On October 7, 2014, Disney Editions will release Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man, a 208 page hardcover volume that details the contributions of one of The Walt Disney Company’s most influential artists as written by some of the company’s most influential artists. The publisher’s description is as follows:
Walt Disney once said of Marc Davis, ‘Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it’s there! He’s my Renaissance man.’ As such, Davis touched nearly every aspect of The Walt Disney Company during his tenure. He began as an animator, whose supporting work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Bambi inspired Walt to promote him to full animator.
In the ensuing years, Davis breathed life into a bevy of iconic Disney characters, including Cinderella, Alice (in Wonderland), Tinker Bell, Maleficent and Cruella De Vil. Then, in 1962, Walt Disney transferred the versatile Davis to the Imagineering department to help plan and design attractions for Disneyland and the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. While at Imagineering, Davis conceived of designs for such classic attractions as Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.
As Davis had so many talents and hats, it is only fitting that this tribute be composed by a multitude of talented writers. Experts in fine art, animation, Imagineering, and filmmaking have come together to honor Davis’s contributions to their realms. Each chapter is accompanied by a wealth of artwork, much of which was offered up by Alice Davis exclusively for this book. This volume is both the biography and the portfolio of a man who was, on any given day, animator, Imagineer, world traveler, philanthropist, husband, and teacher.
Contributing to the work are: John Canemaker (Introduction), Bob Kurtz (Marc as Teacher), Andreas Deja (Animal Studies), Glen Keane (Sketchbooks), Marc Davis (Anatomy of Motion), Pete Docter (Animation Art), Charles Solomon (Chanticleer), Marty Sklar (Imagineering), Don Hahn (Fine Art), Paula Sigman Lowery (Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands), Mindy Johnson (The Divine Miss Alice) and Randy Haberkamp (Afterword).
Below is a gallery of some sample pages of the book which also features many items directly from the private collection of Davis’ widow, Alice, and has never been seen in print before. For more information or to pre-order, visit Amazon.