Walt Disney: the biography

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Aurum, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 766 pages
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His classic films illuminated everyone's childhood. The theme parks are onvery tourist itinerary. The movie empire is one of Hollywood's biggestlayers. Walt Disney is one of the few men who unquestionably changed ourulture. Neal Gabler is the first author to have had complete access to theisney Archives, enabling him to write the definitive biography of thisemarkable man. It's a long book, as Disney's achievement was so huge, but aruly compulsive read. He shows how Disney built up his fledgling studio withhort cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, before quite simplyeinventing animation with full-length films like Snow White, Pinocchio,ambi and Dumbo. An astounding amount of work went into a film like "Fantasia" with whole crews working round the clock on a sequence a couple of minutesong - only for the obsessively perfectionist Disney to order it re-done.alt's profligacy and expansionism meant it was brother and business partneroy who kept the company solvent. Disney then moved beyond animation withuge successes like "Mary Poppins", and mixed utopianism and merchandising to

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