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The Queens of Animation

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In The Queens of Animation, bestselling author Nathalia Holt recounts the dramatic stories of an incredibly influential group of women who have slipped under the radar for decades but have touched all our lives. These women infiltrated the all-male domain of Disney Studios and used early technologies to create the rich artwork and iconic storylines that would reach million ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Little, Brown
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I was interested in the biography aspects of lesser known employees at Walt Disney Studio in the early years. But what we have here is a book with an agenda so thick, that this isn't a biography so much as a platform to scream "white men are pigs." The women (and non white-males) are made out to be god's gift to the world (read: angelic and perfect and supremely talented) while the (obviously Caucasian) men either refuse to do work, jeer at everyone, go to parties, create the worst aspects of Di ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

“The rise of women in the workplace, no matter what side of the world it occurred on, was frightening to some men, and they approached the perceived threat much as toddlers would a monster under the bed — by crying about it.”

Nathalia Holt’s book tells the story of the women who helped shape the early days of Disney Studios and its projects. Before reading this, I only knew about Mary Blair, but was very excited to
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
From Snow White to Elsa and Anna, Nathalia Holt takes a look at the history of Walt Disney Animation through the eyes of the women who have worked there.

Showing how the company has grown with regards to both technology and female employees, I thought this book was fascinating. I love how the author took the time to explain how each new piece of technology worked while also staying true to the mission of the book. It was really interesting to see how women influenced beloved films, even if their
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This is the second and last book that I have read by this author. She has a gift for taking potentially terrific material about little known women and making a hash of it. Interesting tidbits here, such George Balanchine's role in the creation of the Nutcracker scenes, and how that may have been the seeds of his later staging of what is now THE holiday ballet, get lost and as in her previous book, so do the women she seeks to honor.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so interesting in laying out how revolutionary women's work at Disney was from the very beginning. The timeline felt really jumbled and jumpy throughout most of the book and I had a hard time following it at times but overall I was just so incredibly interested in the stories of these women.

I am awestruck at how much work was put into the early Disney cartoons and I so wish that women were given more of the recognition for the work that they did and still do.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.
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Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. is a science writer and the New York Times bestselling author of Cured: The People who Defeated HIV and Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and Time. She has trained at the Ragon Institute ...more