Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The art of Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty's Evil Queen --Marc Davis lecture COMING IN SEPT; Sleeping Beauty art book now at SNB

This post focuses on the art of the Disney animated character -- drawn by Marc Davis, possibly the most revered of the animation maestros known as "the Nine Old Men."  Here's Marc Davis with Mary Costa, the opera singer who was voice of  Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.

Coming in Sept 2014 -- a  talk "Marc Davis: Walt's Renaissance Man" to be held at the Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM) on Saturday Sept 13 from 3-4:30 PM. Here's info from WDFM website:

During his 43 years at The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Legend Marc Davis was assigned and produced some of the most difficult animation requested by Walt and his directors. Join master animator Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz, former Davis student and founder of the Burbank-based animation studio Kurtz and Friends, for a discussion of Davis’ far-reaching talents and considerable influence on the field of animation. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. 

And here's a link to WDFM home page: http://www.waltdisney.org/

Worth a trip to San Francisco to hear two current animation masters share memories and insights into this renowned figure. The Walt Disney Family Museum is so much more than you might expect -- get a glimpse via this post from May 2014 http://stuartngbooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/walt-disney-family-museum-must-see.html

Want a museum-quality look into the artists and development of  Disney's Sleeping Beauty? -- then check out this massive tome, a French import art book "La Belle Au Bois Dormant" all about the making of the Disney animated classic. It's not just a "coffee table" art book -- it's almost big enough to BE the coffee table! You can see how big the book is from this "behind the scenes" pic from our signing for the Sleeping Beauty book at CNTX 2013.

Publisher Pierre Lambert is known for exquisitely presented, exhaustively researched looks at Disney animation icons like Jungle Book and Mickey Mouse. These books are substantial: jam packed with images done in stunning reproductions that convey the rich depth of art that goes into making one of these films. Stuart Ng Books is the only US source for this title, and our copies include an exclusive English-language translation of the text:

You can see larger views of these images via the link to book above....

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