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    The Little Mermaid Sketchbook Limited Edition Signed Hardbound Book in Slipcase #523/2500 (Walt Disney/Applewood Books, 1997). This title in Applewood's fine series of deluxe, limited edition books presents the inspirational paintings, story drawings, character designs, and rough animation created by Walt Disney Studios artists in development of the first of the Studios' modern classics: The Little Mermaid (1989). The books are modeled after the 1938 Sketchbook of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in showcasing each major character in the film individually, depicting his or her construction, development and personality in art and words. In addition, twelve exquisite inspirational paintings for the film are reproduced in full color as tipped-in plates.
    This book is signed by eight of The Walt Disney Studios artists who produced The Little Mermaid including John Musker, writer, director, producer; Ron Clements, writer, director; Mark Henn, directing animator; Ruben Aquino, directing animator; Andreas Deja, directing animator; Duncan Marjoribanks, directing animator; Lureline Kohler, character key animator (credited as Lureline Weatherly); and Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel.
    Published in a numbered limited edition of 2,500, the 112-page 9.5" x 12" out-of-print book comes with Applewood's numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The book shows very little handling wear, and it is in Very Good condition.

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