Screenplay by Disney: Tips and Techniques to Bring Magic to Your Moviemaking
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Screenplay by Disney: Tips and Techniques to Bring Magic to Your Moviemaking

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Disney's imaginative storytellers offer guidance and techniques to help aspiring screenwriters add Disney magic to their movie ideas. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Bambi, from The Little Mermaid to The Lion King, the animated films created by The Walt Disney Company are renowned for stories that amuse, astound, and inspire the viewer. Now, for the first time, the...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Disney Editions
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Kevin Richey
Picked this up from the library on a whim. It was a fun quick read. I don't have any intention of writing screenplays, (and if I were, this is not the best book for it), but I am a big Disney fan and was curious to see if there was any sort of "Disney method." Well, the introduction flat-out says there isn't. Surrell says something like, "If you're expecting a Disney formula, it doesn't exist." BUT the book does cover a lot of insider rules and terminology, which I found really interesting, and...more
Obviously, "The Lion King", "The Little Mermaid", and "Beauty and the Beast" are incredible movies, while "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs", "Bambi", and "Pinocchio" are classics, and should be held up as stories/movies we can learn so much from, and admittedly, I did appreciate a lot of the insight that was shared about those and other movies like them.

At the same time, I didn't understand why you would talk so much about movies like "Brother Bear" and "Emperor's New Groove". I always thought...more
Oct 11, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I'm a huge Disney fan (quotes from Walt throughout!), so I enjoyed learning about the story development process they used/use at the feature animation studio. However, even though there were nuggets of wisdom, inspiration, and encouragement, I would have liked a little more examples of story structure as it applies to each of the films mentioned in the book. All in all, it was a good and easy read, just less instruction than I had hoped.
Would've been much better if it included a section (sections?) of close, detailed story/screenplay analysis: why something worked, why something didn't work, approaches and subplots which various writers tried and abandoned, etc. It's an official Disney product, so it's heavy on praise and light on criticism.
Lori Grant
A should-read company profile for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.
A very helpful book if you are interested in learning a bit about story development.
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