In honor of the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Weldon Owen is releasing two new collections that chronicle the complete making of the ground-breaking animated movie beloved by so children and adults around the world.
The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a stunning, hardcover, collector’s tome. This book is the first to reconstruct the making of the film and the process in exacting detail, with the loving attention it deserves from an internationally noted film scholar. Author J.B. Kaufman spent years researching the film’s history, interviewing participants, and studying the marvelous archival art that appears in these pages. The result is a work that can be appreciated equally as a piece of film history and as a collectable art book, a joy for anyone who loves film, animation, and the magical world that Walt Disney created.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film features over 200 pieces of art, many reproduced from original concept sketches, background paintings, and production cels, as well as alternate character concepts, deleted scenes, and step-by-step process shots. Filled with phenomenal stories, never-before seen artwork, and surprising details from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, this pair of books are the first to reconstruct the filmmaking behind Snow White with the loving attention it deserves from internationally noted film scholar, J.B. Kaufman.
A true pioneer in animation, Disney Studios four-year labor of love has only grown in relevance, named as one of the best movies of all time by the American Film Institute, and starring as this fall’s premiere exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum.
75 years later, Snow White’s legacy lives on and these books provide beautiful testament to the film’s rich history and the artistry behind the magic of Disney, making them true collectibles for years to come.
About the Author
J.B. Kaufman is an author and film historian on the staff of the Walt Disney Family Foundation, and has published extensively on topics including Disney animation and American silent film. He is coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of two essential reference works on Disney animation history: Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney (1992; winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Award and the Society for Animation Studies’ Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart Award, and chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year), and Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series (2006). Kaufman was also a regular contributor to the Griffith Project at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the distinguished annual silent-film festival in Pordenone, Italy.