Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real

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The Imagineers are responsible for the creation and expansion of all the elements at the Disney theme parks. Every day, Imagineers bring art and science together to turn fantasy into reality, sketches into castles, dreams into magic. At Imagineering, even the smallest idea gets taken seriously. Walt Disney Imagineering takes you through the creative process of cultivating, shaping, molding ideas and following their growth and development all the way through to the finished product, which may be years after the ...
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Overview

The Imagineers are responsible for the creation and expansion of all the elements at the Disney theme parks. Every day, Imagineers bring art and science together to turn fantasy into reality, sketches into castles, dreams into magic. At Imagineering, even the smallest idea gets taken seriously. Walt Disney Imagineering takes you through the creative process of cultivating, shaping, molding ideas and following their growth and development all the way through to the finished product, which may be years after the original spark of an idea. This unique group of artists, architects, engineers, writers, machinists, landscape designers, financiers, model makers, sound technicians, carpenters, producers, accountants, filmmakers, custodians, schedulers, estimators, and support staff members all participate in the Imagineering process to bring to life the wonderful magic of the Disney theme parks around the world.
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Both of these heavily illustrated books look at two less celebrated sections of the Disney empire, and the rare artwork that both contain is their strongest asset. Canemaker's book is on the people who created preliminary sketches "that explore the visual possibilities in a literary property." These possibilities for any proposed cartoon include the visual style of the film, how the characters will look, the way a major scene could be portrayed, and so on. Specific sketch artists have put their individual stamp on the entire look of the finished film in such cases as Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, and Night on Bald Mountain. In addition, they have created memorable minor characters, such as Pocahontas's raccoon pal and Beauty and the Beast's Mrs. Potts. Canemaker primarily concentrates on the feature-length cartoons, and he gives special attention to Fantasia. By chronologically examining the life and work of the significant sketch artists, he ably demonstrates their contributions. An interesting look at a neglected aspect of the Disney films. With a combination of imagination and engineering skill, the Imagineers create all elements of the Disney theme parks, from the rides, attractions, shops, and restaurants to the signs, light fixtures, trash cans, and landscaping. Starting with Disneyland and continuing up to the present day, this book attempts to show how "imagineering" created so many memorable experiences. Even with the aid of copious illustrationsnever-before-seen artwork from the Imagineering Division's own filesthe act of imaginative creation is difficult to re-create, and this work doesn't completely succeed in showing how the Imagineers brought their creations into being. It is further hampered by a once-over-lightly writing style. But that is a minor quibble in what for the most part is a fascinating before-the-curtain-rises look at the Disney theme parks. Both books are highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.Marianne Cawley, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786883721
  • Publisher: Disney Editions
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 13.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    A 'Top 10' Book on Walt Disney Studio History

    No other text comes as close to capturing Walt Disney's joy and enthusiasm for the creative process. Written by Kevin Rafferty with Bruce Gordon, their text explores the historical context for this remarkable story. Originally known as WED Enterprises (Walt Disney's personally owned laboratory for creating what would later become known as Disneyland), their story details the guiding influence of Walt Disney himself, as well as of the men and women who succeeded Walt in becoming the first generation of 'Imagineers'. Having laid that foundation, the development of Disney theme parks is presented with amazing attention to detail. David Mumford and Randy Webster have taken in-depth research and image selection to new heights. Every graphic and illustration makes a strong contribution in documenting the role of Walt Disney Imagineering in expanding Disney's reach to the far corners of the globe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    The perfect book for the up and coming Disney Fanatic

    This particular book gives a great insight into the wonderful world the the Walt Disney Imagineers. This book gives a great behind the scenes look at the attractions created for all the Disney theme parks of the world. This is a must read book for the Disney fanatic.

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