After publishing several books about the making of their animated movies Hyperion/Disney release in
June 1994 the first of a series of successful hardcover coffee table books that extensively cover the

creation of the latest Disney animated film by means of hundreds of beautifully reproduced animation

drawings, production sketches, conceptual material, layouts, storyboards and final stills and a unique

look a the appealing and intricated background paintings.

A feast for the eyes of avid Disney fans, each of these volumes are also an interesting step by step

account of the film projects from their early conception to their final screen release.

The first book, released on June 2 1994 as a movie tie-in, is The Art Of The Lion King. Written by

Christopher Finch and foreworded by Afro American actor James Earl Jones (who plays Mufasa,

Simba’s father) it contains also parts of the film’s screenplay.

Following the steps of the successful “The Art Of The Lion King” Hyperion releases new volumes for

each of the new film released in the next years: “The Art of Pocahontas” by Stephen Rebello,”The Art

of The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Stephen Rebello, “The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation”

by Stephen Rebello, “The Art of Mulan” by Jeff Kurtti, “Tarzan Chronicles” by Howard E. Green and ”
Fantasia 2000 : Visions of Hope” by John Culhane and Roy E. Disney.

In this first article on The Art Of Books, we will be covering the first seven books, releases of the

Disney golden period of the 90’s from the hit film The Lion King to the esoteric Fantasia 2000. The

more “struggling” films of the 2000 and the Disney/Pixar digital movies will be seen in our next articles.

TheArtOf-Graphy – Part One

Title: The Art of The Lion King
Author: Christopher Finch
Hardcover: 192 pages
Original Release Date: June 2 1994
Language: English

Lush, color artwork from Disney’s 1994 animated film – in all stages, from conceptual to finished,
(including the amazing background paintings depicting the beautiful African settings) is accompanied

by a narrative that retells the story of the film and an afterword revealing the inspiration behind the art.
Also available as a miniature book.

Title: The Art of Pocahontas
Author: Stephen Rebello
Hardcover: N/A
Original Release Date: 1995
Language: English

A great book tracing the creation of the beloved Disney animated film from conception to the

completed movie, including wonderful reproductions of concept sketches, background paintings,

storyboards, and interviews with the film’s animators, scriptwriters, and musicians. A Limited Edition

containing a Sericel reproduced from the original animation for the Disney movie was also released.

Also available as a miniature book.


Title: The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Author: Stephen Rebello
Hardcover: 200 pages
Original Release Date: June 13, 1996
Language: English

In a beautiful collection of animation art from Disney’s new film adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre

Dame, conceptual material, sketches, layout drawings, and storyboards are carefully reproduced for

fans to enjoy. Also available as limited edition embossed cover and as a miniature book.

Title: The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation
Author: Stephen Rebello
Hardcover: 200 pages
Original Release Date: June 19, 1997
Language: English

Similar to Disney’s illustrated companion books to its other recent animated films, the companion to

the movie Hercules contains the full range of art produced during the film’s creation. The volume’s

highlight is a section of drawings by production designer Gerald Scarfe, best known for his work on the

film of the rock group Pink Floyd’s album The Wall.

Title: The Art of Mulan
Author: Jeff Kurtti
Hardcover: 192 pages

Original Release Date: June 19, 1998
Language: English

Inspired by a 2,000-year-old Chinese legend, Mulan is the first animated feature film to be primarily produced by Disney’s studio in Orlando, Florida. This richly illustrated volume, The Art of Mulan, reveals the story behind the making of the film and includes more than 350 color and black-and-white illustrations, showcasing a variety of art produced by the many talented artists who worked on the film.

Title: Tarzan Chronicles
Author: Howard E. Green
Hardcover: 192 pages
Original Release Date: June 30, 1999
Language: English

Released in June 1999, Disney’s Tarzan, is a colourful adaptation of a Hollywood favourite and tells

the story of a young man raised by apes in the African jungle who must find his place in the world of

men, or the world of animals. A phenomenal line-up of stars in the film features the voices of Tony

Goldwyn as Tarzan, Minnie Driver as Jane, Glenn Close as Kala, as well as Rosie ODonnell, Nigel

Hawthorne, Wayne Knight, and Lance Henriksen.


Title: Fantasia 2000 : Visions of Hope
Author: John Culhane and Roy E. Disney
Hardcover: 192 pages
Original Release Date: December 15, 1999
Language: English

When Walt Disney created Fantasia in the late 1930s, it was his plan to periodically update the

animated feature film with classical music and state-of-the-art animation techniques. But a

disappointing box office showing forced him to shelve those plans, until now. Under the auspices of

Roy E. Disney, Walts nephew and vice-chairman of The Walt Disney Company, Walts dream will

come true when Fantasia is reborn as Fantasia 2000. Also available as a Signed Edition in slipcase.