New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang . Johnston, Ollie and Thomas, Frank. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size, 208 pp., signed by Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, and Maurice Noble. Fine / Near Fine. Item #14072501
Both the book and the companion flip book are signed by animators Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, and Maurice Noble. Johnston, Thomas, and Davis were three of Walt Disneys' "Nine Old Men", and Marc Davis developed and animated the characters of Bambi and Thumper. Maurice Noble was with Disney Studios for the early part of his career and worked on the development of the Bambi film.
Who amongst us has not either read the book by Felix Salten, published in the 1920s, or seen the film done in 1942? As the authors wrote, "From the start, 'Bambi' was a very different picture. It had a fantasy and reality all its own, separate from Walt Disney's other films. This was no imaginary forest that one could enter and leave at will. Whoever ventured in became part of an experience so strong that neither heart nor mind could ever forget its impact".
This book bridges the worlds between the book and the film, and invite us into the world in which the authors and animators worked and lived every day: how to bring the magic of the book and the story onto the big screen. Apparently Walt Disney himself envisioned such a book, for the authors dedicated the book to him with the following words: "We dedicate this book to Walt Disney, who asked for it fifty years ago....Sorry, Walt - you always said we were slow".
We are offering this set together, as they were originally sold and as they were meant to be, with both the Flip Book and the standard volume. BOTH VOLUMES ARE SIGNED BY ALL FOUR ARTISTS. The companion Flip Book displays short animation sequences for Bambi (Ollie Johnston), Thumper (Frank Thomas), Friend Owl (Eric Larson) and Bambi as the grown buck (Milt Kahl).
___DESCRIPTION: BAMBI - red cloth boards with title embossed on the front, silver lettering on the spine, pictorial endpapers (etchings of Bambi's head), four artist's signatures on the half-title page, pictorial frontispiece, title page in royal purple and black with small vignette of Bambi and Thumper, the volume is replete with vintage photographs, drawings and etchings. Dust jacket shows a single animation cell on the front depicting Bambi, Thumper and Flower, summary of the book on the front flap, author bios on the back flap, 208 pages. FLIP BOOK is softbound with pictorial cardboard wraps that mirror the dust jacket on the front, four artist's signatures on the title page, no text as all pages are devoted to the animation, statement on the back wrap stating the volume is not for individual sale, unpaginated, comprised of 48 leaves, 16 mo.
___CONDITION: The main volume, BAMBI, is in absolutely pristine condition with no flaws that we can detect, including being free of prior owner markings. The unclipped (but not priced) dust jacket shows a small amount of sunning to the front near the spine, else fine. The FLIP BOOK is fine with no creases or edgewear at all, it appears to be unread and is also free of prior owner markings.
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