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Author Barrier, J. Michael.

Title The animated man : a life of Walt Disney / Michael Barrier.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    791.43 Disney,W BAR    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    791.43 Disney,W BAR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 DISNEY,W BAR    Available
Description xviii, 393 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-377) and index.
Contents Introduction : "It's all me" -- "The pet in the family" : on the farm and in the city, 1901-1923 -- "A cute idea" : the self-taught filmmaker, 1923-1928 -- "You've got to really be Minnie" : building a better mouse, 1928-1933 -- "This character was a live person" : the leap to feature films, 1934-1938 -- "A drawing factory" : ambition's price, 1938-1941 -- "A queer, quick, delightful gink" : on a treadmill, 1941-1947 -- "Caprices and spurts of childishness" : escaping from animation, 1947-1953 -- "He was interested in something else" : escaping from film, 1953-1959 -- "This is where I am happy" : restless in the Magic Kingdom, 1959-1965 -- "He drove himself right up to the end" : dreaming of a nightmare city, 1965-1966 -- Afterword : "Let's never not be a silly company".
Summary "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." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Disney, Walt, 1901-1966.
Animators -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9780520241176 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520241177 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520256194 (pbk.)
0520256190 (pbk.)

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