Walt Disney's "Fantasia" Hardcover – Sep 1983
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"A fitting companion piece to . . . The Art of Walt Disney." -- San Diego Union
"For any fan of Fantasia . . . this book is a must." -- Ray Bradbury, Los Angeles Herald Examiner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Reprinted on the eve of the long-awaited sequel Fantasia 2000, this is the definitive book on the Walt Disney Studio's most ambitious masterpiece. Noted film historian John Culhane tells the story behind the creation of Fantasia, using never-before-published material and a wealth of memorable illustrations, including actual frames from the classic film. 280 illustrations, 130 in full color, 911/4 x 1133/4" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's a great book, full of concepts, sketches and so much more...
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The book is divided into nine main sections, seven of which are devoted to the seven sections of the film. Culhane draws on the actual story sessions by Walt and the crew which were all recorded by the studio stenographer and have been saved in the Disney archives. The artwork ranges from production stills to concept art, to story sketches, to model sheets, and many pictures of Walt and his staff in action. There is a lot of text, but it is interesting and helps understand the many illustrations.
This is a highly recommended book for Disney fans. Culhane wrote the book on Fantasia 2000 : Visions of Hope, another highly recommended art book.
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Not only is there the artwork but you get the 'quotes' and 'thoughts' of the various artists involved which really gives you a wonderful 'back stage' perspective of all that went into creating this masterpiece.
The late John Culhane, who corresponded with Walt Disney and the studio, wrote this behind the scenes account of the making of this classic. He relied on meeting notes from the archives and interviews from the artists as primary sources. He also provides a lot of production artwork and frames from the movie. The book is organized by film segments with an introduction.
Now if only there could be an updated account written by JB Kaufman. There is so much history to Fantasia that wasn't covered such as the unused segments and proposed segments that didn't get passed the storyboard stage.
But Culhane's book is definitely worth reading and is highly recommended for any Disney enthusiast.