Disney's Animation Magic: A Behind the Scenes Look at How an Animated Film Is Made

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Highlighting Disney's animated classics, Hahn describes why the story is the bottom line of the filmmaking process and the significance of each creative element used to form the finished film. Captivating facts--how computers assisted animators in The Lion King, why a Beauty and the Beast animator asked to get in a cage with a gorilla--add color and detail to this comprehensive, full-color book.

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Overview

Highlighting Disney's animated classics, Hahn describes why the story is the bottom line of the filmmaking process and the significance of each creative element used to form the finished film. Captivating facts--how computers assisted animators in The Lion King, why a Beauty and the Beast animator asked to get in a cage with a gorilla--add color and detail to this comprehensive, full-color book.

Discusses the techniques and people involved in creating Disney's animated films, from the first story idea to opening night.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Disney's Animation Magic: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How a Disney Film Is Made, producer Don Hahn distills the difficult and detailed process of animated feature film creation into an easily understood narrative. From the birth of an idea, to voice-overs, special effects and computer-generated imagery, each phase is generously illustrated with sketches, movie stills, scenes of artists at work, flow charts and even a photo of the opening of Pocahontas in New York's Central Park. )
Children's Literature - Dr. Beverly Kobrin
Don Hahn's Disney Animation Magic reveals how artists create the fluid movement and shape-changing images in contemporary cartoons, movies, and TV commercials. Photographs of production details including scripts, sketches, and set design delineate and vivify Mr. Hahn's narrative on how story ideas become full-length animated films at the Disney studios. His information-packed view will help young readers appreciate how complex the storyboard-to-screen process is.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This is a bright, busy summary of Disney's animated feature productions, from the primary importance of plot to the actual work of layout artists, inbetweeners and cleanup artists. It's a reasonable introduction to the subject and includes a few fascinating tidbits on the new role of computer technology. (Even with Computer Generated Imagery, the crowd scenes in The Hunchback of Notre Dame took two years to be accomplished!) A glossary, bibliography, and few words on how kids can learn the trade are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8This lovely volume presents a behind-the-scenes story of the creation of Disney animated films. The text is informative, entertaining, and easy to follow. Hahn neatly organizes the creative process in three sections that deal with the initial idea, its execution, and finishing touches. Each member of an animation team is discussed in a separate, color-highlighted block of text. The effect is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also works to convey the information effectively. The same format is used to introduce different types of characters and music used in the films. This book is a browser's delight. Each page achieves maximum visual interest. Readers will leave it with new respect for the tremendous amount of work that goes into an animated film and for the artists' talent. The animation process is ably demonstrated through concept art, rough sketches, pencil tests, and photographs of voice actors and animators at work. This title focuses solely on traditional Disney cell animation, rather than on stop-motion or computer techniques. With this limitation in mind, it is of interest both to fans of animation and to budding animators.Tim Wadham, Dallas Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786850419
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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