Walt Disney is one of those figures that everyone knows without really knowing at all, and one of the things I learned from this biography is that even the people in his life who had daily contact with him, who lived with him, worked with him, even grew up with him, would have said the same thing. He was an intensely private person, and one wonders how much of the carefully cultivated image of himself that was created and wrapped up with his films was a deliberate attempt to hide that private self. Disney has had a lot of criticism over the years, but for better or worse you cannot deny that there are few people who have had the same level of influence on popular culture as Walt Disney. And I for one like that influence. This is an exceptionally well-written book, lively and engaging, fair and balanced, and very readable. The descriptions of the creation of some of the films, most particularly 'Snow White', are incredibly detailed, and it's made me want to go back and revisit some of those films. And go to Disneyland!
on 16 September 2009
A very very very long book, the author goes into minute detail about every little thing. I would start and return to this book as it did tend to get very boring in parts. Although it does provide a good idea of who Walt really was and how Disney was created. If you are not a hardcore Disney fan or cartoon historian, I'd tend to recommend you stear clear of this one. The business side of Disney is explained a bit but not nearly enough for those who are interested mainly in that side of Disney.