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Walt Disney's Tomorrow is Our Today

Posted on December 19 2017

       

More than just an entertainer, Walt Disney was an entrepreneur, and he was true to his times, as presented in YESTERDAY'S TOMORROW.

The look of the 1950s and 60s was ever-apparent in the stylistic choices Disney made within his own life, both in the studio and at home. His imaginative visual style, plus hard-driving business sense and carnival-barker enthusiasm, helped shape expectations of a future lifestyle for all Americans. All things seemed possible during this time, and even science fiction could come true, like putting a man on the moon!

This book documents the creative approach that Walt Disney and his artists contributed to the period. Features the origins of Disneyland, as illustrated with behind-the-scenes photos, discussing the design of the park and the art directors involved. Other chapters cover Houses of the Future, Magic Highways, Television Phenomenon, Space Exploration, City of Tomorrow. Never-before-published artwork from the Disney archives are displayed in 26 chapters that organize the book, loosely on a chronological timeline. The art, design, and animation of Walt Disney Studios is a theme throughout, including work from illustrators like Mary Blair (designer of "It's a Small World") .

An acclaimed film-maker, author Don Hahn is best known for creating "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), a break-through - and beloved - animated movie. He is also the author of educational publications such as "Drawn To Life," and "Before Ever After: The Lost Lectures of Walt Disney." More recently, he produced a documentary called "Waking Sleeping Beauty."

This latest book, subtitled Disney's Magical Mid-Century, is Hahn's valentine to an epoch of optimism, relaxed lifestyle, and innovative design, an era summed up within the ambitious personality of Walt Disney. For other upcoming books on retro futurism, see more in Mid Century Modern.

     

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