Disney’s The Archive Series - Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks By Pete Docter [Disney Editions, $60]
This fantastic collector’s dream was released last year, but nobody sent us a copy to review here at the magazine, so I finally found it at the local bookstore and bought one for myself. Seriously, how can you say no to this superb box, which includes nine small-format (6.3-inch by 6.8-inch) hardcovers devoted to drawings by Walt Disney’s original animators — Les Clark, Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Mark Davis, Wolfgang Reitherman and Milt Kahl? Each book brings to life an animated sequence from our favorite pics, ( Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Fantasia, Peter Pan, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians and Pinocchio) and includes a brief introduction about one of the Nine Old Men, penned by contemporary artists such as Glen Keane, Andreas Deja and Ron Clements. This is the one we’d pick for the really, really special person with whom you want to spend Valentine’s Day!