The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. By Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas (Disney Editions, $60).
Often considered the granddaddy of all the books on animation, this masterpiece will be read and cherished even when animation is projected directly into your head in the future! Frank and Ollie, two of the most famous Nine Old Men at Disney, offer their take on how the studio created classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi and Pinocchio. Not only do readers get an intimate history of Uncle Walt’s operation, they also learn about the process of traditional animation from two of the smartest and most talented experts on the subject. And seriously, how can you say no to their beautiful sketches, storyboard art and historic photos?