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The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney by [Barrier, Michael]
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"This book is important not just as a biography, but also as a cultural history that provides great insight to one of the best-known creative minds of the twentieth century. Barrier's engaging and highly informative writing style offers excellent perspective on how much changed in the world of animated cartoons during Disney's lifetime, and just how much the Disney studio brought about these changes. The remarkable quantity of first-person accounts, interviews, and other primary evidence is one of the book's most important attributes. This biography chronicles Disney's life while keeping in view the technological and stylistic developments in animation and filmmaking that Disney helped bring about. Barrier's deft navigation of a wide variety of historical streams gives "Animated Man" a uniquely comprehensive and compelling story about Walt Disney."Daniel Goldmark, author of "Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon"
"Michael Barrier's biography of Walt Disney is impressive, with a remarkable range of interviews. I was fascinated to see this mysterious world laid out as an industrial processsomehow, this makes what we see on the screen even more miraculous."Kevin Brownlow, Director, "Cecil B De Mille: American Epic and Garbo"
""The Animated Man" is by far the best critical study to date of Walt Disney and his worlds: corporate, personal, ideological, architectural. Michael Barrier's years of discussion with Disney's collaborators and family members make for a richly textured discussion of a figure often dismissed by the scholarly community as a vulgarian of the worst sort. Barrier shows us a tireless innovator, a man of deep feeling, a true American original who has woven himself into the very fabric of modern culture."Karal Ann Marling, editor, "Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance""

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Michael Barrier founded and edited Funnyworld, the first serious magazine devoted to animation and the comics. He is the author of Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age (1999).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3743 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (30 April 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ET5QRW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #487,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is simply the best book about Disney that you can buy. Michael Barrier is not just a Disney enthusiast (although he is!): he is also an analytical critic and a meticulous researcher. By taking as his anchor point the devastating strike of 1941, which forced Disney to reassess his own self-image and his relationship with his staff, and then examining the road that had led from a second-storey studio in Kansas City to a utopian-planned, state-of-the-art but divisively compartmentalised Hollywood cartoon factory, Mr Barrier paints a detailed portrait of a driven/driving, creative/reductive, naive/cunning, patriarchal/manipulative, highly complex man.
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As a lifelong Disnerd, I decided I need to read a biography of Walt Disney. I tried Neal Gabler's but couldn't get through it because of all the side trips and pointless detail in it. Translation, I got bored.

While this book isn't the fast read I normally enjoy (then again, I normally read light mysteries), I found it very interesting. Author Michael Barrier manages to weave together various threads and the various parts of Walt's career and show how one interest lead to the next and the next. True, there are many things that could be included that weren't, but I still learn quite a lot and got a better sense of the man, warts and all.

You can't deny that the book is well researched and sourced. Each chapter contains over 100 references, almost always to people who knew Walt or things Walt himself said or wrote. Yes, at times he does present two different sides of the same story, but he usually has something to back up both.

My only real complaint is when he lets his inner critic out. He can't help but pass judgment of many of the films he talks about. This is especially true as we start getting into the live action years. He has very little use for them, but I think he misses the point of much of them. I think Walt was more interested in creating fun movies than in "art." These passages come off as snobbish rather than an actual biography.

And yet when he is talking about the failings of Walt as a man, he is careful to present both sides, leaving us with a picture of a man who was often short tempered but many people loved anyway.

Every time I picked this book up, I had a hard time putting it down. Those who want to know more about the man who created the entertainment empire will enjoy this book.
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Michael Barrier's The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney is one of two recent biographies released on Disney, the other being Neal Gabler's Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.
Although he may not have had the unfettered access to the Disney archives accorded Neal Gabler, one would hardly be aware of that particular handicap. He was able to utilize a great deal of information housed there, which along with interview after interview makes for a mighty informative read. And since many of the interviews utilized throughout the book date back over 30 years, Barrier was able to talk with many Disney employees who "were there" at or near the start of Walt Disney's impact on the world.

This book is so rich with detail! You can picture yourself there when a young Walt is growing up as a farm kid in Marceline, Missouri, or later when he's struggling to make a living.
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Amazingly brilliant!!!!! I totally love all & anything to do with this exceptionally clever man & Mickey Mouse is the love of my life. Fabulous read. Would recommend this book to anyone who loves Disney. I have grown up with Mickey being in my life from early childhood. Visited Disneyworld 3 times, 3rd time only being 3 weeks ago and is
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Very interesting, very informative book, meticulously researched and thought provoking. I read it primarily for business ideas and it certainly delivered. Enjoy
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