The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney

The Disney Version The Life Times Art and Commerce of Walt Disney Richard Schickel s classic history of Walt Disney s life and times was the first to look behind the carefully nurtured avuncular image of the man Some howled in protest at this criticism of their hero

  • Title: The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney
  • Author: Richard Schickel
  • ISBN: 9781566631587
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • Richard Schickel s classic history of Walt Disney s life and times was the first to look behind the carefully nurtured avuncular image of the man Some howled in protest at this criticism of their hero, but they failed to see that Mr Schickel s book acknowledged Disney s profound influence on American popular culture The Disney Version takes us from Walt s wandering youtRichard Schickel s classic history of Walt Disney s life and times was the first to look behind the carefully nurtured avuncular image of the man Some howled in protest at this criticism of their hero, but they failed to see that Mr Schickel s book acknowledged Disney s profound influence on American popular culture The Disney Version takes us from Walt s wandering youth through the desperate gamble of opening his own animation studio, his daring decision to crash Hollywood, the sudden and inspired invention of Mickey Mouse and on to the creation of a multimillion dollar international entertainment empire Throughout, Mr Schickel asks penetrating questions about Disney s achievements and shortcomings, and about the enormous popularity of the Disney version.

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    1. Besides the fact that the book is pretty dated (written before the last 30-something years of the Disney corporation), it would have benefited from more specific examples (i.e specific movies, or specific parts of those movies) to back up its sweeping claims. I was looking forward to a critical look at Disney and Disney-fication, and while I understand this is hardly an objective piece, I expected it to be a bit more balanced, and less condescending, towards both Disney and the reader. That bein [...]

    2. This was the first CRITICAL biography of Disney, written engagingly by the late critic for Time Magazine, Richard Schickel.When I read the book, the connections between Disney's trend-setting cartoons and American psychology, including barnyard humor, became clearer.Highly recommended, together with Michael Barrier's more recent biography of Disney, The Animated Man (University of California Press, 2007).

    3. Being a Disneyaholic I personally try to read everything Disney. The positive reviews of this book have astonished me. This book is no more than 300 plus pages of personal attacks and insults on everything Disney has ever done. The author seems intent on personally insulting Disney and depicting him as a small-town idiot with no taste or talent. He has dug up critical reviews of every Disney feature and manages to insult everything from Donald Duck to Bambi. The posturing is laughable, and it se [...]

    4. I found a book club hardback of The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney at a book sale last year; since we're planning a trip to Walt Disney World in December, I thought I'd read this to get in the mood.Published only two years after Walt Disney's death in 1966, Schickel did not have the opportunity to reflect on the greater legacy of the man behind The Mouse, as other biographers have. It was also not an sanctioned work; Schickel writes in his afterword that late in [...]

    5. An interesting though sometimes pedantic read, this book is best viewed in context of the time it was written at the height of 60's film criticism, which was justifiably anti-Hollywood and anti-establishment. Not much, if any, substantial criticism had been written about Disney for years at this point, so the author takes pains to tear down the legend.Unfortunately, much of the criticism, particularly of Disney's early cartoons and innovations, are trivial and often pretentious, and the narrativ [...]

    6. Richard Shickel is a very confused man. His book "The Disney Version" is his attempt to totally slam Walt Disney and his audience while he tries to praise his artistic work. This book's primary purpose is basically to show that Walt Disney was this really confused, cynical genius who while bravely delivering artistic masterpieces in the late 1930's he eventually sold his soul to the "devil" (the mainstream American middle class - read "religious, conservative, etc.") and became a cheap purveyor [...]

    7. Taking into account the fact that this book is almost 40 years old, I found it extremely hard to follow. The author makes many pop-culture references pertinent to the time that I cannot relate to (as if he expects the reader to be a Hollywood-insider/contemporary of Disney's). The book skips around to different time periods and is very dry. This is NOT a biography, as I thought, more of a commentary on Disney's impact on American culture and entertainment, as it quickly summarizes Disney's forma [...]

    8. Not the friendliest desciption of Mr. Disney. On balance it gives the good and the bad and describes how Walt and Roy Disney built the 'Mouse's' empire. I took my first visit to DisneyWorld in Florida in early November 2007. That is what piqued my interest in the life of Walt Disney. This book was written in 1968 after Walt Disney passed. It does not contain any of the newer changes, but really the business was set up by this time and what has happened was inevitable. The Disney Company is set t [...]

    9. Read this book about ten years ago when I was much more acquainted with the Disney organization. Granted it's only one man's opinion, but that opinion is shared by many. Disney had an amazing and brilliant mind and the guts and drive to accomplish plenty. His accomplishments are an inspiration. But he had his dark side, as perhaps we all do. This is a peek into shadowland.

    10. A sometimes alarming but very fair investigation of the history of Disney. Schickel doesn't forget to praise Disney's artistic accomplishments as he points out the controversial side of Walt's legacy.

    11. After the first one hundred pages, I was not interested enough to continue. I have enjoyed reading a number of books about Disney and his legacy, both positive and negative, but this one didn't grab me.

    12. A good read. A little more snarky than it needs to be, but a really good "other side of the coin" look at Disney. Though facts are not always straight.

    13. I honestly thought i would enjoy this book more than i did,but it can be at tad bit bland at times. I would reccomend a different Walt Disney biography.

    14. I am neither a Disney hater nor a Disneyphile. I enjoyed this pungent "minority report" on Walt's legacy.

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