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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142317805X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423178057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DAVID A. BOSSERT received a B.F.A. in Character Animation from CalArts School of Film in 1983. Mr. Bossert has been with the Walt Disney Company for nearly 30 years. He has served as a Producer, Director, Associate Producer, Artistic Coordinator, Visual Effects Supervisor and Effects Animator on various films and is currently serving as the Creative Director & Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His film work includes The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, Hercules, Fantasia 2000 and the Academy Award-nominated shorts Runaway Brain, Destino, and Lorenzo.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Gorog on September 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book, Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life, is a wonderful view into the life of Roy E. Disney and the impact he had on The Walt Disney Company. This is not a stuffy biography but rather a glimpse into Roy's life as told by some of his friends and co workers at Disney and masterfully woven together by the author, Dave Bossert. Mr. Bossert had the opportunity to work with Roy E. and many of his stories illustrate that this was an extraordinary man with a passion for what his father (Roy O. Disney) and uncle (Walt E. Disney) began, keeping the Disney dream alive.

Roy E. Disney saved The Walt Disney company twice, once in the mid 1980's, a second time about 20 years later. Any fan of Disney will enjoy this book and the many photos of Roy E. and his family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Lowe on October 21, 2013
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I feel a little guilty with an "okay" review since it is obvious the author wanted to give us a heartfelt tribute.
Too much fluff and not enough meat, albeit we are warned a hardcore bio would be left to others.
The first third of the book spent too much time telling us what he was going to tell us instead of just jumping in.
I loved that Roy was portrayed as an every man's billionaire, but the point became quite redundant.
Somewhere over half way we start getting some idea of Roy's tangible value to the Disney family and company, though not much more than you would find in a brief bio. The last couple chapters are a touching and respectful tribute to Roy's memory.
Overall it left me wanting much more. The volume of photos are worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krystal Lambert on December 29, 2013
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The legacy of the Disney family continues to inspire and fascinate generations from around the world. Remembering Roy E. Disney is a heartwarming collection of recorded memories and tales of one of the Disney men behind the magic. As Bossert mentions, the book is not a biography of life of Roy E. Disney but rather a sentimental reflection of the man cherished by many. Bossert honors Disney's memory by sharing images and stories as told by those who personally knew Roy, including Bossert himself.

What makes this such an enticing read is the author's personal connection to Roy E. Disney and how he takes readers through others' cherished memories of Roy while relating such accounts to his own encounters with Roy. This gives readers a deeper sense of who Roy was as a person, just "one of the guys", as Bossert writes.

This book is touching, insightful, and inspirational for anyone interested in Disney --the family or the Walt Disney Company. Readers will undoubtedly grow a new respect and admiration for Roy after reading it. I highly recommend this book become a part of your personal collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Samo on September 18, 2013
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It was not an easy task for Creative Director and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios, David A. Bossert to sit down and write a book Roy E. Disney. Their relationship transitioning from boss to friend is an interesting story.

We have to start off by saying, this is not a dirty tell all book, or an over romanticized eulogy where Mr. Disney is depicted as being a perfect angel. Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life, is far more of a conversation between Bossert and the reader. The stories he shares are genuine, honest and what Bossert experienced over the last 20 plus years working with Roy E. Disney.

One particular story that sticks out is when Destino, a film that was over 60 years in the making, originally conceptualized between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney, finally was completed in 2003. The film lost at the Academy Awards, and after the event, instead of heading to a fancy after party gala, Roy's first wife, Patty suggested they go to the local California burger chain, In-and-Out for dinner.

Here are six well dressed, animation executives and a billionaire after the most important award ceremony in the film industry and instead of rubbing elbows with other big-wigs, decide to grab burgers and fries and head back to the Disney family home.

This was no surprise for Disney who understood the value of a dollar, but wasn't afraid to splurge on various hobbies. Here was a man who could one week be racing in the Transpac (sailing race from the Orange County, California coast to Hawaii) and the next be having hotdogs at Costco, where he actually proposed to his second wife, Leslie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John D. Muir on May 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
First, let me admit that I picked up this book without checking it out, under the impression that it was a biography of Walt's brother Roy (that would be Roy O. This is his son, Roy E., father of Roy P. and grandfather of Roy M.). Never mind, Roy E. is a great figure in his own right, the Disney who saved the company in the 1980s and again in the 2000s.

Unfortunately, though written with sincerity and warmth, this book is unforgivably inadequate in describing those momentous events. The author cheerfully confesses that when the idea for this book occurred to him, he went out and got a book on how to write a book, Either it wasn't a very good one or he failed to follow the instructions.

What Mr. Bossert has produced is a bunch of reminiscences of the "Do you remember when he...?" type, the kind of stories which people who have a shared background tell over a few drinks late at night. If you were there, they are good fun; if you weren't, you need to have a talented writer to make them interesting to anyone else. The stories here aren't very interesting from either perspective to a reader who didn't know Roy E. personally. The only part of the book that rises above trivial is the description of how Roy E. rescued the animation division and ushered in a new golden age of computer-based animation.

The really interesting stuff, how Roy E. saved the company from being broken up and sold off piecemeal in the 1980s and his part in ousting the egocentric and increasingly tyrannical Michael Eisner in the 2000s, are only lightly touched on and given about the same importance as stories about how much fun it was to fly in Roy E's private plane or how he sailed his private, state-of-the-art racing yacht.

There are some good pictures and Mr.
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