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  • Title: The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney
  • Author: Michael Barrier
  • ISBN: 9780520256194
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • Walt Disney 1901 1966 was one of the most significant creative forces of the twentieth century, a man who made a lasting impact on the art of the animated film, the history of American business, and the evolution of twentieth century American culture He was both a creative visionary and a dynamic entrepreneur, roles whose demands he often could not reconcile.In his compWalt Disney 1901 1966 was one of the most significant creative forces of the twentieth century, a man who made a lasting impact on the art of the animated film, the history of American business, and the evolution of twentieth century American culture He was both a creative visionary and a dynamic entrepreneur, roles whose demands he often could not reconcile.In his compelling new biography, noted animation historian Michael Barrier avoids the well traveled paths of previous biographers, who have tended to portray a blemish free Disney or to indulge in lurid speculation Instead, he takes the full measure of the man in his many aspects A consummate storyteller, Barrier describes how Disney transformed himself from Midwestern farm boy to scrambling young businessman to pioneering artist and, finally, to entrepreneur on a grand scale Barrier describes in absorbing detail how Disney synchronized sound with animation in Steamboat Willie created in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sympathetic cartoon characters whose appeal rivaled that of the best live action performers grasped television s true potential as an unparalleled promotional device and not least parlayed a backyard railroad into the Disneyland juggernaut.Based on decades of painstaking research in the Disney studio s archives and dozens of public and private archives in the United States and Europe, The Animated Man offers freshly documented and illuminating accounts of Disney s childhood and young adulthood in rural Missouri and Kansas City It sheds new light on such crucial episodes in Disney s life as the devastating 1941 strike at his studio, when his ambitions as artist and entrepreneur first came into serious conflict.Beginning in 1969, two and a half years after Disney s death, Barrier recorded long interviews with than 150 people who worked alongside Disney, some as early as 1922 Now almost all deceased, only a few were ever interviewed for other books Barrier juxtaposes Disney s own recollections against the memories of those other players to great effect What emerges is a portrait of Walt Disney as a flawed but fascinating artist, one whose imaginative leaps allowed him to vault ahead of the competition and produce work that even today commands the attention of audiences worldwide.
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    1. I ve read Gabler s definitive biography and the family commissioned Bob Thomas biography and even though they were both great, I found myself enjoying this one the most Given Barrier s obvious bent toward the history of animation and Disney s place in it, I didn t have the highest expectations I am generally interested in Walt s life than in the medium itself But the fact is that Michael Barrier made me care He made Walt s life through the lens of historical animation even interesting I m not [...]

    2. A well written biography Like any man, Walt was a complex person, with good and bad traits The author respects the many facets of Walt s personality he does not attempt to undermine or unnecessarily praise the man, nor does he seek to align the actions and achievements of Walt with some grand and unsubstantiated overarching theme as other biographers might There is no agenda here just an easy to read book, rooted in the facts, about a passionate, driven, and fascinating character.

    3. Michael Barrier took a lot of well known information about Walt Disney and combined it with an equal amount of guessing and opinions at least he didn t try to hide the fact that he was guessing The author skipped from one year to another at times I felt like I was reading random notes rather than a well written biography.

    4. Mike Barrier began this scholarship in his great fanzine, Funnyworld, which I was able to read in the 1970s He uses his earlier interviews with the great animators under Disney to great effect here.If you must read about Disney, read this book.Highest recommendation.

    5. I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing that it was started by a mouse Walt Disney in a promotional video clip on one of the early 80 s VHS tapes I used to watch when I was really little which told the Story of Disney s origins in five minutes, i.e how he made Steamboat Willie, from how it would tell us, out of his garage I think if you come to this book about Walt Disney what you think about the man, whatever it is, should be put to the wayside If you come to this book already convinc [...]

    6. The Animated Man A Life of Walt Disney is animation historian Michael Barrier s attempt to grasp Disney s life and persona Barrier s focus is on facts, shunning everything remotely hagiographic, and on animation, especially that of the Disney studio s golden age 1930 1940 This means that the first chapter, on Disney s youth, is dense with facts, to the brink of the unreadable It also means that the chapters on Disney s golden age are the most elaborate and the most interesting Unfortunately, Bar [...]

    7. A great book about a great and oh, how flawed man.Lots of surprises to come out of this admiring but very tough look at the man s life.Here s maybe the biggest The success of Walt Disney, the company, though not an inevitability, makes a lot sense when we realize that Disney the man was first and foremost a businessman and only secondarily, almost accidentally, an artist and the practical inventor of modern animation In the early days it was his artist employees that were on the cutting edge, d [...]

    8. As a child who grew up visiting Disney World, and recently returned from one of many trips to Disneyland with my kids, I wanted to learn about the man behind it all I have heard several different stories about Walt Disney some very harsh , and as such, I found this easily readable, but very detailed, biography an entertaining read.There are many revelations to be had, and I ll try not to spoil them for the reader This is the story of a man who grew up in a small Missouri town and worked non sto [...]

    9. Fairly brief bio Not very deep, not profound, highly critical Author did not appear to have access to closely guarded Walt Disney Archives.

    10. Walt Disney 1901 1966 was one of the most significant creative forces of the twentieth century, a man who made a lasting impact on the art of the animated film, the history of American business, and the evolution of twentieth century American culture He was both a creative visionary and a dynamic entrepreneur, roles whose demands he often could not reconcile In his compelling new biography, noted animation historian Michael Barrier avoids the well traveled paths of previous biographers, who have [...]

    11. There s a great deal of what some readers would consider extraneous matter in the early chapters of this book although, for my part, I prefer the subject to be placed firmly within a particular environment One could always skip the peregrinations of the Disney family even if what happened then bears on what follows What struck me the most as I read the later chapters was how little this is a biography in the usual or expected sense It charts Disney s progress through his many enthusiasms and as [...]

    12. I ventured into this book expecting to hate Walt Disney by the time I d be finished with it in fact, I was a bit scared I really would, and this is one of the reasons it took me forever to be done with it I had just seen Saving Mr Banks , and I had seen the Mary Poppins bts features years before that, and needless to say the former glorified Mr Disney and the latter was crowded with people who obviously adored him and spoke of him with tears in their eyes Who can possibly believe a person can be [...]

    13. If you are looking for a Disney sanctioned biography of one of the Twentieth Century s greatest entrepreneurs, this isn t it Having said that, it s vital to point out that author Michael Barrier also doesn t turn this into a tabloid biography by dwelling on rumors of some of Walt Disney s faults Some lesser ones are acknowledged chain smoking and a penchant for profanity but never used as sensationalist crutches They are merely presented as parts of the Walt Disney personality As are his impatie [...]

    14. The book itself gives a great account on Walt s life, with loads of interviews and quotes from people who knew him, personally or not Mostly not emitting any judgements, but letting facts and others words tell the story, you read through these discovering the man, and always relearning who he is as his personality is changing over the years It s a long and exciting adventure about somebody very famous who actually isn t well known from the public, except surface stories.I don t know if we can ca [...]

    15. Nice and yes a little nostalgic to be reminded of the days when Walt Disney was a person than a brand although he was a brand too from pretty early on Barrier does an excellent job of showing how and why the Disney studio became prominent and explaining the role of Disney himself in the Disney empire He didn t write, direct or draw much after the 1920s but everything the studio produced was distilled from his personality There s a lot of overlap between this book and the Disney chapter in Barri [...]

    16. Nelle ultime pagine di questo libro si dice che Walt Disney spesso considerato un personaggio immaginario, come quelli che ha creato o contribuito a creare In effetti da bambina mi ci voluto un po per capire che Disney fosse una persona in carne e ossa Ora ne so di pi era un genio, un pioniere, uno che aveva voglia di sperimentare, di provare, di fallire In questa biografia c tutto questo, le sue aspirazioni a volte folli , i suoi progetti, e i suoi fallimenti, le sue fragilit , i limiti Non fat [...]

    17. SLOW Interesting but overburdened with too many details Who cares about the address of every place he ever worked The first 58 pages are painfully slow After about 150 pages I finally just decided to skim the rest How does this have such high reviews This book could have been so much better with some tightening and a lot of red ink from a concise editor At about half the length this would have been readable As it is, I could only recommend it to animation history buffs and I don t know any of th [...]

    18. A fairly good biography I still think Neal Gabler s version is the definitive Walt bio What let this one down was the rushing through his last few years of life Also I found it a little unsettling when big films like sleeping beauty etc were glossed over and suddenly sleeping beauty s castle is being built in disneyland, but why It ruined my timeline a little bit when I was reading it Otherwise quite good.

    19. The Animated Man was OK I think it s the 6th or 7th biography of Walt Disney that I ve read I d say read An American Original by Bob Thomas and or Walt Disney by Neal Gabler first Barrier touches on some of the negative aspects of Disney s personality, temperament, etc than Thomas did, but doesn t get into as much detail as Gabler did, and simply glosses over certain important events in Walt s life Disney history.

    20. I found this to be an interesting and balance biography of Walt Disney The author played media critic a bit too much, which bothered me, but in the end I walked away with a clearer picture of a true American success story.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

    21. What made Walt Disney the man he became Anecdotes, stories from those who knew him tell the answer Walt Disney is a hero of mine, and I enjoyed this biography that didn t pull any punches and revealed him as an actual human, faults and genius both.

    22. The aim of picking this book up was to get to know the cradle to grave story of Walt Disney This book does deliver that adequately, though it could have used a bit better editing.

    23. Really interesting and in depth look at the development Disney s professional life Used it for a leadership class and it was pretty much spitting out theories at me.

    24. Now that I m working for his company, I thought it would be interesting to learn about the man This was a good, short biography that felt fairly well balanced to me.

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