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The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968. 40th Ed.

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One of the most expansive illustrated publications on Disney animation, finally available in a compact edition. The landmark volume includes behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups of famous film scenes. It covers each of the major animated features made during Walt’s lifetime, as well as lesser-known short films and episodic musical films.
Hardcover6.1 x 8.5 in.2.45 lb512 pages

“A fascinating journey into the Disney universe through rare archive footage and backstage footage of the studio... A bible for (older) children.”

“A masterful work, essential for any genuine lover of Disney’s art.”
Le Figaro

“…insightful, exhaustive, and stunningly gorgeous.”
The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968. 40th Ed.

The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968. 40th Ed.


The Master Magician

A fantastic voyage through Walt Disney’s animation works

One of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Walt Disney built a unique and unrivaled imaginative universe. Like scarcely any other classics of cinema, his astonishing collection of animated cartoons revolutionized storytelling on screen and enchant to this day across geographies and generations.

This expansively illustrated publication on Disney animation gathers hundreds of images as well as essays by Disney experts, taking us to the beating heart of the studio’s “Golden Age of Animation.” We trace Disney’s complete animation journey from the silent film era, through his first full-length feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Fantasia (1940), right up to his last masterpieces Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) and The Jungle Book (1967).

With extensive research conducted through the historical collections of the Walt Disney Company, as well as private collections, editor Daniel Kothenschulte curates some of the most precious concept paintings and storyboards to reveal just how these animation triumphs came to life. Masterful cel setups provide highly detailed illustrations of famous film scenes while rare pictures taken by Disney photographers bring a privileged insider’s view to the studio’s creative process.

Each of the major animated features that were made during Walt’s lifetime—including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatiansis given its own focus chapter, without forgetting less-familiar gems such as the experimental short films of the Silly Symphonies series and under-appreciated episodic musical films such as Make Mine Music and Melody Time.

Realizing the Disney style was a collective project and, as much as the master himself, The Walt Disney Film Archives acknowledges the outstanding animators and designers who influenced the style of the studio, among them Albert Hurter, Gustaf Tenggren, Kay Nielsen, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy.

Copyright © 2020 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
The editor and author

Daniel Kothenschulte is an author, curator, and lecturer on film and art history, and a lover of animation since he first saw The Jungle Book at the age of three. As a film journalist, he is responsible for the film section in the German national daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau. He has taught at various universities. He is the author of numerous books, including Hollywood in the 30s and The Walt Disney Film Archives.

The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968. 40th Ed.
Hardcover15.6 x 21.7 cm1.11 kg512 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8085-4

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-8086-1

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-8087-8

Edition: Spanish
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9 Ratings

Passionnant et complet

Alexandre,October 31, 2021
On retrouve tout l'univer de Walt Disney vraiment passionnant


A,October 27, 2021
Tous les films sont détaillés, même ceux non diffusés : c’est très intéressant !


Lidia,October 27, 2021
Loved the detailed information and the great graphics of the book. Definitely worth the buy!

"For life to be a fairy tale, it may be enough just to believe" - Walt Disney

Maxime D.,September 5, 2021
This book allows you to enter the bowels of the greatest cinema company in history! It then makes it possible to know the details of animated films that have rocked the child of several dozen generations. The format allows you to enjoy the contents everywhere, which is nice when you have trouble stopping reading. I advise it without any problem to the Disney fan, as to the person wishing to know more.

Les archives de Walt Disney

Thierry,December 27, 2021
Magnifique cadeau à faire. Les détails sont croustillants. A consommer sans modération

Ein MUSS für alle Disneyfreunde!

Nikolaos,November 12, 2021
Wer schon als Kind die klassischen Disney-Zeichentrickfilme mit Begeisterung angeschaut hatte, wird diesen Prachband sehr zu schätzen wissen. Von den bescheidenen Anfängen Walt Disneys mit seiner kleinen Maus bis zu den abendfüllenden Meisterwerken der Filmgeschichte. Hier findet man viele seltene Fotografien (manche sogar zum erstem mal publiziert), hervorragende Zeichnungen und interessante Hintergrundberichte zu allen Zeichentrickfilmen an die Walt Disney mitgewirkt hat.