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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!
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From Barrier we get neither a candy-coated view of Disney nor a fashionably po-mo slam; the context of the particular time is always clear, and made meaningful--not necessarily to Disney's benefit as an "icon", but always fair. One may occasionally wince at what one reads, but never does it ring false. Rather, it made me respect and appreciate the complete man even more--and reallyreally appreciate the difficulties of working for him on his greatest projects--and his failures.
Since the sucess of the Disney studios depended so heavily on the contributions of many artists, we are treated to much fascinating information about those men and few women--including much more previously unpublished material than I expected to find.
It's a biography of Walt Disney the individual, but it's also a great history of animated film production itself--since Disney virtually was his studio, as attached to it as Nemo was the Nautilus.
Certainly some of Barrier's positions buck the mainstream--one example: Personally I fall more into the Leonard Maltin group; despite its length and miscasting I loved the movie, as I do the completely different Travers books.
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Same goes for "Jungle Book"--both the film and the great novels. But the fact is that every biographer had better have opinions, hopefully strong ones where his chosen subject is concerned. All I expect is that the author will express himself in such a way that I want to keep reading and feel I'm getting an honest context for a life--even if one or another of the author's stated opinions make me want to hurl the book across the room.
Disagree though I might I never got to the hurling stage with Animated Manand that's a tribute to the sagacity of the writing.
As a kid I interviewed some animation veterans who'd worked closely with Walt. From some of them, particularly Ward Kimball and Art Babbitt, I got much more than I expected or could process at age 17 about just how ambivalent these men's emotions were towards their onetime boss.
Their various contradictory views flummoxed me.
Nothing in Bob Thomas prepared me for what they had to say, and I realized that I really had no idea of who Walt Disney was. If I'd been able to read The Animated Man beforehand it all would have made a lot more sense to me. Remove the custom ad blocker rule s and the page will load as expected. Chuck Klein Jay Lender Mr. Erik Wiese Peter Burns.
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