This was a great book. Besides the wonderful illustrations the stories shared by this great animator are a wonderful look at the behind the scenes goings on at the Walt Disney Studios during the golden age of animation. Kinney started in 1931 and worked on Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck shorts and features including, Snow White, Pinocchio, and Bambi. He tells wonderful stories those he worked with and is not afraid tell it like he feels. This was a fun read and I recommend it to any person interested in Disney animation.
a really great trip through the Disney Studio from the late 20s to the 50s. People I'd only read about in Disney histories that only gave their jobs descriptions finally came alive. Moose (Roy) Williams whom I only knew from his stint on the Mickey Mouse Club became a three-dimensional man with all his humor, failings, and triumphs. Each artist who worked there is characterized and a few not in the way they would want. But the writer backs everything up with dates and places and an invariable sense of good humor. There are those who became Walt's favorites. One because he gave Walt a ride to work when Walt's car broke down. However listen to one of the producer's advice. "Never get close to Walt." It was good advice. He stayed there until he retired. The seven faces of Walt is a hilarious description of a complex man. There is a great index at the end of the book, listing all the artists and directors and telling what happened to them after they left Disney. The author does not spare even his own ego and some of the most hilarious stories involve things he did by mistake or just out of mischievousness. Don't forget to read how Moose William's waterfall burned down. Just enjoy. Thanks for a great book, Jack.
Easy reading and wonderful drawings make this inside look at the Walt Disney studios a delight. Many lesser-known Disney players are discussed at length. Mr. Kinney worked on a number of Disney classics before embarking on a second career in television animation.
Wonderful book by a wonderful man. One of the first people to 'tell it how it was', writer, storyman and director Jack Kinney reveals what it was really like to work under 'Uncle' Walt during the Disney Studios heyday. Hilarious drawings and caricatures, extremely revealing writing of the day-to-day life of the artists, and the trials and tribulations of going from a small studio barely scraping by, to an entertainment empire not afraid to simply replace their employees.
Well worth the small price tag. I may purchase another copy to just keep one at home and one at work!
Jack Kinney, like many great Disney animators, did the real work while old Walt got his name on the screen. He could have used this book as a tell-all slam against Disney, but decided to instead to draw a loving picture of his work for the Mouse. And "draw" in the right word--Kinney realized that he was no writer, so the book is packed full of his rough, humorous sketches of his fellow animators from the 30's to the 50's.The latter half of the book is the saddest, with Kinney on his own trying to make cartoons during the Dark Ages of animation (the 1960's). Still, his love for the art kept him going.If you want a small experience of the golden age of animation, without all the technical details, then this book is for you.