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Barrier (founder & editor, Funnyworldmagazine; Hollywood Cartoons) purports to reveal the mind of Walt Disney by examining his creative output. Without access to the Disney archives, he uses interviews and primary sources to determine what made Disney tick. Nothing new is revealed, and Barrier often uses his research to belittle and complain about Disney's classic work (e.g., Mary Poppins"suffers from debilitating weaknesses") as well as other endeavors bearing his name; Barrier writes of rides designed for the 1964 World's Fair and Disneyland, "All these exhibits invited aesthetic and intellectual objections that could not be applied seriously to the earlier rides at Disneyland." Certain seminal events in Disney's life, such as his polo injury and the death of his parents, are barely discussed. More of a critical slam of Disney's cartoons and films than a useful biography, this book will disappoint, bore, or anger fans of the man. For a more thorough and balanced Disney biography, read instead Neal Gabler's Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination. Not recommended.