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The Disney Villain

Thomas, Frank & Johnston, Ollie

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ISBN 10: 1562827928 / ISBN 13: 9781562827922
Published by Hyperion Books, New York, NY, 1993
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Inscribed "Frank Thomas Ollie Johnston / 11-18-97" on half title page in black and blue ink. Autographs of both Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas were obtained in person at Vromans Bookstore on November 18,1997 at Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena, California USA. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston were both born in California in the same year; 1912; Frank in Santa Monica, Ollie in Palo Alto. Although they had quite different personalities, they found that they worked together very well. Frank was always planning, forever thinking his way through the problems, keeping everything orderly, even in wild, crazy, impossible actions. Ollie was more emotional, sensing tender, delicate scenes, unexpected actions and deep feelings. Both of them were known for their ability to create warm, believable characters who could be either lovable or threatening, or both. Frank had made a movie spoof of Hollywood's view of college life back in 1930. It was very successful and made $1000 over expenses at the local theaters. He had no idea of animation at that time but liked the idea of making films. Ollie was interested in art. In college he drew pictures of his favorite athletes, which were printed in the San Francisco Chronicle.In 1931 they met at Stanford University where they were both enrolled in the Art Department. However they discovered that they were more interested in gags and screwy routines for school shows than they were for painting and design classes. It was the beginning of a long friendship as they gained attention to their monthly cartoons in Stanford's humor magazine and developed a new perspective on college life. After college they came south to attend Chouinard's Art Institute where they studied with famed illustrator Pruett Carter. Suddenly drawing and design became very important. Carter's chief interest in his magazine work was in making the figures look like they were thinking and getting involved in the situations, and showing how they felt about their predicaments. This was a new philosophy for Frank and Ollie and one that stimulated the desires they had in their own drawings. It was still in their minds in 1934 when Carter stopped teaching and the two young students went to the Disney Studio seeking employment. Ollie had considered going into magazine illustration, but once he saw the acting possibilities in the animation, he was hooked. This was just what he had always wanted. Fortunately it was what Walt wanted too. This began a spectacular 43-year career at The Walt Disney Studio as top animators, directors and story men. Frank and Ollie gave the illusion of life to some of the most endearing animated characters to ever appear on the screen. Their humor, sensitivity, and acting abilities proved to have universal and lasting appeal and their skills at communicating these qualities in their drawings earned them places as two of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men." Both men retired in 1978 to write the books about animation and the pictures they had created. Nearly five years were required to complete the first definitive book, Disney Animation; the Illusion of Life that was published in 1981, it was followed by Too Funny For Words; Walt Disney's Bambi, The Story and The Film; and The Disney Villain which was translated into French two years later. The Illusion of Life has been translated into Japanese and was so popular that it recently had a second printing. Bookseller Inventory # 001387

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Title: The Disney Villain

Publisher: Hyperion Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Printing

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Two supervising animators for the Disney studios offer an inside look at the great Disney cartoon villains, from the evil Queen Maleficent to Jafar, featuring full-color portraits, scenes from the films, and discussions on how these characters were created.

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Since launching its Hyperion book division two years ago, the Disney Company has been practicing synergism by mining its archives for material suitable for compiling into lavish gift books. The latest such project is an oversize volume spotlighting memorable villains from more than six decades of the studio's animated films. The rogues' roll call begins well before the wicked queen in Snow White (1937), reaching all the way back to Mickey Mouse's early nemesis Peg Leg Pete, who actually antedated Mickey, and extending through The Three Little Pigs' Big Bad Wolf down to The Little Mermaid's Ursula and Aladdin's Jafar. All are depicted in hundreds of illustrations that include plenty of full-color frame enlargements and animators' sketches. Veteran animators Johnston and Thomas, there at the creation of most of the studio's masterworks, describe the characters' development and provide fascinating insights into the making of the films and the changes in Disney's approach over the years. The resulting volume is sure to appeal to audiences' fascination with villainy--especially when it's presented as frighteningly as Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent or as humorously as 101 Dalmatians' Cruella de Vil. Gordon Flagg

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