Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Classic Disney fans should feel grateful toward film historian J. B. Kaufman who brings us not one, but two beautiful books on Disney’s groundbreaking animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The first, The Fairest of them All: The Making of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is a large format coffee table book offering a comprehensive guide to the creation of this animated masterpiece starting with an in-depth look at the origins of the story going all the way back to 1630, later adaptations by the Brothers Grimm in the 1800’s and the numerous theatre and film productions that influenced Walt and inspired him to choose Snow White as his first feature-length animation.

It continues to chart the film’s production giving fascinating insight into the techniques implemented in the film, including the now famous Multiplane Camera and the Rotoscope; the time time-saving creation of Max Fleischer that allowed animators to use a filmed performance as reference for the final animation. The various incarnations of key characters such the Seven Dwarfs themselves and the Evil Queen are shown through numerous working drawings, abandoned concepts and gems of information such as how the work of illustrator W.T. Benda inspired the striking features of the Evil Queen. Post production is equally well served with the film’s release captured through accounts of the public and critics reactions along with details of subsequent re-issues up to today and the wealth of merchandising that’s brought with it. It’s an outstanding book and a definitive account on the making of one of the most important films of all-time.

And if that wasn’t enough to satisfy your appetite we have our second book on the subject, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film. Another look at the production of Snow White, this time shown through hundreds of behind the scenes sketches, paintings, cels and photographs available to view first-hand at The Walt Disney Family Museum. The artwork takes centre stage in the book with particular attention given to each piece and the artists and stories behind them. Surprisingly, this title features a lot of additional content not found in The Fairest One of All, with only a small percentage of the content duplicated across both books. With that in mind I heartily recommend picking up both books, and if you are a Disney, animation or film enthusiast in general, you’ll be treated to one of the most comprehensive looks at the making of any feature film i’ve ever seen and one fitting of Snow White’s 75th anniversary. They both receive my highest recommendation.

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – By J. B. Kaufman
The Walt Disney Family Foundation Press / Weldon Owen
Hardback 320 pages
32.2 x 28.8 x 3.2 cm
BUY NOW>

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film – By J. B. Kaufman
The Walt Disney Family Foundation Press / Weldon Owen
Hardback 256 pages
27.1 x 24.8 x 2.5 cm
BUY NOW>

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film

Advertisements

One thought on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film

  1. Great review. The books are both beautiful and informative. Professor Kaufman must be thrilled with the well deserved praise they are garnering. And, indeed, each stands alone. Never before have I seen such great examples of ”Gift Books”. I predict they will be very popular Christmas Gifts this year. (I couldn’t wait, however, and ”gifted” myself with both of them last month). Nevertheless, due to the exhaustive amount of information (and gorgeous artwork) contained in each volume, I wil undoubtedly be reading them well after the Holiday Season has gone. What a magnificent achievement they are!.

Let me know what you think....

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s