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“Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man” To Be Published by Disney Editions

In October, Disney Editions will release Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man, a 208-page portfolio of artwork dedicated to the legendary Disney animator and Imagineer. Disney has crowdsourced the authorship of the book, and has recruited nearly a dozen contributors to the book: Bob Kurtz, Andreas Deja, Glen Keane, Pete Docter, John Canemaker, Charles Solomon, Marty Sklar, Don Hahn, Paula Sigman Lowery, Mindy Johnson, and Randy Haberkamp. Here is the published description of the book:

Walt Disney once said of Marc Davis, “Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it’s there! He’s my Renaissance man.” As such, Davis touched nearly every aspect of The Walt Disney Company during his tenure. He began as an animator, whose supporting work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi inspired Walt to promote him to full animator.

In the ensuing years, Davis breathed life into a bevy of iconic Disney characters, including Cinderella, Alice (in Wonderland), Tinker Bell, Maleficent, and Cruella De Vil. Then, in 1962, Walt Disney transferred the versatile Davis to the Imagineering department to help plan and design attractions for Disneyland and the 1964 65 New York World’s Fair. While at Imagineering, Davis conceived of designs for such classic attractions as Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Haunted Mansion.

As Davis had so many talents and hats, it is only fitting that this tribute be composed by a multitude of talented writers. Experts in fine art, animation, Imagineering, and filmmaking have come together to honor Davis’s contributions to their realms. Each chapter is accompanied by a wealth of artwork, much of which was offered up by Alice Davis exclusively for this book. This volume is both the biography and the portfolio of a man who was, on any given day, animator, Imagineer, world traveler, philanthropist, husband, and teacher.

Pre-order the book for $30.67 on Amazon.

(via Disney History)

  • Just added to my Amazon wish list!

  • Strong Enough

    all i’m saying is if Disney can let Escape From Tomorrow be released why can’t it let Amid’s Ward book shine? damn shame

    • I’m still praying for some “inexplicable” leak. The animation world deserves to read this book one way or another.

  • If I can’t have Ward Kimball, this might be second or third best (Milt Kahl would also be top on my list). I just hope this one doesn’t get delayed till 2015, 16, 17, never….

  • roo2

    Pre-ordered it from Book Depository, can’t wait for the shiny, new copy to be in my hands this October!
    I wish Disney did this for the other 9 old man, a more extensive portfolio of Mary Blair and a book collection of Evyind Earle’s paintings.

  • blueridinghood

    Finally got it- what an absolute treat. Here’s hoping they continue to do this for the rest of the 9 Old Men, particularly Kimball and Kahl! This has been late enough!