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They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s and 1960s

They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Mid-Century Era: The 1950s and 1960s


By Didier Ghez, Foreword by Eric Goldberg, Foreword by Susan McKinsey Goldberg


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The 1950s and 1960s at The Walt Disney Studios marked unprecedented stylistic directions brought on by the mid-century modern and graphic sensibilities of a new wave of artists. This volume explores the contributions of these heroes with special emphasis on the art of Lee Blair, Mary Blair, Tom Oreb, John Dunn, and Walt Peregoy. It includes never-before-seen images from Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Sleeping Beauty and discusses Disney’s first forays into television, commercials, space, and science projects—even the development of theme parks. Drawing on interviews and revealing hundreds of rediscovered images that inspired Disney’s films during one of its most prolific eras, this volume captures the rich stories of the artists who brought the characters to life and helped shape the future of animation.

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Size: 11 x 9 in;
Pages: 224 pp;

Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2018
ISBN: 9781452163857
Didier Ghez is the author of Disney’s Grand Tour, Disneyland Paris, They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age: The 1930s, and They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years: The 1940s. In 2018, Ghez received the prestigious June Foray Award for significant and benevolent impact on the art and industry of animation. He lives in Florida.

Eric Goldberg is best known for his work with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hercules, and Moana. In February 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Winsor McCay Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for lifetime achievement in animation.

Susan McKinsey Goldberg directed two sequences on Fantasia/2000, creating a unique look that garnered her the animation industry’s highest honor, the Annie Award, for production design.

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