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The Disney Films Paperback – September 2, 2000


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Disney Films
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; 4 edition (September 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786885270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786885275
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic and historian, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was first published in 1969. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a true Disney fan I can highly recommend this book, but only to a certain set of people. Leonard Maltin's book The Disney Films is truely nothing more than a list of all of the films ever made by the Disney Company. Each one has a summary and credits. There is also a preface discussing Walt's life. Although it will a be valuable resource to my already exsisting Disney library I would not recommed it to any first timers. There are no color pictures which was a huge disapointment to me. However, it does deal with many little know films and gives great insight to each one, no matter how minor. I prefer reading about the animated films more than live-action. This book gave equal time to both types, which could be a plus to some. There is no doubt that for the price is a great deal, but I would advise to get John Grant's Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters (which is so much more than the title implies) and Steven Watts' The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life before this one. These are both incredible books that would serve anyone well. Especially the hardcore Disney fanatic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Vrakking on February 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I like the book very much because all the Disney films are mentioned. I am still busy reading it and I find everytime new things. Also you can read how the film was received during release and re-releases. The first part of the book is very detailed of every movie until Disney's death. Every movie is a chapter. Than the writer starts to make a chapter per period. Also the Disneyclub TV series, Disney shorts and Disney TV-cartoons are in there. I think that Leonard Maltin should write seperate books about the Disney shorts and the Disney TV-cartoons.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin S.Butler on October 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
In this book about the film and tv work of one of animation history's most famous showmen.Leonard Maltin takes us thru the creation,development and the successes of Mr.Walt Disney and his most famous films and tv series.Using in depth research,interviews with many of Mr.Disney's staffers,cast,crew members,members of his family,friends and fellow film/tv historians.Mr.Maltin takes us thru the creation of "Mickey Mouse","Donald Duck","Snow White","Pinocchio","Peter Pan"and the rest of Mr.Disney's cast of cartoon characters and he shows us the development of his live action films.He also gives us a behind the scenes look at the creation of his tv series:"Disneyland!"/"Walt Disney Presents!"for ABC TV(Which he also served as producer and host/narrator) and why Mr.Disney left ABC TV to create,produce and host one of NBC TV's most popular family anthology shows:"The Wonderful World Of Color".
He also gives some insight into the man's life and his approach to giving joy to others.Maltin also shows us how the studio and theme parks were able to survive following Mr.Disney's untimely death in 1966 and the studio's and theme parks'future under the guidence(or lack of guidence)by Mr.Mike Einser and Mr.Roy Disney Jr.
The book is also filled with beautiful photos and illustrations and a complete listing of the production co.'s films and tv series.
For anyone..who enjoys the work of Walt Disney..or for anyone..who may not be a Disney fan(There are some Disney films:Live Action and Animated that I'm still not crazy about)."The Disney Films"will show you another side to the genius of Walter E.Disney! Bravo Lenny! Kevin S.Butler.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nikola Raguz on April 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is only for Disney fans (like me)!!
It has all the features, shorts, live action and true life adventure films described. Written in chronological order it is a nice reference book to look into time and again.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Leonard maltin's reference book about every Disney film ever produced includes entertaining, insightful commentary, as well as information regarding release dates, cst and crew members. Maltin clearly loves what he's researched, which is nice to see. His book consists of essays on every disney film produced during Walt Disney's lifetime, and includes two sections on the life of the studio after Walt's death, with comentary on all the important films from those times in the sections, as well as a section of shortened data on release dates, cast, et al, of all the films since Walt's death. Wonderful, entertaining reference material, which stands alongside John Grant's Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters and Dave Smith's Disney A to Z as one of the best Disney encyclopedias out today. Unfortunatly, since Maltin seems to revise the book every 11 years, we'll hav to wait until 2006 for a revision!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Arnold on November 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book and it was the inspiration for my new book Frozen in Ice: The Story of Walt Disney Productions, 1966-1985 where I pick up where Maltin left off. It features synopses and commentaries about every Disney feature films released during Walt's lifetime and for a year afterwards and is a must have for anyone trying to research Walt's theatrical film output. Highly recommended!
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