Book Reviews

Book Review: Walt Disney's Nine More Old Men: The Flipbooks

Hi everyone!

We received Walt Disney Animation Studios Walt Disney's Nine More Old Men: The Flipbooks to review. This set of flip books came out in October. I had purchased the original Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks a few years ago, so I knew what to expect. Nine flip books are inside the box, which makes a really nice gift set for anyone interested in traditional hand drawn Disney animation. Ub Iwerks, Norm Ferguson, Billl Tytla, Ham Luske, Art Babbitt, Grim Gatwick, Freddie Moore, Hal King, and John Sibley are the animators featured, one per book.

There is a small booklet by Pete Docter that showcases the Nine More Old Men. It begins by saying that there was a downside to Walt Disney naming Nine Old Men in that other animators then went more unrecognized. Four of the nine in this book were easy to choose, in that they influenced animation in a way that many others didn't. Those are Norm Ferguson, Ham Luske, Freddie Moore and Bill Tytla. Animator Ollie Johnston called them the "four gods". The small booklet features biographies of each of the animators. And even though the pages are small, there are quite a lot of interesting anecdotes about the animators between the pages.
The books themselves are nicely presented within the box, each includes the name of one of the nine animators. There is an animator photo on one side and the character being flipped through on the other. The Ub Iwerks book features Mickey. Freddie Moore has a different Mickey "scene" and Art Babbit's book includes Goofy. The sketches were meant to be guides for tracing onto cels, and not for individual viewing. As they are flipped, the sketches come to life.
Many of the notes from the sketches have been removed for cleaner viewing. There still are some of the notes left. Seeing each drawing in a set like this makes me appreciate the work that goes into hand drawn animation, each a small work of art.
This article features affiliate links.
Comment (0) Hits: 241

Book Review: "The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway"

Hi everyone!

We received the book The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway to review. The book is by Julie Taymor, who famously took on direction of the new show 20 years ago, becoming the first woman to win a Tony for best musical. What I didn't realize upon receipt was that this isn't a new book. Jeff has the 1998 version, which seems to be almost the same except for the foreward and the quality of the book. There could be some other differences, but overall it is very similar.

Book Review: "The Lion King (Celebrating The Lion King's 20th Anniversary on Broadway): Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World"

Hi everyone!

We received The Lion King (Celebrating The Lion King's 20th Anniversary on Broadway): Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World to review. The Lion King on Broadway celebrated 20 years in 2017, and is  Broadway's highest earning production of all time - at over 1 billion dollars. The book itself has been out for just over a month, I also reviewed The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway today that celebrates this longtime beloved Broadway show.

Book Review: "The Art of Coco" is a Great Companion Piece to the Upcoming Disney-Pixar Film

Hi everyone!

The Art of Coco by Chronicle Books released a few weeks back, and we received our review copy yesterday. Disney-Pixar's Coco will bow in theaters on November 22nd, and I have been looking forward to the film for months - and the book as well. The world of Coco is a vibrant one, and The Art of Coco features the colors of it beautifully. The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that Disney introduced me to many years ago at Disneyland. And this year, with the newest Disney-Pixar animated film coming up, there have been celebrations and displays around the Disney parks. The book is another way to learn more about a holiday I personally didn't grow up with, and to celebrate a film that has received rave reviews so far.

Book Review: "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" Read-Along Storybook And CD

Hi everyone!

We received Olaf's Frozen Adventure Read-Along Storybook and CD to review. This is the third storybook with CD I have reviewed in the past couple of weeks, the others were the Disney-Pixar Coco Read-Along Storybook and CD and Mickey's Christmas Carol Read-Along Storybook and CD. Each book with CD features the original voices and story from the films. Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a 21 minute featurette that will precede Disney-Pixar's Coco when it releases on November 22nd, 2017.

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google BookmarksSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

All content Copyright 2007-2018 Denise Preskitt. All rights reserved.
MouseSteps is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Walt Disney Company.
Before starting any exercise program, please see your family doctor.