Thursday, May 5, 2016

Get This Book!

...Ward Kimball says so. John Canemaker's beautiful book on the art and lives of Disney's Nine Old Men was first published in 2001. John chronicles the career of these artists thoroughly. There is plenty of art as well as rare photographs. This book is a must have for any animation professional or any Disney fan. I told John once that I feel he wrote this book for me, because I always felt there should be so much more known about them.
Fourteen years later I wrote another volume with my take on the art of these influential artists. Consider it an encore to John's book with a hefty offering of some of their best work.

If you want to complete your Nine Old Men collection, get the Bluray disc of Peter Pan. The bonus material includes Ted Thomas' fantastic documentary Growing up with Nine Old Men. (Outside of the US the documentary was released with The Jungle Book).

Woolie Reitherman working on Mickey and the Beanstalk.

A very young Milt Kahl working on graphic advertisement art a few years before joining Disney Studios.

Here is the link to Amazon:


  1. I borrowed that book once and it is great!
    I liked that it went into a lot of detail about who these guys were and their working & personal relationships with each other. Usually I prefer reading about their approach to work, but the 'perfect storm' of personalities and circumstance that made the studio as good as it was is amazing.

  2. Vintage animation like the old man))

  3. Last Sunday, my wife and I visited Les Clark's grave in rural Tennessee. His second wife Georgia is buried next to him. There is a carving of Mickey Mouse's face on his headstone. I posted two photos of the graves here:

  4. Great book indeed! Got it when it was published!

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  6. I bought the book a while ago and have been meaning to read it. I've flipped through it many times but this post finally pushed me to read it from the beginning and IT IS GREAT! Thanks Andreas, for the push and for all of your awesome posts!