In conjunction with Walt Disney Studios’ remake of Pete’s Dragon (August 12, 2016), Disney Editions will be releasing a 128-page volume dedicated to Elliott and all of the other famous — and infamous — dragons from Disney’s films and theme parks. Among the iconic dragons in the book are: Mushu from Mulan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone, the Jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland, Queen Narissa from Enchanted, Hades’ hydra from Hercules, the Reluctant Dragon, Figment from Disney’s Epcot and more. The publisher’s description is as follows:
Imagine if one sketchbook had been passed down through the decades from one Disney artist to the next, with each one making a contribution before leaving it in the talented hands of another. That idea was the inspiration for The Art of Disney’s Dragons. The drawings contained within this volume represent the entire range of dragon-themed development art from animators, live-action studio artists, and Imagineers. Inside find playful pencil studies of Mushu; color concepts on Figment (who was green before he became purple!); bold pencil layouts on Maleficent, and the latest character explorations of Elliot [sic] from the new Spring/Summer 2016 live-action film Pete’s Dragon. Tom Bancroft, often recognized in Disney circles as being lead animator on Mushu the dragon in Mulan, writes the book’s introductory essay.
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The Art of Disney’s Dragons is slated for release on June 28, 2016.