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Disney's Art of Animation: From Mickey Mouse to Beauty and the Beast is a non-fiction book about the history of Disney's animated theatrical films up to the then-recent Beauty and the Beast.

The first half of the book focuses on the history of Disney theatrical animation, with each chapter devoted to different topics, including Mickey Mouse's origins, the success Disney achieved with the Silly Symphonies and the new stars introduced in the 1930s, and the production of all the Disney animated theatrical features up to The Rescuers Down Under, including Song of the South and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (though DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp is curiously skipped over). The second half of the book was devoted to a look at the making of Beauty and the Beast.

In 1997, the book was updated as Disney's Art of Animation: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules, with the second half now devoted to a look at the making of Hercules. A new chapter was also added to the first half of the book, with a condensed section about Beauty and the Beast and sections about the productions of the animated Disney features released since then, including The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story. (The back cover description also mentioned James and the Giant Peach, but that film is not covered in the book itself. A Goofy Movie was also skipped.)

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