The Nine Old Men Cover
Andreas Deja released his new book entitled “The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney’s Great Animators”. Filled with some never before seen original drawings, and the works of each of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men! Andreas shares their knowledge on acting, figure drawing, story and so much more. Pick up your copy today!

From the Publisher:

Learn from the men who changed animation forever.

Walt Disney’s team of core animators, who he affectionately call his “Nine Old Men,” were known for creating Disney’s most famous works, as well as refining the 12 basic principles of animation. Follow master animator and Disney legend Andreas Deja as he takes you through the minds and works of these notable animators. An apprentice to the Nine Old Men himself, Deja gives special attention to each animator and provides a thoughtful analysis on their techniques that include figure drawing, acting, story structure, and execution. The in-depth analysis of each animator’s work will allow you to refine your approach to character animation. Rare sequential drawings from the Disney archives also give you unprecedented access and insight into the most creative minds that changed the course of animation.

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The Author

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


  1. October 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Hy guys,
    Walt disney it’s just a dream for any animateur. If you want my opinnion a good start it’s an workshop online, at home, like this one
    Maybe, one day, i’ll become an artist, who knows. I hope so!
    Have a nice day!

  2. Maria
    October 21, 2015 at 3:14 am — Reply

    sketches are good.. very detailed work.

  3. ZEFF
    October 27, 2015 at 11:46 am — Reply

    This book has already found a place in my library. Not only a fantastic resource but also a great read and historic document! In a few generations- much of this info could have been lost!

  4. Bill Delaney
    November 30, 2016 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    Hello Andreas,

    This year at SIGGRAPH2016 my partner and I briefly discussed with you the possibility of having you help introduce to the world our new 3D mouse with a novel “Andreas Deja” interactive video game. On Friday this week we will present our Business Plan to some eager investors and we wish to include a sketch from the book you signed for us in Anaheim during SIGGRAPH. We are seeking your permission to use this sketch and we wish to discuss our desire to have you help introduce our novel 3D mouse to the world. Please contact me today or tomorrow.
    With warmest regards, Bill Delaney +1 408 510 8263.

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