems such as the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies series and underappreciated episodic musical films such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time, all of which receive the same meticulous research and attention. Many unfinished projects, among them the proposed sequels to the legendary musical Fantasia or a homage to Davy Crockett by painter Thomas Hart Benton, are also highlighted with rarely seen artworks, many of them previously unpublished.

  • First volume of one of the most expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation.
  • Produced with the assistance of the Walt Disney Archives and Disney’s famous Animation Research Library.
  • Covers the Walt Disney journey from the era of silent films through to his final masterpiece The Jungle Book (1967).
  • Includes the first full-length feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the landmark artistic experiment Fantasia (1940), and beloved postwar classics such as Cinderella (1950), and Peter Pan (1953).
  • 1,500 illustrations and essays by eminent Disney experts.
  • Masterful cel setups provide highly detailed illustrations of famous film scenes.
  • Remarkable behind-the-scenes insight with excerpts from story conferences with Walt and his staff and rare pictures taken by Disney studio photographers.

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