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Mickey Mouse: The Evolution, the Legend, the Phenomenon! (Welcome Book) [Paperback]

Robert Heide , John Gilman
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9 Jan 2003 Welcome Book
With Monique Peterson & Patrick WhiteA contemporary, fun-filled look at one of theworld's favourite stars of movies, television,books and comics. Since his 1928 debut inSteamboat Willie, Mickey has done it all, asmusician, magician, actor, dancer, singer,detective, plumber, firefighter, lover and more.Addressing the personality and staying power ofthis supermouse, this book featuresnever-before-published artwork from the WaltDisney Archives alongside classic illustrations -more than 300 in all.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (9 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786854073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786854073
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1928 when Walt Disney tried to sell Mickey Mouse to film distributors based on the first two cartoons, Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho, he was met with a wave of indifference. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdog Hero Creates Mouse Mania! 18 Sep 2001
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Mickey Mouse is one of the best recognized and well regarded symbols in the world. Children are even more willing to get inoculations if Mickey's face is on hand. Due to an aggressive merchandising bent, this Disney character has been transformed into almost every possible physical expression. The only things that I haven't seen done with Mickey are to turn him into buildings. Perhaps that will be next.
This book provides a primarily pictorial presentation of that history, from the original drawing by Ub Iwerks back in the 1920s through to the latest fashion in Mickey Mouse watches today. In between, you will see Mickey during his cartoon career (including a list of his appearances) beginning with his speaking role in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, through the three different versions of the Mickey Mouse Club (I was disappointed that there were no large photographs of Annette!), his role as a greeter as the Disney theme parks (you'll be fascinated by how the costume evolved), to his evolution as a drawn figure (pupils within pupils made him more appealing).
The book is loosely themed around Mickey's initial appeal as a brainy, underdog hero . . . a sort of mouse David versus Goliath. There are brief references to the other Disney characters, including Minnie, Donald Duck, and Pluto.
Clearly, the picture's the thing in this book. You will see ads, balloons, comic strips, lots of watches, wordworking projects, flower and topiary representations at the theme parks, movie posters, movie stills, story boards, every conceivable kind of merchandise, photographs, conceptual art (including Andy Warhol), Mickey Mouse ears, magazine covers, and sketches.
Although the book has some exposition, it is on the light side. Serious fans of Mickey would want to know a lot more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underdog Hero Creates Mouse Mania! 7 May 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Mickey Mouse is one of the best recognized and well regarded symbols in the world. Children are even more willing to get inoculations if Mickey's face is on hand. Due to an aggressive merchandising bent, this Disney character has been transformed into almost every possible physical expression. The only things that I haven't seen done with Mickey are to turn him into buildings. Perhaps that will be next.
This book provides a primarily pictorial presentation of that history, from the original drawing by Ub Iwerks back in the 1920s through to the latest fashion in Mickey Mouse watches today. In between, you will see Mickey during his cartoon career (including a list of his appearances) beginning with his speaking role in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, through the three different versions of the Mickey Mouse Club (I was disappointed that there were no large photographs of Annette!), his role as a greeter as the Disney theme parks (you'll be fascinated by how the costume evolved), to his evolution as a drawn figure (pupils within pupils made him more appealing).
The book is loosely themed around Mickey's initial appeal as a brainy, underdog hero . . . a sort of mouse David versus Goliath. There are brief references to the other Disney characters, including Minnie, Donald Duck, and Pluto.
Clearly, the picture's the thing in this book. You will see ads, balloons, comic strips, lots of watches, wordworking projects, flower and topiary representations at the theme parks, movie posters, movie stills, story boards, every conceivable kind of merchandise, photographs, conceptual art (including Andy Warhol), Mickey Mouse ears, magazine covers, and sketches.
Although the book has some exposition, it is on the light side. Serious fans of Mickey would want to know a lot more.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdog Hero Creates Mouse Mania! 18 Sep 2001
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mickey Mouse is one of the best recognized and well regarded symbols in the world. Children are even more willing to get inoculations if Mickey�s face is on hand. Due to an aggressive merchandising bent, this Disney character has been transformed into almost every possible physical expression. The only things that I haven�t seen done with Mickey are to turn him into buildings. Perhaps that will be next.
This book provides a primarily pictorial presentation of that history, from the original drawing by Ub Iwerks back in the 1920s through to the latest fashion in Mickey Mouse watches today. In between, you will see Mickey during his cartoon career (including a list of his appearances) beginning with his speaking role in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, through the three different versions of the Mickey Mouse Club (I was disappointed that there were no large photographs of Annette!), his role as a greeter as the Disney theme parks (you�ll be fascinated by how the costume evolved), to his evolution as a drawn figure (pupils within pupils made him more appealing).
The book is loosely themed around Mickey�s initial appeal as a brainy, underdog hero . . . a sort of mouse David versus Goliath. There are brief references to the other Disney characters, including Minnie, Donald Duck, and Pluto.
Clearly, the picture�s the thing in this book. You will see ads, balloons, comic strips, lots of watches, wordworking projects, flower and topiary representations at the theme parks, movie posters, movie stills, story boards, every conceivable kind of merchandise, photographs, conceptual art (including Andy Warhol), Mickey Mouse ears, magazine covers, and sketches.
Although the book has some exposition, it is on the light side. Serious fans of Mickey would want to know a lot more. So the ideal recipient for this book would be a young person who likes Mickey, but doesn�t know very much about him.
Fans of Minnie will be very disappointed. She is almost totally ignored in the book. Since my daughter likes Minnie much better than Mickey, this would be a poor choice as a gift for her.
Those looking for the ultimate visual experience with Mickey will also find this book to be disappointing. Although it has a lot of attractive material, it could have had much, much more.
Like most compromises, the book fails to fully satisfy. I graded the book down accordingly although it is perfectly executed for its concept of providing a little background with a lot of images of Mickey.
After you finish enjoying this book, think about who you favorite cartoon character is. Why do you like that character? What traits of that character do you wish that you embodied? What other traits would make that character even more desirable?
Look for role models wherever you can find them!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Mouse : The Best Cartoon ever 8 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love the book it really tells how Mickey Mouse becomes a figure of American Icon and All around the world. Great Pictures, Great Story of a Great Mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Mouse Book 28 Jan 2014
By Mariana Gorrin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought it as a birthday gift for my friend who likes to read about the history of Walt Disney. She loves the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to My Mickey Mouse Collection! 4 July 2013
By Peg Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This 2001 hardcover edition has some outstanding color & black & white photos, prints, illustrations, & art work of Mickey & his Disney friends from Mickey's birth in 1928 thru the end of the century, particularly thru the 1970's. Interesting narratives on the history & evolution of Mickey & the Disney Company add to the enjoyment of this book. Nearly 200 pages of Mickey magic. Got a great price on a nice used copy at Amazon. Would definitely recommend to any Mickey / Disney fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mickey Years 3 Jun 2013
By Charlie C. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mickey Mouse has become one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th Century having evolved into the official corporate logo For all the various Disney Enterprises. Read about the history of his design, appearance in cartoons and significance in his Pop Culture impact both in the US and abroad. Full of pictures. The best Mickey Reference book on the market. Excellent read.
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