Disney legend Andreas Deja is releasing a book detailing the animation secrets of Walt’s legendary ‘Nine Old Men’!
The official press release:
Learn from the men who changed animation forever. Walt Disney’s team of core animators, who he affectionately called his “Nine Old Men,” were known for creating Disney’s most famous works, as well as refining the 12 basic principles of animation.
Follow master animator and Disney legend Andreas Deja (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King) as he takes you through the minds and works of these legendary animators. An apprentice to the Nine Old Men himself, Deja demonstrates the techniques and fundamentals that these men perfected through famous works such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, and much more. Special attention is given to each animator, accompanied by Deja’s thoughtful analysis on their techniques with special consideration given to figure drawing, acting, story structure and analysis, and execution. The in-depth analysis of each animator’s work will allow you refine your approach to character animation and make better creative choices. Rare sequential drawings by the Nine Old Men are also featured, giving you unprecedented access and insight into the creative processes of these legendary animators. A gallery of Deja’s own work and instruction is included, allowing you to learn techniques from a contemporary master of animation.
- Instruction and analysis on the works of each of the Nine Old Men broadens your creative choices and approaches to character animation.
- Original drawings from never-before-seen features are explored in depth, giving you behind-the-scenes access into Disney animation history
- Companion website features pencil tests in motion and additional anecdotes and resources about the Nine Old Men
Ollie Johnston’s words of wisdom for aspiring animators. (x)
For LOTS more of Ollie’s thoughts and feelings about animation, you simply must check out the book that he and fellow Disney animator Frank Thomas wrote, The Illusion of Life. It’s like a sacred tome for cartoonists!
Milt Kahl’s words of wisdom for aspiring animators. (x)
Oh, and regarding this mysterious Don Graham fellow…
According to Andreas Deja, “Don Graham was head of Disney’s internal training program from 1932 - 1940. Chuck Jones called him the greatest American art teacher. The closest you will ever come to his teachings is through his excellent 1970 book Composing Pictures. It is in reprint and available at Amazon.”
I’m gonna buy these and let them loose in my little brother’s Smurf collection. Chaos ensues!
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