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The Disney Villain [Hardcover]

Ollie Johnston


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Oct. 31 1993
Two supervising animators for the Disney studios offer an inside look at the great Disney cartoon villains, from the evil Queen Maleficent to Jafar, featuring full-color portraits, scenes from the films, and discussions on how these characters were created.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (Oct. 31 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562827928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562827922
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 26.7 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Using sketches and four-color art, two veteran artists and authors ( Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life , LJ 12/15/81) analyze Walt Disney Studios' animated scoundrels, from Peg Leg Pete to Aladdin's Jafar. Walt Disney's input and his later delegation of authority are discussed. The authors assert that the golden age of animation ended at the close of World War II as a result of postwar costs and a dearth of imagination not remedied until 1950 with the production of Cinderella. They evaluate ensuing successes and failures, the emergence of new animators, and computer enhancement techniques. An appendix contains portraits of all the studio's villain creators. This balanced critique is recommended for art and film collections of public libraries.
- Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Since launching its Hyperion book division two years ago, the Disney Company has been practicing synergism by mining its archives for material suitable for compiling into lavish gift books. The latest such project is an oversize volume spotlighting memorable villains from more than six decades of the studio's animated films. The rogues' roll call begins well before the wicked queen in Snow White (1937), reaching all the way back to Mickey Mouse's early nemesis Peg Leg Pete, who actually antedated Mickey, and extending through The Three Little Pigs' Big Bad Wolf down to The Little Mermaid's Ursula and Aladdin's Jafar. All are depicted in hundreds of illustrations that include plenty of full-color frame enlargements and animators' sketches. Veteran animators Johnston and Thomas, there at the creation of most of the studio's masterworks, describe the characters' development and provide fascinating insights into the making of the films and the changes in Disney's approach over the years. The resulting volume is sure to appeal to audiences' fascination with villainy--especially when it's presented as frighteningly as Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent or as humorously as 101 Dalmatians' Cruella de Vil. Gordon Flagg

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnston and Thomas Together Again! Feb. 3 2000
By rareoopdvds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Anything by these two wonderful authors and amazing animators should be a must in anyone's collection. Yet, I am baffled that all of their books are currently out of print. I am sure one will not have trouble looking at a used bookstore for a copy of this. This book deals precisely with what the title says: The Disney Villians. In their usual classic and lucid style, the authors discuss the troubles they ran while devising a villian. One that is wicked, yet appealing to the audience. Going through their catalog of movies from Snow White to Aladdin, they discuss in detail what a villian is all about, and how the villian relates to the story, style and main character of each film. Whether one should be more realistic, or have harder edges, or what kind of mannerisms will this villian have. Highly reccomended for the animator and artist, as well as the Disney book lover as these are presented so well. For the enthuseist, which I also own, there is also a more expensive version of this book, hardcover with a slipcase, signed by each of the authors and a print of the filmstrip from Snow White.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Read For Any Disney Fan! July 11 1998
By Shawn Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Who better to bring us the history of the villain in Disney films than two people responsible for the creation of so many of them? Ollie Johnson and Frank Thomas' remarkable survey of the history of bad guys begins with the obligatory history of Disney animation and proceeds to describe all of the villains created from the earliest cartoon shorts to Aladdin. Concept drawings, poster art and stills from the film make up the many illustrations and each film is described along with interesting information on each villain discussed. The one drawback - an obvious one when dealing with so prolific a studio - is the fact that this book cuts off at Aladdin, missing the many sinister villains that followed, notably Scar, and Hades.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book Aug. 25 2013
By Noguera Mathilda - Published on Amazon.com
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Really interesting book for all the disney villains lovers even though I personally would have liked to see more concept art. But still, I'm glad I bought it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Villains Rock! July 22 2013
By Julieann C. Barr - Published on Amazon.com
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So many times there are stories written that revolve around the noble, "good" characters. It is refreshing to see a book devoted to the villains.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Feb. 16 2013
By dtgutch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great item, was looking for any villian book and this was it. They are so hard to find thank you for having it.
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