The Il­lu­sion of Life: Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion. By Ol­lie John­ston and Frank Thomas (Dis­ney Edi­tions, $60).

Animation Magazine - - School Guide -

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?

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