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The Disney Animation Renaissance: Behind the Glass at the Florida Studio
by Mary E. Lescher
University of Illinois Press, 2023
Cloth: 978-0-252-04477-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-08686-1 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05382-5
Library of Congress Classification NC1766.U52L5456 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.58097924

Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida opened in Orlando at the dawn of the Disney Renaissance. As a member of the crew, Mary E. Lescher witnessed the small studio’s rise and fall during a transformative era in company and movie history. Her in-depth interviews with fellow artists, administrators, and support personnel reveal the human dimension of a technological revolution: the dramatic shift from hand-drawn cel animation to the digital format that eclipsed it in less than a decade. She also traces the Florida Studio’s parallel existence as a part of The Magic of Disney Animation, a living theme park attraction where Lescher and her colleagues worked in full view of Walt Disney World guests eager to experience the magic of the company’s legendary animation process.

A ground-level look at the entertainment giant, The Disney Animation Renaissance profiles the people and purpose behind a little-known studio during a historic era.

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