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The art of Disney's dragons
First edition.
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127 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
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"Throughout time and across cultures, dragons have existed as part of our collective imagination, breathing fire, guarding treasure, and embodying magic. Some are evil, some are kind -- but all are fascinating. The Walt Disney Company has had a long-standing fascination with dragons, and this book -- conceived as a sketchbook handed down through generations of Disney artists -- chronicles the impact that dragons have had on Disney films, parks, and resorts. Inside these pages are the bold storyboards of Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent, color concepts of Epcot's Figment (who was green before he became purple!), playful studies of Mulan's Mushu, and production poses of Elliot from 2016's Pete's Dragon, directed by David Lowery. The illustrators -- a wide variety of animators, live-action studio artists, and Imagineers -- include Tim Burton, Rolly Crump, Marc David, Eric Goldberg, Bill Justice, John Hench, Joe Rohde, Chuck Ballew, and more."--Back cover.


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Visual development studies of iconic dragons from Disney's back catalogue as well as upcoming blockbusters. Imagine if one sketchbook had been passed down through the decades from one Disney artist to the next, with each one making a contribution before leaving it in the talented hands of another. That idea was the inspiration for The Art of Disney's Dragons. The drawings contained within this volume represent the entire range of dragon-themed development art from animators, live-action studio artists and Imagineers.

Author Notes

Tom Bancroft has over 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben awards. At Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to animate on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous commercials. Some of the films include, Beauty and the Beast , The Lion King , Aladdin , and Mulan . Bancroft was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions. His popular character design book, Creating Characters with Personality is used by art schools all over the world. Additionally, Bancroft has illustrated over 50 children's books.

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Horn Book Review

Introduction by Tom Bancroft. This coffee-table book--complete with linen spine stamped with metallic writing and a ribbon bookmark--showcases Disney animators' concept and production art featuring dragons from throughout the studio's history; Bancroft's introduction illuminates the animation design process. However, the book is predominantly illustrations, which suffer from a lack of adjoining captions (instead the image information appears in an unhandy appended section). (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.