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The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History

The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History

by Nathalia Holt


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From the bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, the untold, "richly detailed" story of the women of Walt Disney Studios, who shaped the iconic films that have enthralled generations (Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Figures).

From Snow White to Moana, from Pinocchio to Frozen, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions. But few fans know that behind these groundbreaking features was an incredibly influential group of women who fought for respect in an often ruthless male-dominated industry and who have slipped under the radar for decades. 

In The Queens of Animation, bestselling author Nathalia Holt tells their dramatic stories for the first time, showing how these women infiltrated the boys' club of Disney's story and animation departments and used early technologies to create the rich artwork and unforgettable narratives that have become part of the American canon. As the influence of Walt Disney Studios grew — and while battling sexism, domestic abuse, and workplace intimidation — these women also fought to transform the way female characters are depicted to young audiences.

With gripping storytelling, and based on extensive interviews and exclusive access to archival and personal documents, The Queens of Animation reveals the vital contributions these women made to Disney's Golden Age and their continued impact on animated filmmaking, culminating in the record-shattering Frozen, Disney's first female-directed full-length feature film.

A Best Book of 2019: Library Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Financial Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316439152
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 266,606
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)

About the Author

Nathalia Holt, Ph.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars and Cured: The People who Defeated HIV. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and Time. She is a former Fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard University. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in Pacific Grove, California.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Timeline xix

Chapter 1 One Day When We Were Young 3

Chapter 2 Whistle While You Work 21

Chapter 3 When You Wish Upon a Star 37

Chapter 4 Waltz of the Flowers 59

Chapter 5 Little April Shower 94

Chapter 6 Baby Mine 110

Chapter 7 Aquarela do Brasil 124

Chapter 8 You're in the Army Now 137

Chapter 9 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah 162

Chapter 10 So This Is Love 181

Chapter 11 In a World of My Own 193

Chapter 12 You Can Fly! 207

Chapter 13 Once Upon a Dream 220

Chapter 14 Dalmatian Plantation 237

Chapter 15 It's a Small World 248

Chapter 16 Up, Down, Touch the Ground 263

Chapter 17 Part of Your World 275

Chapter 18 I'll Make a Man Out of You 295

Chapter 19 For the First Time in Forever 307

Epilogue: Happily Ever After 321

Acknowledgments 325

Notes 327

Index 365

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