Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love

Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love

The new Disney book release Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love celebrates the Disney and Pixar animated feature films that we know and love, hence the title.

Is this book that features maps of the primary locations from the animated feature films worth adding to your collection?

There are 24 different films covered in this book. The films span the entire history of the Disney Company from its first animated feature film to the most recent blockbusters.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
  • Pinocchio,
  • Bambi,
  • Alice in Wonderland,
  • Peter Pan,
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians,
  • TheJungle Book,
  • The Little Mermaid,
  • Beauty and the Beast,
  • Aladdin,
  • The Lion King,
  • Toy Story,
  • A Bug’s Life,
  • Finding Nemo,
  • The Incredibles,
  • Cars,
  • Ratatouille,
  • Up,
  • Brave,
  • Monsters University,
  • Frozen,
  • Inside Out,
  • Moana, and
  • Coco.

Obviously, they couldn’t cover every film ever released, but they do offer the most popular ones. Interestingly enough, but there aren’t any page numbers, but it won’t be difficult to navigate this title, at all.

Who is Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love For?

Fans oft animated films that are included will enjoy the title. It really feels like the book is meant for the tween and younger set to enjoy with siblings or parents. It’s also a great title for anyone that wants to let their imagination explore the realms of classic and modern Disney and Pixar films.

What do you think about this new Disney book release?

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New Mary Blair Flair Book!

New Mary Blair Flair Book!

I just received a folded and gathered copy of Mary Blair’s Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends by Amy Novesky and Illustrated by Brittany Lee. It’s an early review copy that doesn’t have a cover and hasn’t been sewn together. I previewed Pencils, Pens & Brushes a few videos ago. This is a bit different book in that the focus is on offering an overview of Mary Blair’s life through the pages of a picture book.

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PREVIEW: Pencils, Pens & Brushes

PREVIEW: Pencils, Pens & Brushes by Mindy Johnson and Lorelay Bove

Ever wonder about the women of Disney Animation? Sure, everyone knows about the Nine Old Men, but what about the women that worked at the studios creating the classic animated films?

I received an early review copy of a new book written by Mindy Johnson (Tinker Bell; Ink & Paint) and Lorelay Bove (Lovely: Ladies of Animation; No Slurping, No Burping!) about the women of the Disney Studios. It’s subtitled A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation and, after initial inspection, seems to be a version of Ink & Paint for the younger audience.I did an unboxing and preview of the special book.

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Pencils, Pens & Brushes Video Preview

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Silly Symphonies Book Review

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series, a book review

George: Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies : A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series by JB Kaufman and Russel Merritt, is a revised and updated version of the 2006 book. With the full release of every Silly Symphony on the Walt Disney Classics line (Volume One and Volume Two), we know have access to all of the animated shorts over two sets. So, this book comes out at a great time, especially since there have been some new findings from the archives.

Jeff: Silly Symphonies shorts were at the forefront of Disney’s art in the 1930s, where Walt and his animators experimented with new things and really pushed how far animation could go. This book looks at the history of their creation, and how they were forming the stepping stones for Walt’s later feature length animations.

George: I’m a big fan of Kaufman and Merritt. They’re true historians who have spent years studying and researching the Disney Studios and animation. The first section of the book is a fairly straightforward, yet dense, history of the Silly Symphonies. About 30 pages are dedicated to looking at the cultural effect of the animated shorts as well as how they evolved as the needs of the Disney Studios changed. We’re also introduced to a lot of key players who would go on to leave a lasting mark on animation forever.

Jeff: It’s pretty extensive, despite being only 30 pages. They do a great job of covering the history of the shorts before diving in and looking at the shorts themselves. Each short is accompanied by some vital information: the plot, the folks who worked on it, the special meanings behind it, and so on, in addition to a few screenshots from the short itself.

George: The section dealing with the shorts is incredibly comprehensive. I was very surprised that even the price of the negative was included. Merritt and Kaufman provide all of the basic information that you’d expect, usually over a page and a half. There’s a lot included and the information on the Silly Symphonies truly makes this book an essential purchase and a one-of-a-kind research tool.

Jeff: It is pretty amazing how in-depth some of the things go. I mean, there are even production notes for each film, which was fun to read. There is also an appendix on unproduced Silly Symphonies. This is one heck of a book, especially if you are a fan of the cartoons. Kaufman always goes above and beyond in his research, so with Merritt in his corner, that helps even more.

George: Animation fans and researchers are going to find this one of the most valuable titles released over the past few years. It’s also great to see Disney offer two non-Disney employees open access to the archives for research. I think this bodes well for future researchers. Again, this book offers so much about the Silly Symphonies that any enthusiast that likes animation will love the book.

Jeff: Not just fans of Silly Symphonies, but fans of early animation. If you already own the original version, is it worth picking up again? Probably not, as not a whole heck of a lot was added. That said, it is a gorgeous book and definitely a must own if you don’t already.

Title: Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series
Author: J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt
ISBN: 978-1484751329
Release Date: September 27, 2016

Are you going to pick up this revised edition of the Silly Symphonies book?


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Disney Art Academy for the Nintendo 3DS, a review

Disney Art Academy for the Nintendo 3DS, a review

Disney Art Academy is a new release for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game system. With the included stylus of the Nintendo 3DS, you can draw directly on the touchscreen while following the example of the top screen. So, Disney Art Academy is a perfect game for the 3DS system. Even though it is categorized as a game, I think it has much more appeal. And not just for kids, either; adults who have always wanted to learn how to draw with find Disney Art Academy a fantastic way to learn.

Disney Art Academy offers offers step-by-step lessons showing you how to master expressions, portraits, shapes, action poses, color theory, drawing animals, drawing humans and more!

Disney Art Academy Gameplay

After a brief introduction to the game, you start the first lessons and you realize that this is something that you can do. The top screen offers instructions and the reference drawing so you can compare. Each step is explained as you are introduced to layers and different types of tools (pens, erasers, pencils, markers and more). One really cool design was that the tools all sound like you’d expect. The pencil really sounds like a pencil as you draw. The sounds of the different tools helped cement the feel of the gameplay.

Yes, this is really one of my drawings from Disney Art Academy!

It’s easy to quickly fix a mistake with a back button. You can also zoom in and out to get to the finer details. Honestly, I was completely surprised by how well my drawings came out. I never felt like I was on my way to becoming a Disney animator, but I would love to hang these on the refrigerator! Some of the lessons had the characters mostly drawn and you filled in special features as part of learning about characters.

When you reach the end of the lesson, you see the same one done by one of the virtual students and you unlock new lessons and free drawings.

Honestly, I felt that Disney Art Academy was an amazing tool for people that have an interest in drawing and want to learn more. The simple lessons reinforced the basics. I always felt like I was being encouraged and that I grew in my confidence and skills. Disney Art Academy uses the small screen of the Nintendo 3DS it as a strength and not as a weakness.

Disney Art Academy Press Info

Discover Your Inner Disney Artist In the Disney Art Academy game, you can use a wide variety of tools to learn to draw more than 80 Disney and Pixar characters. By setting your own pace through multiple easy-to-follow lessons, characters like Mickey Mouse, Elsa from Frozen, Nemo from Finding Nemo and Simba from The Lion King come to life on your Nintendo 3DS screen.

FEATURES:

  • Learn to draw popular Disney and Pixar characters using a variety of drawing tools like pastels, paintbrushes and markers.
  • Dozens of fun and intuitive lessons inspired by Disney art and Pixar animation guide you through a series of step-by-step progressions.
  • Give your art some extra flair with the Magic Brush, a new addition to the Art Academy series. With the Magic Brush, magical additions like stars, clouds and glitter can be added to your masterpieces.
  • Put your newly learned skills to the test by drawing on a blank canvas and selecting from more than 80 Disney images in Free Paint mode.
  • Show off your art by sharing directly to Miiverse or on social media via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share tool. Completed artwork is also saved to the Nintendo 3DS system’s SD card, allowing you to upload your creations to a personal computer and print them out.

 

I really liked Disney Art Academy and recommend it highly for anyone that wants to dip their digital toes into the world of drawing. The simple lessons were great for any level of talent. I never felt embarrassed or that I simply wasn’t good enough.

Are you going to check out Disney Art Academy?



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Two Guys Named Joe by John Canemaker

Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft is a book that sat on my shelf unopened for almost four years, and I can’t figure out why. John Canemaker, animation historian extraordinaire has written a wonderful book about two Joes (Ranft and Grant) that influenced the Disney Studios and Pixar very heavily. I’ve covered books by Canemaker before, including Before the Animation Begins and The Art & Flair of Mary Blair. His book on Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men is a must have for fans of Disney animation.

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