The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney / Edition 1

The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney / Edition 1

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by Michael Barrier
     
 


"This book is important not just as a biography, but also as a cultural history that provides great insight to one of the best-known creative minds of the twentieth century. Barrier's engaging and highly informative writing style offers excellent perspective on how much changed in the world of animated cartoons during Disney's lifetime, and just how much the… See more details below

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"This book is important not just as a biography, but also as a cultural history that provides great insight to one of the best-known creative minds of the twentieth century. Barrier's engaging and highly informative writing style offers excellent perspective on how much changed in the world of animated cartoons during Disney's lifetime, and just how much the Disney studio brought about these changes. The remarkable quantity of first-person accounts, interviews, and other primary evidence is one of the book's most important attributes. This biography chronicles Disney's life while keeping in view the technological and stylistic developments in animation and filmmaking that Disney helped bring about. Barrier's deft navigation of a wide variety of historical streams gives Animated Man a uniquely comprehensive and compelling story about Walt Disney."—Daniel Goldmark, author of Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

"Michael Barrier's biography of Walt Disney is impressive, with a remarkable range of interviews. I was fascinated to see this mysterious world laid out as an industrial process—somehow, this makes what we see on the screen even more miraculous."—Kevin Brownlow, Director, Cecil B De Mille: American Epic and Garbo

"The Animated Man is by far the best critical study to date of Walt Disney and his worlds: corporate, personal, ideological, architectural. Michael Barrier's years of discussion with Disney's collaborators and family members make for a richly textured discussion of a figure often dismissed by the scholarly community as a vulgarian of the worst sort. Barrier shows us a tireless innovator, a man of deep feeling, a true American original who has woven himself into the very fabric of modern culture."—Karal Ann Marling, editor, Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256194
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
246,266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: "It's All Me"     1
"The Pet in the Family": On the Farm and in the City, 1901-1923     9
"A Cute Idea": The Self-Taught Filmmaker, 1923-1928     39
"You've Got to Really Be Minnie": Building a Better Mouse, 1928-1933     68
"This Character Was a Live Person": The Leap to Feature Films, 1934-1938     100
"A Drawing Factory": Ambition's Price, 1938-1941     134
"A Queer, Quick, Delightful Gink": On a Treadmill, 1941-1947     168
"Caprices and Spurts of Childishness": Escaping from Animation, 1947-1953     200
"He Was Interested in Something Else": Escaping from Film, 1953-1959     235
"Where I Am Happy": Restless in the Magic Kingdom, 1959-1965     270
"He Drove Himself Right Up to the End": Dreaming of a Nightmare City, 1965-1966     301
Afterword: "Let's Never Not Be a Silly Company"     319
Notes     327
Index     379

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