You'll feel transported to that time as you enjoy all the riches in this collection. The book showcases the beginnings of the Disney style with behind the scenes photos.. storyboards... model sheets and live action reference.
See the vintage inter-office memo from Walt Disney to Don Graham. This 8-page document outlines the goals Disney had for improving the level of art.. not just at his studio... but for the nascent film genre of feature animation.
There are backgrounds on the artists. Of course the Nine Old Men are covered, but also the many others who contributed to origins of the Disney magic... names like Art Babbitt, Bill Tytla, Rico Lebrun and more are revealed in anecdotes and biographical sketches.
Plus, the physical book itself has a beautiful heft to it. It's a large format hardcover... over 400 pages... with lush paper stock to showcase all the images.
Unlike other Disney art books... this isn't just flashy color stills from the films. Before Ever After lets you learn from the same in-depth instruction that influenced the most legendary Disney artists.
Noted Disney animator and historian Andreas Deja wrote about the book on his blog "Deja View"
Before Ever After was written by Don Hahn and Tracey Miller-Zarneke.
Don Hahn's start at Disney included jobs along side notables like Nine Old Men member Wolfgang Reitherman. Hahn's own producer credits include films from Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King to the recent Maleficent. He has seen the Disney studio from the era of contemporaries of Walt's to the modern live-action re-telling of animated classics.
Tracey Miller-Zarneke has authored eight "Art of" animation books. She has a rare perspective on the genre with her credits as a voice talent on animated features such as Meet The Robinsons, in addition to her role as technical editor for an animation textbook. She is also Chair of Legacy and Archives for the industry organization Women in Animation.
Like authors Andreas Deja and David Leopold (featured on previous posts this month here on the blog) Don and Tracey have been appearing at studios to lecture on the book and sign copies.
UPDATE 11.13 -- Here's a peek at just a few sections from the interior of the book...
Disney story artist Bill Peet drawing an elephant