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Never-Before-Seen Concept Art and Behind-The-Scenes Stories From Disney’s Secret Archives

Katie Cannon October 14, 2016 October 14th, 2016

Nowadays, every Disney blue-ray comes jam-packed with “bonus features”: concept art from early conceptions of the film, cast interviews, director’s commentary, behind-the-scenes tours, and deleted scenes. IT’S A FREAKING TREASURE TROVE ON THE MAIN MENU.

But back in the early days of the House of Mouse, you were SOL on the special extras. Disney movie-making was a mystical, arcane practice, shut off from the curious minds of casual viewers. Until now!

German publisher Taschen is releasing a truly enormous art book on Disney’s earlier classics, including 1,500 images that “trace the origins and evolution of such favorite as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, 101 Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book.” THE WALT DISNEY FILM ARCHIVES allow you to get nerdy in heretofore unthinkable ways, allowing readers access to concept art, story sketches, backgrounds, animation drawings, and behind-the-scenes photos.  The book even offers the first-ever glimpses of full transcripts from story development meetings, conversation that “reveal [Walt’s] imaginative genius in action and immerse the reader at the very heart of Disney’s remarkable creative hub.”

Here’s a sneak peek inside:


Minnie Avenue in Disney’s Burbank studios, 1940



Mickey Mouse BUILDING A BUILDING animation cel, 1933


Pencil animation sketch from THE SKELETON DANCE, 1929


Animation cel from THE JUNGLE BOOK, 1967


Animators study a real deer whilst working on animation for BAMBI, 1942




SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES, camera-angle-test, 1937


Concept art for SLEEPING BEAUTY, 1959


Storyboard sketches and scene notes for FANTASIA, 1940


Artist Bill Peet with Dumbo drawings, 1941. Per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Peet’s newborn baby boy inspired the way he drew an infant Dumbo.


Concept sketches from CINDERELLA, 1950


More gorgeous CINDERELLA concept art from artist Mary Blair, who worked with gouache watercolor.


Pre-order it now on Amazon for $190.


VIa The Hollywood Reporter, Cartoon Brew