They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age
In the first half of the 20th century, as Walt Disney Studio prepared to tackle some of the most ambitious animated projects of the age, the iconic toon house took a novel tack: hiring a group of artists whose sole duty was to explore visual concepts and inspire their colleagues to reach new heights. This collection — the first in a planned sextet of volumes — brings some of these relatively unsung creative heroes into the light at last.
Ghez, who has profiled other lesser-looked-at nooks of Disney history with Disney’s Grand Tour and Disneyland Paris, showcases four of these pioneering artists with newly uncovered biographical material and largely unpublished artwork from the Disney Archives and Animation Research Library. This tour through the building blocks of the studio’s early golden age is sure to inspire with examples culled from short films from the 1930s, unproduced projects, classics Snow White and Pinocchio and early work for later productions like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.