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Thursday, 28 August 2014

NEW! Disney Book Titles & Upcoming Final Fantasy Box Set!

Hi! This is D'Lux and I've finally come up with some awesome books that have been released recently and one Final Fantasy box set that is due out in November.

 'Sleeping Beauty' remains one of the most celebrated of all fairy tales. First published by Charles Perrault in 1697, his vision of the ageless, enchanted princess slumbering in her vine-encrusted tower has fascinated readers and artists for more 300 years - three times as long as the heroine slept. This heavily-illustrated book traces the history of that fascination, which has manifested itself in literature, fine art, poetry, music and film.

To start off with, the beautiful hardcover Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent by Charles Solomon came out in June to coincide with the release of Disney's hit movie Maleficent. I loved the movie but didn't know what to expect from this book thinking that maybe it would focus on Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty. And, yes it does, but it also features quite a bit on the making of Maleficent. It's a beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations and photos from the movies. Highly recommended if you're collecting "The Art of ..." books.

Another book by Charles Solomon (my, he has been busy!) is The Art of the Disney Golden Books, released in April

The Art of the Disney Golden Books celebrates a legacy that has now thrived for more than eighty years and continues to influence new generations of artists and filmmakers. Through interviews with contemporary animators who recall tracing the characters in their childhood Disney Golden Books, paintings by artists who influenced and inspired the Disney Golden Book illustrations, and a generous complement of Golden Book artwork-much of which was thought to have been lost until very recently-the rich tradition of the series is explored in this vibrant volume. From Peter Pan and Cinderella to Toy Story and Tangled, the Disney Golden Books are displayed in all their glory, evoking a poignant sense of wonder and nostalgia. For as long as parents and children partake in the ritual of reading together at bedtime, the Disney Golden Books will continue to be published, enjoyed, and treasured.

And, in May, we saw the release The Art and Flair of Mary Blair by John Canemaker hit the shelves too!

Includes bibliographical references and index.; For more than a dozen years, a soft spoken, unassuming woman dominated design at The Walt Disney Studios with a joyful creativity and exuberant color palette that stamped the look of many classic Disney animated features, including Cinderella and Peter Pan. Favorite theme park attractions, most notably the It's A Small World boat ride, originally created for the 1964 New York World's Fair, were also among her designs. Now the story behind one of Walt's favorite artists is celebrated in this delightful volume of whimsical art and insightful commentary. In her prime, Mary Blair was an amazingly prolific American artist who enlivened and influenced the not-so-small worlds of film, print, theme parks, architectural decor, and advertising. Her art represented and communicated pure pleasure to the viewer. Mary Blair's personal flair was at one with the imagery that flowed effortlessly and continually from her brush for more than half a century. Walt Disney loved her art and championed it at the Studio. The two shared many sensibilities, including a childlike fondness for playfulness in imagery.

This isn't a book but still quite collectable...

One hundred unique postcards featuring concept art, some never before published, spanning the films of Disney's golden age of animation.

Finally... This November release will please Final Fantasy die-hard fans:

The Final Fantasy Box Set is a must have for fans of this beloved series.
- The set includes hardcover versions of "Final Fantasy VII," "Final Fantasy VIII" and "Final Fantasy IX, "each comes with a ribbon bookmark and deluxe cover treatment.
- Each guide has been redesigned from scratch and updated with new high resolution screen shots. In addition, the set comes with three iconic game images printed for first time as holographic lithographs.
- The three holographic prints are secured in a beautiful slipcase with magnetic closure.
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