Yesterday Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series: Walt Disney's Nine Old Men: The Flipbooks was released. It is well-known that Walt Disney had a knack for finding talent and that was especially true in the case of his beloved Nine Old Men, who are the focus of this extraordinary set of animation flipbooks. This special tribute set consists of nine hardcover flipbooks and was created by Pete Docter, the famed director of Up. It celebrates the work of Disney Legends Les Clark, Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Mark Davis, Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman and Milt Kahl and I highly recommend this flipbook set to anyone inspired by the animated world of Walt Disney or flipbook animation. This set also includes a small booklet of Disney history and, while it retails for $60, it's currently selling on Amazon for $37.80.
The official description reads: "This box set of nine flipbooks pays tribute to Walt Disney’s original animators – the Nine Old Men: Les Clark, Eric Larson, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Mark Davis, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Milt Kahl. Each flipbook features a scene from an animated Disney feature in its original line-drawn form, having been selected from among a wide range of films for great movement and classic characters. Such iconic clips from the reel of Disney animation history include: Lady and the Tramp’s moonlit spaghetti dinner; Sorcerer Mickey’s ordeal with a horde of mops; and Thumper’s announcement that a prince has been born! In addition to the flipbooks, the box will contain a booklet providing additional information about the artists."