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Don Hahn’s "Alchemy of Animation" Arrives October 7, 2008

by on August 12, 2008

Longtime Disney producer Don Hahn has announced that his latest book, The Alchemy of Animation, will be available in stores on October 7, 2008. Hahn stated that “my hope is that it will give everyone a really comprehensive look at the process by which we make animated films at Disney — from traditional animation, to CG to stop-motion,” and that “I think this book is for everybody: people who love animation, people who are intrigued by the process, but most of all, people who just love movies.” The book will include never-before-seen artwork from Disney and Pixar films, including sneak peeks at the upcoming films Bolt and The Princess and the Frog.

Details on the contents of the book follow:

The swift stroke of a pencil, the delicate positioning of a puppet, and the intricate process of building a 3D-render: these are but a few of the magical elements presented by Academy Award nominated producer Don Hahn in his book The Alchemy of Animation. This overview of the animation process across three mediums — hand-drawn, stop-motion and computer-generated — provides an entertaining and informed look at the sorcery behind the creation of such diverse Disney classics as Dumbo, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story, among others. Fans will appreciate the rarely seen artwork ranging from Snow White to the upcoming Bolt, and students of animation will relish the insider’s look at the many steps involved in making such masterpieces.

One of the most successful producers working in Hollywood today, Don Hahn has been working creatively as a filmmaker at The Walt Disney Studios for over 30 years.

Hahn produced the classic Beauty and the Beast, which became the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Motion Picture Academy. His next film, The Lion King, broke box-office records all over the world to become the top-grossing traditionally animated film in Disney history and a long-running blockbuster Broadway musical. Hahn also served as associate producer on the landmark motion picture Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His other films include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and the 2006 short “The Little Matchgirl” which earned Hahn his second Oscar nomination.

He is currently developing the stop-motion animated feature Frankenweenie with director Tim Burton, and directing and producing several documentary projects. Hahn has also authored three books on the art of animation, including the upcoming The Alchemy of Animation, which provides the definitive account of how animated films are created in the modern age.

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