Written by my friend and Disney Producer Don Hahn, (he’s my friend because he patiently listened while I talked about Disney for 20 minutes! To him! Some of my friends can’t even do that!), Brainstorm (AMAZON), next in a series of books for me to read and pump up my creative mind. This one however, seems designed specifically to appeal to me and my sensibilities.
Hahn during his 30+ years at Disney worked on films such as Beauty & The Beast, Lion King, Hunchback, Fantasia/2000, Atlantis and the aborted Fantasia/2006. Don was also the interim head of Disney Animation Studios (then Walt Disney Feature Animation) before John Lasseter and crew came in.
Since then he’s produced the documentaries, Earth, Oceans, and African Cats. Currently, he’s working with Tim Burton on “Frankenweenie.” Although, IMDB says he’s working with director Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie, Tarzan, Enchanted) and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty & The Beast, Burton’s Alice, Lion King) on The Snow Queen. (which, last I heard, was cancelled, because boys don’t like Fairy Tales.. hmm..)
He also directed the documentaries Waking Sleeping Beauty (about the rebirth of Disney Animation), at last year’s Boulder Film Festival, which is also where I met him (and animator Ellen Woodbury!)
and the upcoming Hand Held (www.handheldthemovie.com), about Photographer Mike Carroll and his journey through post Communism Romania and it’s Child Aids epidemic, which looks heartbreakingly fantastic.
This isn’t even Don’s first book like this, his first, came out in the early 90’s!
He’s also the author of numerous Making of Disney Books, such as Disney’s Animation Magic (of which I own a very dog-eared copy of the 1996 Hunchback Edition, not this version), as well as The Alchemy of Animation (which I kinda want), and was the editor of the Drawn To Life Sessions Vol 1. & Vol. 2. , which I don’t just want, I NEED.