By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin December 10, 2009 at 4:04AM
by Walt Stanchfield; edited by Don Hahn
I stand in awe of great animators and the way they bring characters to life through a series of drawings. This massive two-volume set of lectures, edited by longtime Disney producer Don Hahn, offers practical advice to anyone who aspires to master this amazing art. Roy E. Disney is quoted as saying, “For nearly thirty years, the artists that passed through the gates of Disney Animation, and even...
non-artists like myself, were influenced by the craft, skill, wisdom, writing and sketches of Walt Stanchfield.” Similar endorsements come from Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, John Musker, and Eric Goldberg—some of the finest animators of our time. Hahn says of Stanchfield, “He saw life as a unified experience. Drawings inspired paintings, which inspired poetry, which inspired architecture, which inspired travel—all connected parts of an artist’s existence.” What a valuable lesson to pass along to a new generation. The work is published in two generous volumes, and reasonably priced. For additional information, visit the publisher's website. (Focal Press)