Walt Disney was a man of great vision. His name is an American Icon. He is world renowned for the unforgettable images that he brought to the silver screen, which captured the imaginations of young and old alike. Those images and characters he created have transcended the movie houses they were originally shown in and have leaped into literature, art, toys and educational entertainment parks touching almost every part of the globe.
The creator of the iconic character, Mickey Mouse, both as an illustrator and supplier of Mickey's original voice, brought together a highly specialized yet diversely talented team of artists and craftsmen whose works will endure for all mankind.
There was something always very characteristic on whatever Walt Disney had a personal hand in. Even his live action films that he personally produced have that unique Walt Disney look and feel about them. Their sights and sounds have an enduring quality about them which remains with anyone that has viewed them.
Through the end of my adolescence there began a time when I began to feel that Walt's films were nothing more than some cornball kid's stuff and were nothing more than mildly entertaining fluff. However, in retrospect I now see the emotional charged craftsmanship that went into his films. They were always interesting, but more importantly they always sparked the imagination and some such as "Old Yeller" brutally challenged the younger viewer to prepare for the responsibilities of adulthood.
I think that while Walt was alive especially heading into the 1960s he was beginning to become taken for granted and his legacy was somewhat cynically scrutinized as something archaic and out of step with the "real world." I think that today as members of the "real world" we have to take a look back and see the values that one man cherished and wanted to share with all the people on this planet. We are losing those values ever so quickly cloaked in a stealth-like path to ultimate despair. It is good to see that one man's vision and hope that the future generations of society would not abandon those values, but cling to them and nurture them. That vision is not dead.
Walt is remembered. This book was very inspiring and uplifting. It was good to read anecdotes from people who knew him and were touched by his devotion to his ideals through his approach to his many endeavors. Annette Funicello, Dean Jones, the Sherman brothers, Kurt Russell, Hayley Mills and many others were very kind to share their fond experiences with Walt. They remind us that he is indeed not forgotten and has left an indelible mark on all those that he touched as a man and through his works. I highly recommend this book.