Home on the Range: The Adventures of a Bovine Goddess / Maggie the Cow : 3 of 5
This is definitely the most unusual Disney art book yet, but I'll take whatever I can get! Instead of the usual semi-academic discussion included in the better art books, this time the narrator is Maggie, the lead cow in Home of the Range. She talks about the making of the movie in a fictional style, including shooting schedules and off-screen anecdotes. Mostly she just spews pun after cow-inspired pun, but amazingly the text does manage to include some really interesting facts about the development of the movie, especially the color and lighting styles and the way backgrounds are textured (not so much about character design, since they are supposed to be "real", and certainly nothing about the voice actors!). The artwork is pretty spectacular, including some double-page spreads that are great to view (and the more I look, the more they remind me of Samurai Jack backgrounds). So, even though this book is pretty bizarre (and reads quickly), I'm still glad Disney decided to produce an art book for their last traditionally-animated feature.