Walt Disney the American Dreamer

Walt Disney the American Dreamer

by Tom E. Tumbusch




Walt Disney has been described as complex, difficult to work with, and a workaholic. This book shows how simple his methods were and how he got so many peopole to want the same things he did.

He with the help of his brother Roy accomplished more in one life than any other modern entertainment executive. Walt's achievements are well documented. But how did this man, who quit formal education after one year in high school to become an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in France, achieve all the things he did?

Walt once said, "If we can dream it, we can do it." Then he showed the world how to give cartoons a heart, make an animated feature film, and build Disneyland. Experts bet on his failure at every turn. When Walt did encounter major setbacks he had a way of turning them into a success. He didn't do it alone. His brother Roy was there his entire life to make his dreams financially possible. Walt carefully built teams of animators, motion picture production executives, and Imagineers who wanted to share his dreams.

This book focuses on how he did it and the key people who helped him. It is a compilation of facts learned through friendships with people who worked directly with Walt Disney while he was alive, plus interviews with others close to Walt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780914293613
Publisher: Tomart Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     9
Walt and Me     12
Of Mice and Brothers - An Overview     19
Orchestrating Animated Entertainment     29
Reversal of Fortune     56
Walt Disney Live!     73
Smaller Screen, Brighter Future     79
Walt's Biggest Dream     89
Walking with Walt     101
Project X     119
What Would Walt Do?     131
Walt and Me - Epilogue     141
Disney Reference Library at a Glance     145

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Walt Disney the American Dreamer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OswaldJackson More than 1 year ago
In this beautiful, heartfelt (albeit personal) biography, Tom Tumbusch neatly covers the grand scale of Walt Disney's rise as film producer and Theme Park innovator. Tracing his life from humble roots,to huge success, Tumbusch paints Walt as a real person. It is not one of those usual hero-worship biographies. It's an excellent addition to the Disneyphile's collection, but anyone will find great interest in it. An exhaustive compendium of books/articles about Walt is at the back of the book. It will become an invaluable research tool to Disney scholars, and the color photos used as illustrations are stunning-- many of them never-before-seen.