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Disney Animation To Launch Artist Showcase Book Series

The personal styles of individual animation artists will be front and center in a new book series being prepped by Disney Publishing. The Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series will feature artwork by artists currently working at the studio. Unlike Disney’s movie tie-in books that are illustrated by studio artists, the stories and characters in the Showcase series appear to be original creations.

Visual development artist Lorelay Bove illustrated the first book in the series, No Slurping, No Burping!: A Tale of Table Manners, which will be released on March 4. No other titles have been announced yet. The 40-page No Slurping, No Burping! is written by Kara LaReau:

Evie and Simon always mind their manners. But sometimes, they have to mind their father’s, too! In this humorous spin on manners books, two kids teach their father everything he needs to know about mealtime etiquette. Everything is going well, until a surprise visitor arrives for dinner! Will Father be able to remember all of Evie and Simon’s lessons?

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(Images via Stitch Kingdom)

  • DianeM

    Pre-Ordered weeks ago!

  • Rufus

    I like the cautionary tone and relevance of the tale depicted on this page to Disney as a company.

  • Caitlin Cadieux

    This is a really great idea, especially for the artists. Looks really cute.

  • Lucky Jim

    Lorelay Bove is one of my favorite artist working in animation today. I cannot wait to check this out.

  • Alex Irish

    Love the artwork. It’s very Golden Books. Happy to see these studio artists get recognition for their talents.

  • Funkybat

    This is great, a way for kids and families to discover the talent of individual artists that are part of Disney, but have their own style. Until now, seeing the more personal style of specific animation artists really came down to official “art of” books, or small-scale stuff like prints and limited-run comics sold by the artists themselves at conventions, on Etsy and such. This is something other studios would do well to emulate with their own artists.

  • Guest

    if a few of the artists are selected to publish their own books doesn’t that breed some sense of “me too?” from a very big studio of very human artists?

  • Roberto Severino

    Pretty excellent stuff! I applaud this measure.

  • Matt Norcross

    I really hope “No Slurping, No Burping!” becomes a hand-drawn short. They are still doing 2D theatrical shorts after all, although they’re not focusing on hand-drawn features at the moment.

  • Matt Norcross

    Question to Amid not relating to this article: John Lasseter said in an interview to Entertainment Weekly that although Disney isn’t focusing on making hand-drawn animated films at the moment, they’re still doing hand-drawn shorts. Do you think that is the case?

  • mick

    I’d be in for a clip round the ear if I started instructing my parents to mind their manners. Bottom right the father is clearly thinking something along the lines of ‘I’ve spawned a monster’