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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253213533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253213532
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,202,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Walt Disney and Europe" is a fascinating study of the way Europe and European culture influenced Walt Disney in the making of animated feature films from "Snow White" to the "Jungle Book". Dr Allan, through archival research and interviews with many of those who worked closely with Walt Disney himself, has written a unique account of the films and their links with Europe. Unlike many other books on Disney, it is not based on secondary sources, and makes no attempt to cover the whole range of the Disney phenomenon, but concentrates on the classic animated films that were produced under Walt Disney's personal supervision. These films are still the basis of the company's continuing success and Dr. Allan, through archival research and through interviews with many of those who worked closely with Walt Disney himself, has written a unique account of the films and their links with Europe. The book is lavishly illustrated in black and white and with 93 fabulous colour plates from public collections and rare private archives from both Europe and the USA, many of which have never been published before. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This chapter is a brief biography of Walt Disney and an account of the growth of his studio until his death in 1966; details will emerge later as the animated feature films are examined, with their debt to European sources and their absorption into the popular cultural mould which Disney embraced. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. WYNNE-ELLIS on 25 Feb 2010
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A wonderful piece of research and a most rewarding read. Still I wonder whether the connection between Walt Disney and European folklore and fairy stories is really that deep. Perhaps we should pay more attention to the work of all those refugees from Hitler's Europe instead. Nevertheless I found the book and the exhibition (in Helsinki) very stimulating.
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A "must read" for film buffs and Disney fans. 3 Feb 2000
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Robin Allan's Walt Disney And Europe: European Influences On The Animated Feature Films Of Walt Disney is carefully based on archival research and extensive interviews with those who worked closely with Walt Disney. Concentrating on the classic animated feature films produced under Walt Disney's personal supervision, Walt Disney And Europe examines the European influences on some of the most beloved Disney classics from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to "The Jungle Book". With its painstaking attention to detail and meticulous research, Walt Disney And Europe will prove to be of immense interest to students of cinematic history in general, and the work of the Disney Studios in particular.
Comprehensive! 23 Jun 2014
By Ed Hooks, Acting for Animators - Published on
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I bought this book thinking I already knew pretty much all I needed to know about European influences on Walt Disney's fairy tale movies, expecting to add a couple of check marks next to how smart I am. By page five, I knew I should slap my face because "Walt Disney and Europe" is exceptionally well researched and beautifully presented. Thanks, Robin Allan, for taming a bit of my hubris. My note to anybody interested in why Walt Disney made many of the creative choices he did in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (for starters) Is: You have to have "Walt Disney and Europe". Double check marks.
I expected more 23 May 2014
By C. V. Gomez - Published on
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I must say that I was quite biased while reading this book since I had the luck to visit the show based upon this book (Il etat un fois Disney) which was oh so grand. I guess I expected more visual reference -though the book has many pictures- somehow it comes short at what the show was so successful in transmitting: the many ways -distinctive and subtle- in which the artists' European backgrounds influenced Disney's approach to depicting fantasy. Allan's research is thorough and amazing, but I just didn't feel it did justice to the concept. Though a very interesting subject that may lead to further research for those interested in learning a bit more of the context in which Disney's major works were drawn from, in my opinion. Enjoy!
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