Living with a Legend
Seven years after his passing, animation genius Iwao Takamoto comes alive from a new angle with this collection of memories penned by his step-daughter. Recruited by Disney after his release from California’s Manzanar concentration camp, Takamoto contributed to a number of the studio’s early classics like Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians. He joined Hanna-Barbera on the ground floor and went on to design iconic characters like Scooby-Doo, Astro, Mutley, The Great Gazoo and Dino the dinosaur. Takamoto also directed the beloved film adaptation of Charlotte’s Web (1973).
Stern’s award-winning retrospective includes her musings on growing up in a multi-ethnic home, and how her step-father’s genius and ambition influenced her and others. The full-color book also treats readers to never-before-seen personal drawings done by Takamoto for Leslie and her mother, drawings gifted to him from other famous animators and rarely-scene photographs and artwork. Legend offers both a touching look at a unique family and an important chunk of animation history.