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Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance

Overcoming adversity, believing in yourself, and happy endings don’t just happen in Disney animated movies; they also happen at Disney. Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance tells the story of the studio's comeback with their hit animated films in the 1990s. It’s a story worthy of Disney’s most beloved fables and fairy tales…but this story happened in real life!

Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance begins just after the passing of Walt Disney in 1966 and provides a chronological journey of how a group of Disney artists, trained by legends who had worked on the studio’s classic films, believed in the power of storytelling and the hallmarks of Disney and transformed animation at the studio in a re-birth the likes of which had never been seen.

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Each Disney animated film from 1988’s Oliver & Company through 2000’s The Emperor’s New Groove is detailed:

  • How music was a watershed moment for The Little Mermaid.

  • How irreverence released a Genie from the lamp in Aladdin.

  • How The Nightmare Before Christmas went from a forgotten project to a scary success.

  • How the blockbuster success of The Lion King was an actual “Circle of Life” moment for the studio.

  • How a partnership with Pixar for Toy Story took animation “To infinity and beyond!”

  • …and much more!

Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance contains insight from producers, directors, animators, art directors, story artists, and executives conducted during the Renaissance and gathered together in this book for the first time.

These include producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), animators Glen Keane (Ariel, Aladdin & Tarzan), Eric Goldberg (the Genie), Andreas Deja (Jafar & Scar), directors Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie & Tarzan) and Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, who was instrumental in shepherding this unprecedented period at the studio.


Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance will enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of these beloved films. You may have watched them countless times, but after reading, you will want to watch them all over again! This is a book that will resonate with Disney enthusiasts, film fans, and those who have grown up with and been inspired by the groundbreaking films produced during Disney’s Animation Renaissance.

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