Walt Disney: The Biography

October 5, 2019 - Comment

His classic films illuminated everyone’ s childhood. The theme parks are on every tourist itinerary. The movie empire is one of Hollywood’ s biggest., Walt Disney is one of the few men who unquestionably changed our culture. And Neal Gabler is the first author to have had complete access to the Disney Archives, enabling him

His classic films illuminated everyone’ s childhood. The theme parks are on every tourist itinerary. The movie empire is one of Hollywood’ s biggest., Walt Disney is one of the few men who unquestionably changed our culture. And Neal Gabler is the first author to have had complete access to the Disney Archives, enabling him to write the definitive biography of this remarkable man. Gabler charts Disney’ s journey from running a fledgling studio with short cartoons featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, to the reinvention of animation with full-length films like Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi and Dumbo., Chronicling Walt’ s profligacy and expansionism, as well as his obsessive perfectionism when working on the briefest of sequences in Fantasia, Gabler describes how it was left to Walt’ s brother Roy to keep the business solvent. The successes speak for themselves – Disney then moved beyond animation with huge hits like Mary Poppins, and mixed utopianism and merchandising to conceive the world’ s first modern theme park, Disneyland. In addition to the towering achievements, Gabler shows the dark side of Walt Disney – ruthless towards long-serving staff, cavalier with contracts, neglectful of his family – but also the vulnerability, born of loneliness and ill health, in an admirably balanced portrait.

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Anonymous says:

The definitive Disney biography This is the definitive biography of Walt Disney. Gabler has researched his subject in so much detail it is hard not to be impressed.Disney’s life is charted thoroughly through the ages from his life before fame and fortune to the legacy he has left. Realising the impact that one man can have things we now take for granted (the basic format of many films, painting a picture of an idealistic life) is eye opening as is the way in which the world changed during Disneys lifespan.I was…

Anonymous says:

The best Walt Disney biography so far… As a big Walt Disney fan I’ve read several biographies and books related to him and Roy but this book really stands out because of its almost unbiased stance. The author goes into much more detail into what makes Walt tick. And at times, particularly in the earlier chapters, I got a real sense of what it must have felt like to be a part of the Disney studio magic in their 30’s heyday… It was a book that I couldn’t wait to dive back into each day!

Anonymous says:

Excellent study of a genius Having read a few books about the life of Walt Disney,I can say that Walt Disney:The Biography by Neal Gabler is the most detailed and thorough study of the great man I have read. It isn’t a book that can be read quickly as it is well over 600 pages but it is always interesting and extremely well researched.As you would expect,all aspects of Disney’s extraordinary life are covered from his very humble beginnings to him becoming possibly the most famous person on earth. We discover…

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