Book Reviews

Book Review: "Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968"

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The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 - 1968 dropped in price from the list of $200.00 to in the $65.00 range this week on Amazon. That became too inexpensive not to purchase, and I wanted to write up a quick review. Weighing in at upwards of 15 pounds (according to Amazon, I didn't weigh it) it is a beast of a book as far as size and will want its own coffee table. The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 feels like a $200.00 book, not only in size but the scope of content on its over 600 pages. Here is a little about what you'll find within the pages - and even if the price raises back up over $100.00, it would still be a great price for a book that you'll want to reference for years to come.

Book Review: Disney Parks Presents: Pirates of the Caribbean

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Disney Parks Presents: Pirates of the Caribbean is a new book geared more toward children. This is probably the easiest review I've written, it's a very straightforward book. The lyrics to the famous song by X. Atencio are illustrated (beautifully by Mike Wall), with artwork looking very much like the attraction - and there is at least one hidden Mickey. A CD of the song also accompanies the book. If anything, you might have to explain to your kids what some of the lyrics mean, like "We extort, we pilfer, we filch and sack", but maybe you've already had that talk after riding the attraction. While I said the book was geared toward kids, I think it probably will have a strong adult interest if mostly for the CD inside. Disney Parks Presents: Pirates of the Caribbean is a handsomely presented book and a nice gift for any Pirates of the Caribbean attraction fan. The book has nothing to do with the films, i.e. - no Jack Sparrow, etc.





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Book Review: "Tale as Old As Time: The Art And Making of Beauty and the Beast" - Updated 2017 Version

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We received the updated book Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast to review. This updated version of the original 2010 book was released on January 31st, 2017, just in time for the new film - it includes a forward by Bill Condon (director of the live-action version), and new chapters that include both the 2017 movie as well as the New Fantasyland expansion to the Magic Kingdom that opened in 2012.

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Book Review: "The Art of Moana" is Highly Recommended for "Moana" Film Fans

Every time a new film from Walt Disney Animation Studios comes out, I look forward to picking up the newest "The Art of" book. From The Art of Zootopia to The Art of Tangled or The Art of Frozen and so many more, I'm guaranteed to always purchase the newest book of concept art from the latest film. And so I did with The Art of Moana, as soon as it lowered in price (the list is $40, the book has been changing price every day this past week, but less than list). The Art of Moana is probably my favorite of all "The Art of" books.

Book Review: "Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California To Shanghai"

I received Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California To Shanghai to review, it has been out already for over a month (it was a planned purchase for us). Reviews on it have been decidedly mixed in part because expectations were often different than the reality. I'd have expected park guidemaps if I'd not known otherwise ahead of time. This would be better titled as concept art of Disney maps through the years, from Disneyland to Shanghai Disneyland. There are also stories in this book  - it isn't just photographs - including the well known one about Walt telling Herb Ryman that he was going to put Walt's Disneyland vision to life over a couple of days. There are overview drawings of Disneyland park including Tomorrowland and Frontierland from 1954, a promotional art piece by Peter Ellenshaw from 1954, an Explorer's Map of Tom Sawyer Island from 1956 and more.

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