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The Disney That Never Was: The Stories and Art from Five Decades of Unproduced Animation

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From Steamboat Willie to The Lion King, the Walt Disney Studio's contribution to animation has been unparalleled. This unprecendented look at the creative processes behind the scenes at the Disney studio offers a wealth of magnificent animation art from uncompleted films stored in the vast Disney Archives. Photos.
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published November 9th 1995 by Disney Editions
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Drew Graham
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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I bought this book at a sidewalk sale many years ago and leafed through the pages, but I've always been curious about what stories it actually has to tell. This book is a history of Walt Disney Animation with an emphasis on abandoned feature-length and short film projects, including Chanticleer, Hiawatha, a Hans Christian Andersen biography (including hilarious art for The Emperor's New Clothes, a beautiful take on The Emperor's Nightingale and a very early version of The Little Mermaid), severa ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Great information! What killed the book for me was the layout. Often there would be pictures of something that isn’t talked about for three or four pages.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: film-history, disney
after longing to read this fabled and long out of print volume, I finally thought to interlibrary loan it. Good choice, I'm just a bit disappointed on how pedestrian it is. the text is nice, but rather bland---- Disney 101 with interspersed new material. Annoyingly when the text does cover unproduced films, relating pictures are often pages before or after and reappear at random. I have a feeling just a few folders of material was given the OK, and just threaded out as very interesting padding. ...more
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Although I didn't have time to fully read this book, the pictures themselves are enlightening for a Disney lover. Many ideas were dreamed up at Walt Disney Studios—characters developed, storyboards created, and meetings to discuss their possibilities, all documented by notes of the meetings. And that is what is so unusual—that all these ideas were treated like they had value and through the years all this information was safely kept for future reference. It was in these files that Roy E. Disney ...more
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: disney-history
An amazing book filled with artwork from various cartoon shorts and features that never saw the light of day. My only complaints are the organization of the material as artwork from any given production is scattered throughout the book. The text also isn't too well focused on the subject manner, but is still informative. The unproduced shorts and features mentioned in this book are only the tip of the iceberg. There are remains of several other projects that never saw the light of day in the Dis ...more
K. O'Bibliophile
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
There are no surprises in this book, it's exactly what the title sounds like. It's a history of both Disney and the animated film industry at varying times, chronicling the ups and downs, how the cartoons were scripted and made, why some pieces were never produced.

It's actually a very interesting look in Disney and that could have been. There are no really big projects--nothing like another princess, but wartime films, a Fantasia sequel, lots of Mickey/Donald/Goofy shorts, and other stories.

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Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was a fascinating read for a Disney fan. I read a lot about the Disney that is, but I didn't know much about abandoned projects, which is where this book came in handy. The information was interesting, but I wish there could have been more pages of artwork, more pictures and less text.
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