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Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  32 reviews
From the earliest origins of animated imagery, the colorful link between paper and screen was created by legions of female artists working on the slick surface of celluloid sheets. With calligraphic precision and Rembrandtesque mastery, these women painstakingly brought pencil drawings to vibrant, dimensional life. Yet perhaps as a reflection of the transparent canvas they ...more
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Published September 5th 2017 by Disney Editions Deluxe
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First off, be warned, this is a coffee table book in size and weight. Don't think you'll be able to easily tote it on mass transit like I did. People will look, and your back will hate you.

Putting that minor gripe aside, though, this book is fantastic from cover to cover. It dives into the history of females who began and ran large parts of the WDS animation team, from the 1920s up to just about modern day. The size of the book is necessary, as there were and are a lot of women who helped make t
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved all the artwork and the flip side of the film views. If you love Old Animation and the backstory of the animation studios...this is the book for you. °o°
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so interesting!

I loved learning about all the women who were involved in the department over the years, all the different roles that they had in the department and, eventually, in animation in general.

It was also a great look at the animation process in general. There were so many things I didn't know and it made me appreciate the process and films even more. The "Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale" scene from Cinderella is even more impressive now!

And yes, this is a book from Disney publish
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, art
I was wondering why this book is so big into walt disney as benevolent patriarch, and portrayed workers striking for better conditions as immature and short-sighted, and treated the sexism of the company and its male workers towards female workers as not much more than some good-natured hazing, and then it turned out this book was printed by disney's publishing arm.

largely good research, but 1) the above and 2) needed better copyediting, typos and awkward phrasing and plenty of [sic]s where ther
Absolutely gorgeous volume celebrating the women that made Disney animation possible from its earliest days. As a little girl, I so wanted to be an animator. I figured out pretty early on I am lacking any kind of artistic talent but the women on these pages meant I could dream about it! Meticulous research, in-depth explanation of the techniques and painstaking work the women of Ink & Paint, and across the company, did to help create the movies we all grew up with. Must-read for any Disney fan b ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bible (so, so long) but it was good. There was a lot of new information in this book that I wasn’t aware of before. I really enjoyed the details of how Ink and Paint worked all those years ago. I kind of wish in another life I was a painter there.

Definitely worth a read if you are a fan of Disney and how animation worked and changed over the years.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely detailed journey of Walt Disney studios and the women who helped shape the world of animation, amazing read!
But as another reviewer mentioned, this book is huge! Plan to sit at home or sprawl on your bed, certainly not a beach read or commuter book!
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for anyone interested in animation.
Jillian Howell
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disney
This research is extensive, but delightfully so. It is well-organized and visually appealing, playing upon the artistic and colorful aspects of its subjects. Anecdotes and archival photos will change the way you watch any Disney animated film. The women were resourceful, hardworking, and artists, despite being marginalized or unrecognized for so many decades. Rather than giving a laundry list of women's names and achievements, the text unravels the entire history of Disney Animation and uncoveri ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite its physically awkward and bulky size this book is an excellent resource not only for learning about the Ink and Paint (and a few other connected departments) women in Disney animation history but for the detail of animation history in general. Beyond the women aspect there was a lot of technical information that was really useful so that the reader can grasp the mountains these women moved. It was a nice perspective change because often you only hear about lead people/department heads/t ...more
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well packaged and presented, but unfortunately a whitewashing look at the benevolent patriarchy of a studio where women were confined to supposedly lesser work. Add in a weirdly anti-union coverage of the strike of 1941 that brought in worker protections and it’s obvious how this is a Disney publication. Would love to see a version of this book written from an objective perspective.
Alex Lawless
I truly enjoyed reading through this. What a comprehensive history of animation in general, but specifically animation from Disney, this is book. It starts from the very beginning of Disney animation and ends with The Rescuers Down Under, with some brief mentions of other early 90's films. The biggest focus is on the early years and the start of the Hyperion and then Burbank studios. It also chronicles the animation studio's transition from hand ink and paint to xerograph, and from xerograph to ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, disney
This was obviously extensively researched, and it shows. The breadth of people that Mindy Johnson was able to either speak with, or (in the case of those who are deceased) pull quotes from made this feel less like a book and more like hundreds of women were telling me what Disney Studios was like back in the day. At times it could be confusing keeping all the names straight, but I appreciated that the author would normally include something to remind you who someone was if it was their first men ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Johnson, Mindy Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, 363 pages. Disney Enterprises, 2017. $60. Content: G

Johnson has gone overboard and created an exhausting look at the detailed history of Walt Disney’s life and business intertwined with glimpses at the women – I think EVERY SINGLE WOMAN – who has ever had anything to do with Disney on a corporate level in every single incarnation. Unfortunately the book is unwieldy instead of being enlightening. It dwells more on the minutiae of D
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot even the imagine the amount of work that went into making this piece. My few and far between complaints were really about organization and consistency, but gosh what a read! It was a feat in length and in attempting to hurdle the technical jargon in particular, but the stories told and obstacles surmounted by these women surpass any hiccups in style or writing that I could see. It’s a commitment read for sure, but if you have time or read a bit here and there, it’s definitely worth it! ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the parts about the art (the artistry and the technological advances).
Let's face it, if you like Disney or animation at all, you are going to like this book.
The historical sexism was kind of hard to take, as were some of the disjointed, transition-less jumps between topics. Plus the book was very big and heavy; some folks might literally have a hard time picking it up. But probably worth the effort.
Megan Deppe
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really interesting to read about the history of Disney with this context - we still got a great view of how the company became what we know and love today, but there was an emphasis on the women who were a part of it, and in some cases it was such a large part it's hard to think that we haven't talked about it before. It's a very good historic walk-through. ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book! Not only is it an amazing recounting of Disney history told through a female lens, it also covers 70 years of animation history beautifully. It has deepened my appreciation for animation even more.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an exhaustive history of the inkers and painters of the Disney enterprise. Packed with detail and lots of interesting information. True Disney fans will totally dig it. I'm a fan, but not the biggest. After a couple of months, I made it 200 pages in and ended up not finishing. ...more
Sarah Wennerlund
Absolutely incredible look into the women of the Walt Disney Studios. A lot of the facts and stories in Ink & Paint were brand new to me (even as someone who voraciously reads about Disney history). A must-add to any female history or Disney fan's collection. ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
Wow, it not only explained about women in animation, but the changes in animation throughout the 20th century. The book was large and heavy, though, so rather unwieldy to read, but it made sense with the amount of pictures.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disney
If you're at all interested in Disney history, this book is excellent! A very detailed look at the history of ink and paint, including the way that techniques evolved over the years. It's all set within the framework of women's history, giving it a lot broader meaning. ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and interesting book but it was literally too big to read comfortably. I had to sit at a table.
Amy DeRosa
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing though quite large. It goes in detail about the process of Walt Disney's Animation and the women who worked there. ...more
Gaëlle Desigual
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book, I learnt so much, really interesting! A bit hard for someone not from a field and English is not my first languague but read it cover to cover!
Jen Pritchard
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps the most comprehensive inside look into the workings of the Disney Studios. A real fascinating treat.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful, thorough insight into the phenomenally talented women who often worked unseen and unacknowledged on Disney’s animated movies and shorts.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you thought the movers and shakers of the early days at the Walt Disney Studios and beyond were just men, think again.

Did you know that Sylvia Holland was the only woman working as a professional architect in the entire country of Canada at one point? Did you know that Mary Costa performed at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral at the request of his wife, Mrs. Jackie Kennedy? What about Nelbert Chouinard – did you know she helped Disney animators improve their skills so Walt could bring Snow
Sarah Wise
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. As an artist. As a woman. As a Disney fan. It’s a beautiful book full of fascinating history about the women who have brought Disney’s animations to life.
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