If John Canemaker had not written his latest book The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic, he would still be considered among the very finest chroniclers of the animation art form. But he did write the book—a monumental biography of the unlikeliest of figures—and thus, Canemaker has added to his long list of accomplishments one of the most fascinating and informative volumes ever published about Disney artistry.

It’s a rare feat at this late date in history to write something that makes the reader see the Disney studio of the 1930s in completely new terms. The Lost Notebook does that by upending the animation-centric view of the studio’s films and revealing the inter-departmental teamwork and coordination that made the Disney films possible.

[…] Now it’s time to hear from John himself on the process and challenges of creating this unique book.