Item description for Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble by Robert J. Mckinnon...
Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble reveals the extraordinary personal journey of one of the pioneers of the "Golden Age of Animation." In a career spanning seven decades, Noble (1911-2001) developed a unique, creative philosophy that enabled him to play an integral role in many of the best-loved animated films ever made, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, What's Opera, Doc?, Duck Dodgers in the 24th Century, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and many others.
The author presents Noble's inside view of the workings of the celebrated Disney Studio during its earliest days, the triumph of the groundbreaking animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the notorious strike that changed everything. The book also examines Noble's stint in WWII and his fortuitous alliance with Theodore (Dr. Seuss) Geisel and Col. Frank Capra. The three helped create inspirational short films for U.S. Armed Forces.
Noble's best known and most highly regarded work took place at the Warner Bros. Studio. This volume covers his long and fruitful collaboration there with the legendary director Chuck Jones. At Warner Bros., the artist's wealth of experience enabled him to create unsurpassed concepts of animated cartoon design that have delighted generations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1934110434 ISBN13 9781934110430
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Remembering Maurice Jun 26, 2008
This is the first concise review of one of the great stylists of the Golden Age of Hollywood cartoons. You may not have known Maurice personally, but you enjoyed his work. Every time a Roadrunner cartoon or Bugs Bunny, you saw Maurice's wonderful design sense. This book not only speaks about his work, but also his influence on the subsequent generations of artists. And it gives you a good sense of the man's passion and drive.
All hail Maurice Apr 29, 2008
Anyone with an interest in animation history and technique is well served by this book. A wonderful tribute to a great artist and an insight into the historical technique and approach of film animation. A fun and worthwhile read.
A Must Read for any Animation Enthusiast. Apr 9, 2008
Maurice Noble was a world class artist and designer and a wonderful friend. Its great to see such a comprehensive book on the life of someone who influenced so many contemporary artists.
I stepped into the picture! Mar 20, 2008
I had eagerly awaited Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble, because it brought back fond memories of my friendship with this versatile, remarkable man. I was not disappointed. I remember Maurice as a pleasant, down to earth man, humble and immaculate who surprised us as a gourmet cook and an accomplished piano and organ player. During the early 50's when Maurice was a sojourner in St. Louis, the rage for renovating kitchens was the snazzy Youngstown look--a stark, utilitarian style of metal cabinets and appliances. While my kitchen was being redecorated in this latest fashion, no coordinating backdrop had yet been selected. Maurice instinctively sensed artistic urgency and had the prescription. He took charge by saying, "Let me take care of this matter!" Maurice planned and oversaw the installation details that centered on the unusual and imaginative color scheme of purple and green wallpaper depicting flowers and grapes. These striking features wonderfully offset and enriched the plain white Deco equipment. An illusion of crawling vines encircling the room and meeting above the sink at a focal point was just what was needed. Everyone who saw this distinctive room expressed amazement. I guess you could say that we really stepped into the picture!
Very enjoyable and interesting book Mar 4, 2008
Stepping Into the Picture is a terrific read for anyone with even a passing interest in the golden age of animation. For someone like myself who enjoyed the Warner Brothers cartoons growing up, this book gave a very entertaining insider's look at how the films were made and the personalities and events that shaped them. Maurice is a fascinating character and Robert Mckinnon's book is well researched and full of interesting anecdotes from interviews with the artist. The next time I watch a Maurice Noble Warner or Disney feature I will have a much better appreciation of the artistry behind it because of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend Stepping Into the Picture.