Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks
Disney, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his 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 '
' Reitherman, and Milt Kahl.
hese were the animators behind such Disney classics as
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
ach 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
lso 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.
lthough 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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