The Animated Man - A life of Walt Disney


Anyone who writes a biography of Walt Disney is obliged to explain what
he is up to, given that a dozen or more biographies of Disney have already
been published. It is not enough to say that most of those books are not very
good. The question is whether a new biography can avoid the pitfalls that
have doomed the earlier ones.
Most Disney biographies have portrayed either a man who fell short of
perfection only in a few venial ways (he smoked way too much and used a
great deal of profanity), or one who was personally odious (anti-Semitism
being the sin of choice) and the products of whose labors are a stain on American
I have found few signs of either Disney in my own research into his life,
which began in 1969 with my first trip to California and interviews with Ward
Kimball, one of his best animators, and Carl Stalling, the first composer for
his sound cartoons. Disney was, in my reckoning, a stunted but fascinating
artist, and a generally admirable but less interesting entrepreneur. The trick,
I think, is to wind those strands of his life together, along with a few strands
from his private life, in a way that yields something close to the whole man.
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Anonymous said...

Can u send it to me, media fire dun work x(

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