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Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks    by Pete Docter order for
Nine Old Men
by Pete Docter
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This boxed set contains nine hardcover flipbooks that pay tribute to Walt Disney's original animators. The nine old men the title alludes to are Les Clark, Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, Wolfgang 'Woolie' Reitherman, and Milt Kahl.

These were the animators behind such Disney classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Peter Pan.

Each flipbook features a scene from an animated Disney classic in its original line-drawn form and each scene showcases a classic character. For example, you'll find the moonlit spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp and Mickey Mouse's ordeal with a horde of mops in Fantasia.

Also included with the set is a short booklet detailing the talents of these incredible animators. 'As these artists discovered, animation is about motion; no single drawing was designed to be experienced on its own,' writes Docter. 'It is only when the drawings are flipped that they come to life. Flipped together, movement seen in no individual drawing appears mysteriously, as if from nowhere.'

Although a bit pricey, this unusual collection of flipbooks is a true collector's edition that will only go up in value. Film buffs will consider this a must purchase and rare addition to their libraries.

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