Walt Disney: Conversations

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University Press of Mississippi, 2006 - Art - 143 pages
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The imagination of Walt Disney (1901-1966) is still seen in theme parks throughout the world bearing his name, on numerous live-action films and television specials, on toys and assorted merchandise, and on an international corporation known both for the high quality of its creative output and its ubiquity.

Walt Disney: Conversations collects interviews and profiles of the man who created Mickey Mouse, and produced such full-length animated classics as Snow White, Cinderella, Fantasia, Bambi, The Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio, along with countless short cartoons.

Bringing together over twenty pieces from the late 1920s to the late 1960s, this book traces Disney's career from the early classic Steamboat Willie to the construction of Disneyland, and the live-action ventures The Mickey Mouse Club and Mary Poppins. Walt Disney: Conversations shows how Disney saw his productions as shapers of popular culture and reveals how firmly he understood the issues of his time.

Featuring an interview conducted by producer Cecil B. DeMille, Disney's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and rarely seen pieces from the Disney corporation's archives, Walt Disney: Conversations reveals a complex visionary whose impact on animation, live-action film, television, and theme parks has never been equaled.

Kathy Merlock Jackson is professor and coordinator of communications at Virginia Wesleyan College. Her works include Walt Disney: A Bio-Bibliography and Images of Children in American Film: A Socio-Cultural Analysis. She has also been published in the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of American Culture, and the Journal of Popular Film and Television. She lives in Virginia Beach.

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Steamboat Willie made its 1928 debut starring a little-known mouse named Mickey that no one could have imagined would become one of the most recognizable American celebrities in the world. Walt Disney ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Hermosa, Illinois. After driving an ambulance during the final months of World War I, he went to work as a commercial artist in Kansas City, where he met Ub Iwerks, another artist who became his lifelong collaborator. In 1923 they moved to Hollywood where, with Disney's older brother, Roy, they began the Disney Brothers' Studio. They produced a series of cartoons called Alice in Cartoonland and invented a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. In 1928, he created Mickey Mouse the star of two silent cartoons, Plane Crazy and Gallopin' Gaucho, and then Steamboat Willie, in which Disney himself supplied Mickey's voice. In 1929, he created Silly Symphonies, which featured Mickey's newly created friends, including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. One of the most popular cartoons, Flowers and Trees, was the first to be produced in color and to win an Oscar. In 1937, he made the first feature-length animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which won a total of eight Oscars. In the 1950s, the Walt Disney Company began to make live-action films like Treasure Island and Mary Poppins. He then expanded into the production of nature documentaries and in television series like Zorro, Davy Crockett, The Mickey Mouse Club, and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. During his lifetime, he won 22 Academy Awards and was the founder of theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World. He died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966 at the age of 65.

Kathy Merlock Jackson is professor and coordinator of communications at Virginia Wesleyan College. Her works include Walt Disney: A Bio-Bibliography and Images of Children in American Film: A Socio-Cultural Analysis. She has also been published in the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of American Culture, and the Journal of Popular Film and Television. She lives in Virginia Beach.