The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney

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Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, The wave of good animation books continues with these two. Barrier explains his project very well:. Most Disney biographies have portrayed either a man who fell short of perfection only in a few venial ways he smoked too much and used a great deal of profanity , or one who was personally odious anti-Semitism being the sin of choice and the products of whose labors are a stain on American culture.

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I have found few signs of either Disney in my own research into his life…[he was] a stunted but fascinating artist, and a generally admirable but less interesting entrepreneur. I have concentrated my attention on his work, his animated films in particular, because that is where I have found his life story most compelling…Thomas Edison and Henry Ford may have transformed their country, but Walt Disney only helped to shape economic and demographic changes that would have occurred without him.

It is his animated films of the s and early s that make him uniquely interesting.

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Michael-you're most welcome. My husband too is reading through it slowly-the better to enjoy it.

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I had to wrench it away from him to read it myself! I hope the book gets the attention it deserves--it's always such a pain for one book or film come to that to have to "follow" another--especially when it's been i the planning stages as long as this one has.

David: done! Thanks for the comments and the good suggestion. I reread "Hollywwod Cartoons" too a while back; it's got so much detail that I felt like I was reading some of it for the first time.

Thanks for the comments! Though many have tried and failed, Michael Barrier finally delivers the real Walt Disney.


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Finally, we have a book by an author with no agenda. Barrier's book was a delightful read, and I enjoyed every page. At last readers get to meet the same Walt Disney I met. I tried to respond to this a few days ago but Blogger ate my comment, as it very often seems to do! Thanks for the review. I had put of buying this book because of the slightly garish cover, not realising that it was written by Michael Barrier.

I read the Bob Thomas book on Walt years ago and, while I enjoyed it, couldn't help feeling that it may have contained added sugar. Knowing that it was published by Disney probably didn't help the defence. It'll be great to be able to read yet another take on the now legendary man and look forward to reading it myself.

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I haven't read the book yet but I'm really looking forward to it. I saw Gabler talking about his own Disney book on TV and he didn't appear to be interested in the subject at all. I'll still read the Gabler book but hearing him made me all the more anxious to read Mike's. I've yet to pick up a copy -- reading your review, however, Jenny, makes me more antsy to buy it! Thanks for this great review! And Floyd, I'm bound to force you to start up a blog to tell us your stories of working at Disney and Pixar!

Please, do us all a favor and do so! I love reading your marvellously erudite blog on a regular basis, Jenny.

I'm having to make do with your review of Michael's book until Amazon UK get their stock in. It'll be worth the wait. Greetings from London Town. Post a Comment.

"The Animated Man" offers an intimate, more immediate look at the life of Walt Disney

If anything from my experience of the last 15 years or so has made itself clear to me as a story truism, it's that the importance of the Walt and his wife Lillian arriving in England in ; from "The Animated Man" by Michael Barrier As I've written before, my respect for Michael Barrier goes back to the late s when he was publishing his magazine Funnyworld. Michael Barrier was surprised that each honor was only a Master of Arts. On the other hand, some of us think that the honorary doctorate has become a bit of a give-away in recent years.

During the early corporate years, Disney was always self-confident but bordered on being a benign despot according to Barrier. Things reached a head in the spring of Under economic pressure from its bank and shareholders, Walt Disney Productions felt a necessity to scale back costs. Thereafter, Disney remained generally disturbed about organized labor, and in he actually testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee that some former workers who had instigated the strike were Communist sympathizers.

Some of the black-and-white illustrations are curious choices and suggest deficiencies in research, fact-checking and editing. Walt Disney died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, on 15 December Two years later his image appeared on a U. The old studios are now part of a multi-billion dollar media corporation that carries his name.

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