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Book of the Mouse Club

Jan 18, 2023

Courtney and Emily are joined by journalist, podcaster, and now author, Michael Lyons, to discuss his book “Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance”. The Disney Renaissance contains several film favorites including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the Lion King. In this discussion Michael explains why these fan favorites stand out from their animated predecessors that made their decade of films so unique. Join us as we learn more about the 30+ years of interviews Michael conducted with renaissance animation icons to seamlessly shape this fascinating and informative book. 

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Emily: Instagram and Twitter @emily_mickde, and Goodreads

Michael Lyons: Twitter @mlyonsfl and Instagram @WordsFromLyons

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Dis-Order Podcast and From Pencils to Pixels The Animation Celebration Podcast can be found wherever you get your podcasts!

Signed copies of “Drawn to Greatness: Disney’s Animation Renaissance” are available on or you can also purchase the book on Amazon.

Michael’s Recommended Reads 

  • Of Mice and Magic by Lenoard Maltin
  • Walt Disney an American Original by Bob Thomas
  • Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation by John Canemaker  
  • Paper Dreams: The Art And Artists Of Disney Storyboards by John Canemaker  
  • Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists by John Canemaker