Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Vols. 1 and 2. By Walt Stanchfield, edited by Don Hahn (Focal Press, $29.95 each).
Stanchfield was once dubbed the Mark Twain of Disney Studios, the man who electrified the animators with his simple, yet laser-sharp lessons on drawing, animation and observing life for over two decades. In 2009, Oscarwinning Disney producer Hahn gave animation lovers a wonderful gift by putting together the master’s notes in two well-illustrated paperbacks—a pair of timeless and essential primers that should be in every toon aficionado’s library.