Los Angeles, CA: Walt Disney Productions, 1952. An early promotional book, complete with fully animated black-and-white storyboards, for the classic 1953 animated film, "Peter Pan," based on the characters created by J.M. Barrie in 1902, and in particular Barrie's stage version of the Peter Pan story, "Peter Pan, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up."
One of a reported 50 copies printed, this example SIGNED by layout artist Ken Anderson on the title page and legendary animation director Ward Kimball next to an interior still of Peter Pan smoking a peace pipe with an Indian chief. Ward's inscription makes reference to the scene in the film where the Indian chief greets Peter and the children, and reads: "Hello! It says here / Ward Kimball / Class of '34."
Kimball was one of Disney's most famous founding animators, known collectively as the "Nine Old Men." He was called a genius by Walt Disney in Disney's autobiography, and created many of Disney's most famous animated characters, including the Crows in "Dumbo," Faline from "Bambi," Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat from "Alice in Wonderland," the Mice and Lucifer the Cat from "Cinderella," and Jiminy Cricket from "Pinocchio." Anderson was a major contributor to many of Disney's greatest animated films, including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Pinocchio," "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," and "The Jungle Book." "Peter Pan" was the last of the many classic Disney films produced by RKO prior to Disney forming his own production company in 1953.
Cream studio wrappers, side-stitched and quarter-bound in white cloth. 50 leaves, non-numbered, mimeograph, with numerous illustrated animation stills throughout. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with light soil. A rare piece of Disneyana from within the production process, showing great insight into the studio's development process, storytelling style, and storyboarding approach; with autographs from two of Disney's most important early animators.