Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation and Theme Parks

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YA--An evaluation of the quality and financial successes of Disney's ventures. Koenig presents a chronological overview of 30 films from "Snow White" through "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"; he relates each one to its original tale, gives the Disney version, and tells what and why cuts were made. The promised secrets consist of such things as "Plot Holes," "Bloopers," "Hidden Images," and "Strange Reactions." Although there is no Disney art here, there are a few black-and-white illustrations by Joel Chandler Harris as well as Tenniel's famous Alice sketches and one of Ernest Shepard's Mary Poppins. Anecdotes about the growth of the Disney industry and the development of the theme-park rides are included. One of the most enticing sidebars offers over 50 names that were originally considered for the seven dwarfs.--Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964060500
  • Publisher: Bonaventure Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword                                                                                            9
Preface 11
I The Disney Cookbook [Introduction] 13
II Disney Developed [Salad Days] 1922-1942 23
1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 25
2 Pinocchio 34
3 Fantasia 42
4 Dumbo 52
5 Bambi 57
III Disney Discouraged [Potluck] 1943-1949 61
6 Song of the South 63
IV Disney Delighted [Classic Cuisine] 1950-1959 71
7 Cinderella 73
8 Alice in Wonderland 78
9 Peter Pan 93
10 Lady and the Tramp 97
11 Sleeping Beauty 103
V Disney Distracted [Microwave Magic]1960-1967 113
12 101 Dalmations 116
13 The Sword in the Stone 121
14 Mary Poppins 126
15 The Jungle Book 132
VI Disney Duplicated [Reheated Leftovers] 1968-1984 137
16 The Aristocats 141
17 Bedknobs and Broomsticks 144
18 Robin Hood 149
19 The Rescuers 153
20 Pete's Dragon 162
21 The Fox and the Hound 166
VII Disney Disassembled [Cleansing the Palette] 1985-1988 171
22 The Great Mouse Detective 175
23 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 179
24 Oliver & Co 191
VIII Disney Distinguished [Icing on the Cake] 1989-1994 197
25 The Little Mermaid 200
26 Beauty and the Beast 207
27 Aladdin 214
28. The Lion King 227
IX. Disney Diluted [Chef's Surprise] 1994-1996 233
29. Pocahontas 238
30. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 246
X. Disney's Destiny [Conclusion] 1997 255
Bibliography [Ingredients] 259
Index 264
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    Behind the Scenes on Disney Animated Features

    Mouse Under Glass is an unauthorized review of classic Disney animated features, from the first full-length animated feature Snow White through the release of Tarzan in the late 1990s. A plot summary is given for each movie, along with a summary of the original storyline the film was based on and a history of how the film was made. The author also notes any plot holes, bloopers, outtakes, strange reactions and more. Although this may not be interesting to the casual viewer, Disney fans (and you know who you are) will enjoy the behind-the-scenes story of how their favorite feature came to be made. Since the book is unauthorized, there are no pictures, which is certainly a short-coming for a book of this type, but perhaps you may feel somewhat compensated by the unauthorized material provided from interviews with animators, directors, writers, and others involved with the creative process. As a side note, author Koenig has also written two unauthorized volumes (Mouse Tales and More Mouse Tales) about the Disneyland park which are a treasure-trove of related information. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    Hilarious and Informative

    Having been a Disney obsessee for most of my childhood, it was difficult to find books that featured new information about the past of the Disney company. Also, most existing accounts were either Disney sanctioned tomes with, as Keonig put it, 'More backpatting than a Jerry Lewis telethon' or they were avid Walt-bashing. It has been my experience that Keonig is one of the few objective voices in the Disney discussion pool, and though, like me, he has been greatly disillusioned with Disney, he apparently still has an affection for it. Die-hard Disney fans will probably be offended at first when Keonig admittedly 'knitpicks', but he manages to recover with a lot of good humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Interesting Book Interesting De tails

    I loved it found it interesting and and revealing about the hidden secrets of Disney animation an eye opener.

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