As the Walt Disney Studio entered its first decade and embarked on some of the most ambitious animated films of the time, Disney hired "concept artists." Their sole mission was to explore ideas and inspire their fellow animators. This showcases four of these pioneers and features artwork they developed.
They did material for the Disney shorts from the 1930s, including many unproduced projects, as well as for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and some early work for later features such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
This also introduces new biographical material about the artists and includes largely unpublished artwork from the depths of the Walt Disney Archives and the Disney Animation Research Library. This volume offers a window into the most inspiring work created by the best Disney artists during the studio's early golden age.
They Drew as They Pleased is the first in what promises to be a revealing and fascinating series of books about Disney's largely unexamined concept artists, with six volumes spanning the decades between the 1930s and 1990s. The material here is wonderful. Both Hurter and Horvath are hugely respected by people who know their work, but they are not names commonly known to general Disney fans--neither is Majoilie. Only Tenggren has gotten much exposure, since he did so much with Fantasia and Pinocchio.
Didier Ghez is the author of Disney's Grand Tour and Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality, and the editor of the Walt's People book series.
Pete Docter is vice president of creative at Pixar Animation Studios and the writer and director of Disney Pixar's Inside Out. He also directed the Academy Award-winning feature films Monsters, Inc. and Up.