Liv­ing with a Legend

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Leslie Stern [To­tal­Re­call Pub­li­ca­tions, $49.95]

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.

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