New This Week: Mary Blair’s Cinderella New This Week: Mary Blair’s Cinderella

New This Week: Mary Blair’s Cinderella

Cinderella by Mary Blair

I’ve mentioned it before but the new Cinderella storybook, illustrated with Mary Blair’s conceptual artwork from the Disney feature, is arriving into bookstores this week. There’s also this article in Publisher’s Weekly which talks about how the project came to fruition, and more importantly, offers the news that two more Disney storybooks using Blair’s concept art are scheduled: Alice in Wonderland in ’08 and Peter Pan in ’09.

  • Brian Kidd

    Mary Blair is probably my favorite conceptual artist who worked at Disney. It is so good to see that Disney still values her contribution to their legacy. Now if we could only get back her murals in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. :)

  • intergalactic

    I was very surprised to first hear of this. My wife and I have a little girl and I just recently added this to my wish list on amazon, I look forward to being able to read a book with such beautiful art to the next generation of Mary Blair admirers.

  • Chuck R.

    “two more scheduled: Alice in Wonderland in ‘08 and Peter Pan in ‘09.”

    What!? No “Three Caballeros” book?
    Seriously, I’ve got this on a wish list for my 3-year old too. Should be a great companion to the Golden Book. Can’t wait to read it to her!
    Thanks for the reminder!

  • Jonathan G.

    I was going to post almost exactly what intergalactic said.

    My 4 3/4 year-old daughter’s first favorite book was Blair’s I Can Fly (which I was hipped to here) and we’d been awaiting this release anxiously.

  • Jeff Kurtti

    Not only is the visual art exquisite, as might be expected, the retelling (by Newbery Medal-winning Cynthia Rylant) is smart, sophisticated, and elegant.

    “This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about Love.”

    A real Home Run for Disney fans, and thos who love good children’s books,too.

  • fresh. can’t wait!

  • And, this is only the beginning. Still more great stuff to come.

    This is what happens when an artist — not a businessman is in charge.


  • There are several Disney films that might be interesting to see in conceptual art form. How about a “20,000 Leagues” graphic novel?

  • Yay.

  • *sigh* Mary is the best. On the one hand I think that her work is pretty objective in a way. I think that it doesn’t really brings forth a lot of warmth, which many Disney films of her time DO have. But on the other hand, man, she is a designer supreme. Her sence of colouring and compostion is ON THE SPOT!!! She knows how to get athmosphere across you know.
    Unfortunatly I’ve seen quite some “artists” copy her style.

    Anyways, those books will be mine!!! :D


  • Fantastic news! And I can’t wait for the others in the series! Mary Blair’s work will always be fresh and delightful!