There's animation as cartoon, and there's animation as art. Classic Disney films such as "Snow White," painstakingly created in a pre-CGI era, fall into the latter category. In the gorgeous illustrated "Disney Lost and Found: Exploring the Hidden Artwork From Never-Produced Animation" (Disney Editions: 128 pp., $30), renowned historian and critic (and Times contributor) Charles Solomon honors the studio's unique, labor-intensive devotion to both storytelling and visual concepts. (As Warner Bros. animator and director Friz Freleng notes, Walt Disney "spent more on storyboards than we did on films.")
Disney employed renowned painters and book illustrators of the era in his art department, and the author describes the intricate process of depicting subtleties in tone, color and character gestures in each film.