Nine Old Men

Weldon Owen

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Celebrate the legacy of Disney’s core group of animators, with Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation, featuring original sketches from classic films such as Pinocchio, Bambi, and Peter Pan—including an exclusive look at the animators’ lives, with personal caricatures and fine artwork.

In the mid-1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the term “Nine Old Men” to describe the nine justices of the Supreme Court, who had seemingly lost touch with the ever-changing times. In jest, Walt Disney borrowed the term several years later to refer to his core team of animators—Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Frank Thomas—even though they were neither old nor out of touch, and in fact would together make history with their cutting-edge contributions to the world of animation.

Produced in conjunction with The Walt Disney Family Museum’s 2018 exhibition of the same name, Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation features an array of fascinating artwork and family mementos from each of these accomplished gentlemen, such as sketchbooks, caricatures, and snapshots, as well as original art from the classic films Pinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). Personal art, paintings, sculptures, flip-books, and hundreds of original animation drawings are all faithfully presented, alongside pencil tests and final color scenes that showcase their genius.


Don Hahn is producer of The Walt Disney Studios' worldwide phenomenon The Lion King (1994) and the animated classic Beauty and the Beast (1991)--the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award(R) in the Best Picture category. Hahn is founder and executive producer of the acclaimed Disney nature films Earth (2007), Oceans (2009), African Cats (2011), and Chimpanzee (2012), as well as Disney's live-action feature Maleficent (2014), starring Angelina Jolie, and the 2017 box office hit Beauty and the Beast. 

Charles Solomon is an internationally respected critic and historian of animation. He has written on the subject for The New York Times , TV Guide , Newsweek , Rolling Stone , Los Angeles Times , Modern Maturity , Film Comment , and The Hollywood Reporter . His books include Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast; Disney Lost and Found, The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation , The Disney That Never Was , and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation , which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award.

Pub Date: 2018 
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 160 
Size: 9.25 x 11.50 inches

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