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

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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 July 12th 2004 by Disney Editions
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Kevin Richey
Jan 16, 2013 Kevin Richey rated it liked it
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
Nov 25, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it
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
Jul 14, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
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.
Feb 15, 2007 Bryan rated it liked it
Shelves: storytelling
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.
Alexis Johnson
Sep 08, 2015 Alexis Johnson rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book for screenwriters and storytellers of any kind. Timeless inspiration from Disney!
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 Lori Grant rated it really liked it
A should-read company profile for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.
Mar 25, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing, theater
a little light and repetitive but ultimately inspirational.
Jul 25, 2011 Annamarie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very helpful book if you are interested in learning a bit about story development.
Feb 19, 2016 Maddie rated it it was ok
A very basic and sometimes reductive look at Disney storytelling. Still informative but not great.
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