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The Animated Man
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The Animated Man
A Life of Walt Disney
Creators: Michael Barrier
Publisher: University of California Press
Pub. date: 04/30/2007
Lib. SRP: 48.95 USD
Ret. SRP: 28.95 USD
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
ISBN: 9780520941663
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 2826 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Performing Arts, Nonfiction
Keywords:
   film & video
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Short Description:
   

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was one of the most significant creative forces of the twentieth century, a man who made a lasting impact on the art of the animated film, the history of American business, and the evolution of twentieth-century American culture. He was both a creative visionary and a dynamic entrepreneur, roles whose demands he often could not reconcile.

In his compelling new biography, noted animation historian Michael Barrier avoids the well-traveled paths of previous biographers, who have tended to portray a blemish-free Disney or to indulge in lurid speculation. Instead, he takes the full measure of the man in his many aspects. A consummate storyteller, Barrier describes how Disney transformed himself from Midwestern farm boy to scrambling young businessman to pioneering artist and, finally, to entrepreneur on a grand scale. Barrier describes in absorbing detail how Disney synchronized sound with animation in Steamboat Willie; created in Snow White and the Seven...

Full Description:
   

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was one of the most significant creative forces of the twentieth century, a man who made a lasting impact on the art of the animated film, the history of American business, and the evolution of twentieth-century American culture. He was both a creative visionary and a dynamic entrepreneur, roles whose demands he often could not reconcile.

In his compelling new biography, noted animation historian Michael Barrier avoids the well-traveled paths of previous biographers, who have tended to portray a blemish-free Disney or to indulge in lurid speculation. Instead, he takes the full measure of the man in his many aspects. A consummate storyteller, Barrier describes how Disney transformed himself from Midwestern farm boy to scrambling young businessman to pioneering artist and, finally, to entrepreneur on a grand scale. Barrier describes in absorbing detail how Disney synchronized sound with animation in Steamboat Willie; created in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sympathetic cartoon characters whose appeal rivaled that of the best live-action performers; grasped television's true potential as an unparalleled promotional device; and—not least—parlayed a backyard railroad into the Disneyland juggernaut.

Based on decades of painstaking research in the Disney studio's archives and dozens of public and private archives in the United States and Europe, The Animated Man offers freshly documented and illuminating accounts of Disney's childhood and young adulthood in rural Missouri and Kansas City. It sheds new light on such crucial episodes in Disney's life as the devastating 1941 strike at his studio, when his ambitions as artist and entrepreneur first came into serious conflict.

Beginning in 1969, two and a half years after Disney's death, Barrier recorded long interviews with more than 150 people who worked alongside Disney, some as early as 1922. Now almost all deceased, only a few were ever interviewed for other books. Barrier juxtaposes Disney's own recollections against the memories of those other players to great effect. What emerges is a portrait of Walt Disney as a flawed but fascinating artist, one whose imaginative leaps allowed him to vault ahead of the competition and produce work that even today commands the attention of audiences worldwide.

Table of Contents:
   Plates
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "It's All Me"
1 "The Pet in the Family"
On the Farm and in the City, 1901–1923
2 "A Cute Idea"
The Self-Taught Filmmaker, 1923–1928
3 "You've Got to Really Be Minnie"
Building a Better Mouse, 1928–193
4 "This Character Was a Live Person"
The Leap to Feature Films, 1934–1938
5 "A Drawing Factory"
Ambition's Price, 1938–1941
6 "A Queer, Quick, Delightful Gink"
On a Treadmill, 1941–1947
7 "Caprices and Spurts of Childishness"
Escaping from Animation, 1947–1953
8 "He Was Interested in Something Else"
Escaping from Film, 1953–1959
9 "Where I Am Happy"
Restless in the Magic Kingdom, 1959–1965
10 "He Drove Himself Right Up to the End"
Dreaming of a Nightmare City, 1965–1966
Afterword: "Let's Never Not Be a Silly Company"
Notes
Index
Reviews:
  Library Journal
     

April 15, 2007
Barrier (founder & editor, "Funnyworld" magazine; "Hollywood Cartoons") purports to reveal the mind of Walt Disney by examining his creative output. Without access to the Disney archives, he uses interviews and primary sources to determine what made Disney tick. Nothing new is revealed, and Barrier often uses his research to belittle and complain about Disney's classic work (e.g., "Mary Poppins" "suffers from debilitating weaknesses") as well as other endeavors bearing his name; Barrier writes of rides designed for the 1964 World's Fair and Disneyland, "All these exhibits invited aesthetic and intellectual objections that could not be applied seriously to the earlier rides at Disneyland." Certain seminal events in Disney's life, such as his polo injury and the death of his parents, are barely discussed. More of a critical slam of Disney's cartoons and films than a useful biography, this book will disappoint, bore, or anger fans of the man. For a more thorough and balanced Disney biography, read instead Neal Gabler's "Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination". Not recommended.Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

Copyright 2007 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Creator Marketing:
  Michael Barrier     
     

Michael Barrier founded and edited Funnyworld, the first serious magazine devoted to animation and the comics. He is the author of Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age (1999).

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