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Heidi Guedel?s early family life was marred by violence, alcoholism, and rejection. But early on, she learned to make boisterous, artistic fun of people and circumstances that threatened her! This irrepressible talent and drive enabled her to become a successful Animator at Disney Studios, Don Bluth Productions, and Warner Brothers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (October 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410776557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410776556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,772,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Madden on October 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I am a fan of Disney and Don Bluth animation, and I wanted to know the inside "scoop". I finished the book because of my admiration for Heidi as a survivor.
Miss Guedel provides a startling and accurate picture of the the unloved children of the fifties, raised by television, as our parents lived a life no longer inhibited by depression and war.
She leads us through her struggle through school, the free spirited sixties, then fighting her way into the world of animation only to find that women were not taken seriously. At no time in the telling of her story does the author ask for sympathy, but captivates us with her honesty and candor. The author unwittingly makes us think about the paths we have taken as we follow her life, and reflect on how we survived.
Heidi Guedel's autobiography is a frank and humorious disection of the life of many "Baby-Boomers", as well as a window into the making of many of our favorite animated movies. This is an amazingly uplifting, well written book, with many illustrations. I was unable to it put down until the final picture. I highly recommend "Animatrix-a Female Animator" for everyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Singin' in the Sun on October 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a larger format (8.25 x 11") softcover edition of the very same book also published by iUniverse (in 6 x 9" format). The print and illustrations/photos are larger in this edition, which is nicer for some people.
I was literally "hooked" in the first few pages of this book. The content is compelling, inspiring, and emotionally deep. This future Disney Animator began her life as an emotionally deprived, rejected, and abused child... but she rose above it with an irrepressible sense of humor, and a talent that would not be denied. Her excellent descriptions of the people in her life are neither bitter nor maudlin... and often quite funny. In fact, she demonstrates a level of comprehension and compassion for others that is extremely refreshing in a "tell-all" memoir. The inside info on what it was like to work at Disney Studios is fascinating and hilarious. I am anxious to read the sequel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "fatpussum" on October 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have always been a fan of traditional animation, so I was immediately attracted by this tale of someone who loves to draw little fat fuzzy things for a living. The inspiring thing about this book is that the author does not feel sorry for herself... she describes the challenges she faced as a mistreated youngster with a sprinkling of delicious Beverly Hills Bratty humor... hilarious at times! Then she takes us through her astoundingly mischievious High School high jinks on through "Art" school - a particularly educational and humorous chapter - through her years at Disney Studios. This is a book to savor with your favorite snacks.... filling and very gratifying!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Montalvo on June 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Heidi was my step-cousin but we lost touch after Helen Parrish (her step-mother and my aunt) died. While reconnecting with Helen's two children last year, one (Choddy) showed me a copy of Heidi's book and I promptly bought a copy and read it.

I visited Helen and John Guedel occasionally, although I lived in Atlanta at the time. I remember Heidi as being perennially sullen and aloof but this book details "the rest of the story". Clearly I would've been considerably more sympathetic had I known the hardships she suffered during her earlier childhood.

This is a great story and well told, undoubtedly a catharsis for Heidi but a great read, too. I was disappointed at not learning how her life evolved following her departure from Disney. Guess I'll have to wait for the sequel.

I'm going back east for another reunion with Helen's children this week and to see my last living aunt on the Parrish side, Kathy, whom I haven't seen in 35 years. Thinking about it reminded me to share my thoughts on Heidi's book.

Read it...I think you'll enjoy it even if you weren't there.
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