taschen-the-walt-disney-film-archives-the-animated-movies-1921-1968The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921 – 1968, is the newest title in TASCHEN’s ‘Archives’ series of film books. This beautiful, 620+ page, $200 book is one of the most expansive illustrated publications in Disney animation and covers the studio’s “Golden Age.” Every major animated feature created during Walt Disney’s lifetime is included, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book. The book was produced with inside access to the Walt Disney Archives and Disney’s famous Animation Research Library.

The book includes:

  • 1,500 images including behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups of famous film scenes
  • Essays by eminent Disney experts, providing insight into the mind of Walt Disney
  • Images from lesser-known experimental short films, episodic music films, and unfinished projects

Images such as:


Just as the Blue Fairy works her magic on Pinocchio (1940) in this watercolor by famed Swedish illustrator Gustaf Tenggren, Walt’s masterpiece made a classical art form come to life.


Walt Disney took great pride in the sophisticated artistry of Bambi (1942.)


Mickey and his steam shovel hard at work in this cel setup from Building a Building (1933).


“Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell? We are standing by a wishing well . . . “ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).


A story sketch for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” The short became so expensive that it was decided to make it a part of a “Concert Feature,” Fantasia (1940).


Bambi, originally intended as Walt Disney’s second feature-length film, was finally completed and released in 1942 as his sixth.


A cel setup of King Louie, the self-styled “Jungle V.I.P.” The Jungle Book (1967)

The TASCHEN book not only makes an incredible holiday gift for Disney fans, but is a beautiful work of art that will complement any living room, library, or study as a timeless, decorative art piece. It will complete any Disney lover’s collection – when you hold this book, it truly feels like you are holding a piece of Disney history in your hands.

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