In the 1970s and 1980s, the Disney animation studio redefined its creative vision in the wake of Walt Disney's death. This latest volume from renowned Disney historian Didier Ghez profiles Ken Anderson and Mel Shaw, whose work defined beloved classic Disney characters from films like The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, and The Rescuers. With vivid descriptions of passages from the artists' autobiographies and interviews, accompanied by never-before-seen images of their art and process, this visually rich collection offers a rare view of the Disney leg¬ends whose work helped shape the nature of character and story development for generations to come.
"A strength of this book is that it does focus on the films through the lens of Anderson and Shaw's work, diving deep into their entire careers at Disney. It is a biography of them as much as it is a book of art, and I really appreciate the attention to detail. Half of the fun of books like this is following the process of sketch to screen, and by making the men behind the drawings very real, it really adds to the story." -Cultured Vultures
"Didier Ghez's series for Chronicle Books under the umbrella title 'They Drew as They Pleased' has been the most consistently excellent series of Disney art books of the last few decades...The reason is not hard to spot, especially when you read Ghez's preface for the newest volume. He has an affection for the drawings reproduced in the books, and an absorbing interest in them, that other writers simply cannot match." - Michael Barrier
"The stories of Ken Anderson and Mel Shaw come to life in a whole new way, with page-after-page of artwork from each luminary from their entire career at Disney...I'm always fascinated by what could've been, which is part of the thrill of this series. Disney Animation fans get to learn more about some shelved projects, which span from some unproduced shorts to feature films. Some rare concept art from projects like Chanticleer, Musicana, Reynard the Fox, The Rainbow Road to Oz, Catfish Bend, Hamster Hamlet, Scruffy, The Little Broomstick, and The Hero from Otherwhere. More information on what each film could've been like can be found in the chapters, backed up by developmental artwork." - The Laughing Place