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The Disney That Never Was by Charles Solomon
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Read on February 19, 2011

There are no surprises in this book, it's exactly what the title sounds like. It's a history of both Disney and the animated film industry at varying times, chronicling the ups and downs, how the cartoons were scripted and made, why some pieces were never produced.

It's actually a very interesting look in Disney and that could have been. There are no really big projects--nothing like another princess, but wartime films, a Fantasia sequel, lots of Mickey/Donald/Goofy shorts, and other stories.

I rated this a solid three because I was hoping for more of an emphasis on the art--and it's not all highly stylized cartoons and caricatures, there is a lot of absolutely gorgeous stuff. But I'm no a big Disney buff, and I recognize its target audience probably wasn't me.
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