Marc Davis: Walt Dis­ney’s Re­nais­sance Man

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - [Dis­ney Edi­tions Deluxe, $40]

This unique ret­ro­spec­tive on the leg­endary Marc Davis (1913-2000) is the per­fect blend of rem­i­nis­cence on the man and cel­e­bra­tion of his artistry. One of the most cel­e­brated Dis­ney Stu­dios artists, Davis brought iconic de­sign and in­cred­i­ble per­son­al­ity to many of the stu­dio’s mem­o­rable char­ac­ters — in­clud­ing hero­ines Cin­derella, Alice and Tin­ker Bell and the vil­lai­nesses Malef­i­cent and Cruella De Vil. In ad­di­tion to a visual feast of Davis’ an­i­ma­tion art, per­sonal sketches and paint­ings, read­ers get to know the man from photographs of him at work and at ease. The col­lec­tion is livened up by charm­ing es­says on the artist from those who knew him, in­clud­ing An­dreas Deja, Pete Doc­ter, Don Hahn, Glen Keane and his­to­rian Charles Solomon. A brief biog­ra­phy by award-win­ning an­i­ma­tor John Cane­maker and a chock-full-of-wis­dom chap­ter on the art­form as­sem­bled from Davis’ own notes help make this a fully rounded vol­ume ideal for both pro­fes­sion­als and ad­mir­ers of the biz.

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