Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose ...more
Most of this audience would be of the generations who experience Disney after his death in 1966, but even I remember watching repeats of "The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" on Sund ...more
One of the problems with writing a biography about Walt Disney is that people either see him as the lovable "Uncle Walt", or a driven and obsessive tyrant. This book does a fine job of objectively showing you all the sides of this complex man. (It also didn't hurt that the writing and research were exceptionally well done).
On one hand, I loved all the details about Walt Disney, his life, family, and career. However, all that detail became weighed dow ...more
The book delves into Walt Disney’s upbringing, and all of the milestones along his life path until his death. It was interesting to read about how he was continually ...more
Gabler does a good job on the biographical outline of both Disney and his company. He describes the different pictures, projects, technologies. He relates Walt's enthusiasm, level of in ...more
Neal Gabler, who penned a well-received biography of journalist Walter Winchell and An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, among other books, is the first writer to have complete access to the Walt Disney archives. Much of that wealth of information makes its way into this hefty tome. At nearly 900 pages (including 200 pages of notes), the author risks losing all but the most devoted Disney fans. Gabler uses engaging prose, numerous anecdotes, and firsthand accounts of the even...more
Next time I watch one of his movies, I'll be thinking about what he was trying to accomplish and how he felt about the film in its conception and release.
Walt Disney, born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 is another example of a much focused gifted passionate youth, who rose through the Great Depression as a visionary unafraid of failure, chasing his dream rather than being motivated by money. The unvarnished biography touches upon his success as well as his personal failures. With small town mid-western roots he ventured off to Hollywood to draw animation. F ...more
I came away with an solid appreciation of his struggle, from his perpetual money troubles to his issues with quality, and his unending passion for indulging his creativity. It was disheartening to hear that he was trying to create a workplace utopia for his workers but through the unionisation of a few of his employees, and the resulting strike, he had to list t ...more
As has never been the case with a biography I’ve read, when certain parts of Walt’s project seem to become less interesting to me as a reader, it must have been the case in Walt’s life too. That seamed to be the time when he would become disengaged from one project and move on to another. Examples, animation shorts, feature animation, war time f ...more
Although I considered myself familiar with the story of the studio, I really wasn't. I thought it was an upward trend of success from day one. In reality the studio teetered on the edge of disaster for much of its earlie ...more
While this is true to his life, the author never seems to try anything that would break the narrative from this circle, which can lead to the ...more