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The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968

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In this most expansive illustrated publication on Disney animation, 1,500 images take us to the beating heart of the studio’s “Golden Age of Animation,” including behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups. It spans each of the major animated features made during Walt’s lifetime, as well as lesser-known short films and unfinished projects.
Hardcover13.3 x 9.7 in.8.16 lb620 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

The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968


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.

In this most expansive illustrated publication on Disney animation, some 1,500 images and essays by eminent Disney experts take us to the beating heart of the studio’s “Golden Age of Animation.” This landmark book traces Disney’s complete animation journey from the silent film era, through his first full-length feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and the pioneering artistic experiment 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 masterpieces came to life. Masterful cel setups provide highly detailed illustrations of famous film scenes while rare pictures taken by Disney photographers and excerpts from story conferences between Walt and his staff 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, Lady and the Tramp, and One Hundred and One Dalmatiansare 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. Throughout, contributions from leading Disney specialists detail the evolution of each respective film.

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, Carl Barks, Mary Blair, Sylvia Holland, Tyrus Wong, Ken Anderson, Eyvind Earle, and Walt Peregoy.

Copyright © 2021 by 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 and a regular contributor to WDR Television. He has taught at various universities, including Städelschule in Frankfurt; the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund; and the University of Television and Film Munich. He is the author of Hollywood in the ’30s and The Walt Disney Film Archives.

The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968
Hardcover33.7 x 24.6 cm3.70 kg620 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7615-4

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-7668-0

Edition: Spanish
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Paul,April 9, 2022
Wonderful book for all Disney collectors!! Great price!!!


Keith,March 31, 2022
Captivating images speaks volumes and brings to life the Disney magic.

Un concentré de plaisir

Eric B.,July 11, 2023
Un ouvrage d'exception. Une grande qualité d'impression, planches, dessin, textes, ... certains jamais vu par le grand public. Tout à la fois histoire, culture, plaisir et rêve. Magnifique !!!

Un rêve

Eric,September 26, 2022
Si certain ouvrage transporte dans le temps ou dans l'espace, ce superbe ouvrage m'a transporté tant dans le temps, que dans l'espace que dans les fin fond de mes souvenir et de mon imagination. Tout au long des pages, on apprend, on découvre, on rêve on est transporté. Il regroupe une richesse documentaire exceptionnel, photos, dessin, peinture, storyboard, sans oublié les textes rempli de détail.