The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney / Edition 3

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Overview

This classic history of Walt Disney’s life and works takes us from his wandering youth through the desperate gamble of opening his own animation studio, his daring decision to crash Hollywood, the sudden and inspired invention of Mickey Mouse—and on to the creation of a multimillion-dollar international entertainment empire. Throughout Richard Schickel asks penetrating questions about Disney’s achievements and shortcomings, and the enormous popularity of the "Disney version." "The story of how Disney built an empire on corrupt popular culture…becomes a revealing part of American cultural history."—Pauline Kael. "One of the best studies ever done on American popular culture…unfailingly, consistently intelligent, and eminently readable."—Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University. "Richard Schickel’s unauthorized biography of Walt Disney…may be the single most illuminating work on America and the movies."—Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star.
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Editorial Reviews

Commentary
The Disney Version is a model of good judgment, exemplary in balance and impeccable in tone.
— Joseph Epstein
Kansas City Star
The single most illuminating work on America and the movies.
— Robert W. Butler
Brandeis University
One of the best studies ever done on American popular culture...unfailingly, consistently intelligent, and eminently readable.
— Stephen J. Whitfield
Atlantic
Established the terms of interpretation and debate about Disney...Schickel's [version] remains the most analytically and aesthetically penetrating portrait.
— Benjamin Schwarz
Midwest Book Review
A classic history: the first to look behind the man's image. Enjoy a new introduction which reflects Disney's lasting influences.
Commentary - Joseph Epstein
The Disney Version is a model of good judgment, exemplary in balance and impeccable in tone.
Kansas City Star - Robert W. Butler
The single most illuminating work on America and the movies.
Brandeis University - Stephen J. Whitfield
One of the best studies ever done on American popular culture...unfailingly, consistently intelligent, and eminently readable.
Pauline Kael
The story of how Disney built an empire on corrupt popular culture...becomes a revealing part of American cultural history.
Atlantic - Benjamin Schwarz
Established the terms of interpretation and debate about Disney...Schickel's [version] remains the most analytically and aesthetically penetrating portrait.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566631587
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,434,261
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time magazine and author of many books, including D. W. Griffith and the Birth of Film; The Men Who Made the Movies; and Intimate Strangers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    The biography has a interesting order to the way that the story of the magical man, that created so much, is portrayed. The book tells of Disneyland, Mickey Mouse, and Walt Disney and his life and struggles. The major message of the book for me was that in Walt¿s life he never gave up on trying to do what he wanted to do. For example when he was a child he wanted to be an artist he took art classes and had an apprenticeship with a local cartoonist I really enjoyed the practical application of Walt Disney¿s life that Richard Schickel put into his book. The way that quotes were used to give a different view than that of what the public believed at the time was really different and showed Walt Disney for the person that he believed that he was. I disliked that the author put his own views in to the work and tainted the mythical man behind the mouse. He believed that Walt had a ward childhood but it was really a norm for the time period. If someone is interested in Walt Disney as a person, that lived during the late 1800 to the mid 1900 than I would recommend this book to them. It was very informative about his as well as about the corporation until 1966.I would not recommend this book to someone that wanted to learn about the Walt Disney studio because the book only covers part of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Lacey Toland Mrs.mc's 4th college comp.class

    This book about Walt Disney's life is so awesome that it is hard to put it words. he has done so many wonderful things with his life. he started all of these new ideas and things not just for children, but for adults also to enjoy and laugh at. i enjoy all his shows and movies and books very much. this book just goes to show you that there are very wonderful things out there.

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