Maurice Noble Design Book


Maurice Noble was arguably one of animations greatest design/layout artists. His innovative use of color and design was integral to many of the greatest cartoons of the "Golden Age of Animation", from the classic Disney features “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Pinocchio”, “Fantasia”, “Bambi” and “Dumbo”, to more than sixty Warner Bros. cartoons with Chuck Jones. These include “What’s Opera Doc?”, “Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century”, and the “Road Runner” series. Maurice co-directed and was production designer for the Academy Award winning short “The Dot And The Line”. He also designed the Christmas classic “The Grinch That Stole Christmas." The influence of his work is still being felt today.


The last few years of his life, Maurice had been working on a design textbook that described his approach to design. Unfortunately he passed away before he was able to complete the text. For most of the last year I have been working with Chronicle Books in putting together what I hope will be the book that Maurice had dreamed of.  It will be chocked full of his pre-production art, notes, and thoughts from the master himself  describing his process. The book will also be full of reflections from folks that knew and worked with him.


I submit the text to Chronicle Books this week, and if all goes according to schedule, Maurice's book will be on the shelves in 2012.

All above artwork was designed by Maurice Noble; Many thanks to the many collectors, and to Warner Bros, for allowing me to use the art for the book. And thanks to all the artists, friends, and fans who have given of their knowledge and time to help in this project. I will forever be indebted. Thank you- tod

19 comments:

  1. Fantastic news, Tod! I'll be first in line for this. Thank you for continuing Mr. Noble's efforts!

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  2. This is thrilling!!! Thank you so much for helping to usher this dream forward! xoxo

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  3. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!

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  4. Thanks everyone for your comments! I'm excited as well. It's been far too long in coming.

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  5. I'm going to buy that SO HARD!

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  6. I was waiting for a book like this for a long time. Thanks!

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  7. Great news, really looking forward to this. Thank you for putting this together.

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  8. Wow, THANK you for doing this book. You'll do great job.

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  9. Wonderful news! Cannot wait to get a copy. Thanks to you for all your hard work, it will be very much appreciated I'm sure!

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  10. Yes PLEASE let me know when it's available ive been looking all over for a good book on him!

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  11. WOW! Thanks Tod!! I am so looking forward to this book, it sounds amazing and inspirational. His work pleases my eyes so much! Whenever I watch Looney Tunes I always pause when I see an amazing inventive background, which I guess are most likely designed by him.
    I'm in line to buy this!

    PS. your blog needs an option to "Follow" it at the top of the page.
    Or maybe it's around, I just can't find it on your page. The option to "follow" is usually at the top of most blogspot blogs....

    Anyway, no need to reply if it takes up book-making time! (:

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    1. Thanks again everyone! It's getting close now! Dr. B... you're right! I can't find the follow button either! I'll see about getting it fixed. Sorry in taking so long to get back to you.
      tod

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  12. when will this book be published?
    greetings jan reijmerink from www.drontywood.com

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