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The Hand Behind the Mouse

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Come meet the man you have known for all of your life! You may not know Ub Iwerks by name, but you certainly know his accomplishments. Walt Disney's friend, partner, adversary and alter ego all rolled into one, Iwerks was responsible for creating Mickey Mouse, adding color, sound and 3-dimensionality to cartoons and basically revolutionizing live-action films with his inve ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Disney Editions
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Ub Iwerks was the largely unacknowledged talent behind much of what Walt Disney accomplished. He first met Walt and started to work with him in Kansas City; when Walt went to Hollywood, Ub soon followed him. He created Mickey Mouse (and animated his first short, "Plane Crazy", all by himself -- 700 frames -- in just two weeks) and worked on Walt's Alice shorts and the Silly Symphonies as well before deciding to leave Walt's studio and go into business for himself. However, his cartoons, though t ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't know much about Ub Iwerks, but I found his life's story very interesting. He wasn't just an animator, he was an inventor, an expert at color, a composer, a skilled photographer and developer, and a special effects genius. ...more
Gurinder Virdi
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Very similar to the Walt Disney book, actually a LOT of overlap. I was hoping for a read from Ub's perspective but it reads as a narrative of Disney and Ub's life peppered in at times. ...more
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Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was Iwerks who, as Walt's lead animator, created Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Disney's empire was growing due to the great success of Iwerk's animated classics like the Silly Symphonies and the popular Mickey Mouse cartoons.

As with many business and creative ventures, success strained the close friendship and Iwerks left Walt Disney to open his own studio. Although Iwerks was a great talent, the promotion abilities of Walt Disney were equally responsible for the success of their
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Ub Iwerks was a genius who has never gotten as much recognition as he deserved. Who knows where Walt would have been without him
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