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Learn from the men who changed animation forever

Walt Disney’s team of core animators, who he affectionately called his "Nine Old Men," were known for creating Disney’s most famous works, as well as refining the 12 basic principles of animation. Follow master animator and Disney legend Andreas Deja as he takes you through the minds and works of these notable animators. An apprentice to the Nine Old Men himself, Deja gives special attention to each animator and provides a thoughtful analysis on their techniques that include figure drawing, acting, story structure, and execution. The in-depth analysis of each animator’s work will allow you to refine your approach to character animation. Rare sequential drawings from the Disney archives also give you unprecedented access and insight into the most creative minds that changed the course of animation.

  • Instruction and analysis on the works of each of the Nine Old Men broaden your creative choices and approaches to character animation
  • Original drawings, some never-before-seen by the public are explored in depth, giving you behind-the-scenes access into Disney animation history
  • Gain first-hand insight into the foundation of timeless characters and scenes from some of Disney’s most memorable feature and short films

About the Author

Andreas Deja was ten years old when he first applied for a job as a Disney animator. The Walt Disney Studios wrote back to Deja telling him that they had no openings, but were always on the lookout for new talent. At the age of 20, he applied again and was accepted. This launched a long and successful career with Disney. Deja has left his mark on some of the most memorable and successful Disney animated features and shorts. His early work includes animation and character design for The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In addition, he is known for his animation of some of Disney’s most evil villains: Gaston, Jafar, and Scar. The list of memorable characters continues with King Triton, Mickey Mouse, Hercules, Lilo, Goofy, Tigger, Mama Odie, and Juju. In 2006, at the 35th Annie Awards, Deja was awarded the Winsor McCay Award for outstanding contribution to the art of animation. In 2015, he was named a Disney Legend by the Walt Disney Company. Presently, Deja is working on his own independent animated short films and is actively involved in his animation-related blog, Deja View.

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Vimacone
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The Work of the Nine Old Men
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2017
The Nine Old Men, the key animators of the 1940''s and 50''s, continue to inspire many up and coming animators. Andreas Deja, one of the leading Disney animators of the Renaissance era, knew and was taught by most of the Nine Old Men and writes about their careers and... See more
The Nine Old Men, the key animators of the 1940''s and 50''s, continue to inspire many up and coming animators.
Andreas Deja, one of the leading Disney animators of the Renaissance era, knew and was taught by most of the Nine Old Men and writes about their careers and contributions to Disney Animation.
Unlike Canemaker''s earlier book which chronicled the lives of the Nine Old Men, Deja focuses on their skills and animation style while providing many animation sketches of a few scenes from a given film. I love the craft of these animation drawings.
For up and coming animators, this should provide inspiration and insight on how to approach various animation aspects.

Deja has hinted on writing about the other "earlier generation" of Disney animators (a book that needs to be written) as well as coffee table books on individual animators such as Milt Kahl (which would be a real treat).

A great read for animators and Disney enthusiasts.
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Kindle Customer Timothy Jay
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Simply Brilliant!!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2015
Simply Brilliant! This book could NOT have been written by ANYONE else. Andreas KNEW almost all of them. So these are FACTS, not opinions. I worked at Disney Animation many years ago. And I have been waiting along time for a book like this! The way Andreas fills the... See more
Simply Brilliant! This book could NOT have been written by ANYONE else. Andreas KNEW almost all of them. So these are FACTS, not opinions.
I worked at Disney Animation many years ago. And I have been waiting along time for a book like this! The way Andreas fills the page with heartfelt stories, and techniques and using negative space to fill with beautiful images. BREATHTAKING! If you''re a fan of a Walt Disney, Andreas Deja or animation you MUST buy this book!
I can''t wait to sit down and start sketching! Not that I can hold a candle to any of these artists. But you can''t help to be utterly inspired. Thank you Andreas! A legend animator creates a legendary book!!!
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K. Henderson
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Not an instructional book, but great anyway
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2016
It may say "lessons, techniques, and inspiration" but this is more a series of biographies than anything else. If anything, you will glean some teachings imperceptibly by studying the drawings and sequences inside. There are hints of how and why the 9 animated the... See more
It may say "lessons, techniques, and inspiration" but this is more a series of biographies than anything else. If anything, you will glean some teachings imperceptibly by studying the drawings and sequences inside. There are hints of how and why the 9 animated the way they did, but nothing explicitly instructional from them, for obvious reasons.

That said, it''s a good read, and the drawings are fun to look at... You may even remember the scene or short illustrated.
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Kevin
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Great stories
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020
Great stories of some of the greatest animators of our time! The photos and illustrations are great as well. As far as the "Lessons and Techniques" there isn''t much to speak of. This really is more of a history book than a "How to animate" book.
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TJ
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Good history on the development of animation at Disney
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
Interesting historical review on how the Disney company created modern animation. Recommended to those interested in popular or cultural history.
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Maili Taniguchi
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Legendary
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2015
I''ve been waiting forever for this book!! It''s so beautiful! I was not disappointed with its content! Detailed a ketches of each artist and great, applicable background stories for any artist wanting to make themselves legendary 😉
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Joshua Garfinkle
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Great Book
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2016
By: Joshua Garfinkle: I purchased this book for one of my children. The book is coffee table quality, with a nice cover, and has kept my 17 year old enthralled for hours.
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Jim
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Wow! Amazing!!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2015
I waited a good long time for this book to finally come out. I have been fascinated with Disney''s 9 old men and their work for quite some time. I also have been following Andreas Deja''s blog, also being a big fan of his storied life''s work. I finally received my copy of the... See more
I waited a good long time for this book to finally come out. I have been fascinated with Disney''s 9 old men and their work for quite some time. I also have been following Andreas Deja''s blog, also being a big fan of his storied life''s work. I finally received my copy of the book and was not disappointed at all! What a great resource for fans of traditional 2D animation this book is! The insights of Andreas Deja are like no other, he knew these men and worked closely with most of them during his apprenticeship and career with Disney. If you are a fan of Disney, this book is a must have. If you know someone who aspires to me an animator, again this book is a must!!!
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Brandon
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Great content underwhelmed by the awful book quality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2015
I expected to be wowed by this much anticipated book, but i''m not sure if this was both manufactured and packaged by a gorilla, but the quality of this book is appaling. Looks like a rushed prototype made for a college design course, it really puts me off the content...See more
I expected to be wowed by this much anticipated book, but i''m not sure if this was both manufactured and packaged by a gorilla, but the quality of this book is appaling. Looks like a rushed prototype made for a college design course, it really puts me off the content because my eye just draws me to the warped edges of every page. There are bubbles between the paper and cover which look really tacky, dirt, scuffs and some indents on the front cover. The quality of the book ought to match the beautiful content which is why it is so very underwhelming, this is the poorest quality i''ve seen in a while and did not expect this book to look so poor.
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Kinga
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Amazing book, but buy it somewhere else
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2020
Fantastic book, but it was delivered dirty and damaged. Also some of the pages were bent (they are quite thin, it all feels very delicate). For a nice album/Coffee table book that’s really bad.
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Peter
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A real treasure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2016
This is a beautifully written and presented book. When turning the pages you are aware that this is something of quality. I haven''t read much but so far the drawings are beautiful, and what I have read so far is well written.
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bookworm
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Animators heaven
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2015
Fantastic overview of the 9 old men, with incredibly generous offering of rough and clean animation drawings reproduced in great detail with commentary by someone who knows what he''s talking about.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2016
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