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Disney In Depth: Previewing Upcoming Disney Editions Books
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Disney Editions has an exciting release schedule over the next six months. Honoring some of the coolest characters, themes, and elements of all things Disney, these six titles should be on your “Disney wish list” for a variety of reasons. Here is my preview of upcoming Disney Editions books!

Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans’ Curious Questions (Disney Editions Deluxe) by Dave Smith (May 3, 2016)

Dave Smith knows practically anything you would ever think of when it comes to The Walt Disney Company. After all, he was the chief archivist of The Walt Disney Archives. This title promises to unveil secrets that have yet to be published and, considering how much Smith has written about the corporation, that should mean some pretty neat content shall come to light. Its early sales are encouraging. Plus, the $10 price tag makes Smith’s Disney Editions book reasonable. This should be a must purchase for the ultimate Disney connoisseur.

The Art of Disney’s Dragons by Tom Bancroft (June 28, 2016)

You can possibly thank the forthcoming release of the new version of Pete’s Dragon for prompting the development and debut of this book from Tom Bancroft, perhaps most notable as the supervising animator of Mushu from Mulan. I guess it’s only apropos, then, that he is the individual responsible for crafting a Disney Editions book that showcases Disney’s long history of dragon characters. There’s the obvious ones, such as dragon Maleficent and Figment, but also The Reluctant Dragon, the dragon version of Susan Sarandon’s Queen Narissa from Enchanted, and the dragon form of Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone. It appears to be a shorter read (at only 128 pages), but should provide a thorough analysis from such a knowledgeable and gifted artist like Bancroft, who has animated popular Disney heroic figures like Pocahontas and Young Simba.

In keeping up with the dragon theme, here is how Disney translated the Maleficent dragon to theme park form in the Festival of Fantasy Parade via a video by YouTube channel Attractions Magazine.

Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil: The Creation • The Inspiration • The Fascination (Disney Editions Deluxe) by Jen Darcy (July 12, 2016)

Their intentions are evil, but we love to root for some of the bad guys and gals. Many of Disney’s dastardly characters will steal the show – and likely a good amount of space – within this book by Jen Darcy, who has written many titles and articles for the company over the years. The Amazon.com description notes that her favorite villains are Ursula and Shere Kahn, so expect them to get some extra love. What most intrigues me is that it notates the book will also focus on Disney villains within pop culture. Does that mean some attention on Cosplay, the folks who dress up as these personalities at fan events? I suppose we will know come July whether images of major Maleficent aficionados appear in Darcy’s book.

Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume I: The Fearsome Foursome by Amicus Arcane (July 19, 2016)

It looks like we must enter a “room with no windows and no doors” to fully appreciate this title by Amicus Arcane, based on Disney’s darkest attraction. This new series from Disney Editions, based on The Haunted Mansion, is targeted for the kiddos (grade-school age), yet might be worth snatching for mansion enthusiasts. Disney has certainly ramped up its efforts in promoting The Haunted Mansion brand over recent years, especially in the publishing realm. Capitalizing on widespread adoration of the mysterious ghouls and legends that inhabit the E-ticket experience, this new book should offer some additional perspective for “foolish mortals.”

The Haunted Mansion’s history is briefly chronicled in the video below by the DisneyParks YouTube channel.

The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember (Disney Editions Deluxe) by Rebecca Cline and Steven B. Clark (September 6, 2016)

Two capable Disney experts and valued members of the company author what will surely be a memorable experience down Dopey Drive – for the unacquainted, this is one of the famous streets within The Walt Disney Studios. Rebecca Cline and Steven B. Clark, known to Disney fans as the director of The Walt Disney Archives and founder of D23, respectively, have quite an undertaking in documenting the evolution of the studio and the innumerable productions filmed there. I am confident in their capacity to give this monumental subject matter – and physical site – justice.

The Disney Park Maps (Disney Editions Deluxe) by Kevin Neary and Susan Neary (October 18, 2016)

A book dream come true for individuals like me, who would spend hours pouring over Disney theme park maps as a child, news of this release just about had me grinning. The co-authors, Kevin Neary and Susan Neary, whose forthcoming book on Hidden Mickeys within Walt Disney World debuts this summer, do double duty for Disney this year in presenting context on the “visual guides” to the vacation destinations in only around 150 pages. The description promises to cover the evolution of lands and chart Disney’s international theme parks, too. Here’s hoping we also see some maps of lands, or entire theme parks, that never came to fruition.

This is Brett Nachman, signing off. Follow me on Twitter for alerts of new editions of Disney In Depth, released on the first and third Thursdays of each month on Geeks of Doom.

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