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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604739401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604739404
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Talks with the talents who made Disney magic happen

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Don Peri has written and published extensively on Walt Disney's productions. He gained the trust and admiration of Disney insiders through his work with animator, director, and producer Ben Sharpsteen.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Gallagher VINE VOICE on March 20, 2011
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"Working with Disney" by Don Peri is a worthy successor to his first book about Disney animators, "Working with Walt". In this new set of interviews with those fortunate enough to work with Walt Disney, the author expands his focus to include not only animators, but also animation directors and producers, story idea people, writers, actors, imagineers, and even Disneyland ride operators.
The sum of the parts may not be quite as perfect as "Working with Walt", but is still a fascinating inside glimpse into the talented people who had the honor and the challenge of creating movie magic with Walt Disney as the omnipresent great man they tried to impress.

Some of the inside knowledge into animation and the references to Disney films may be a little deep for the Disney neophyte. It definitely helps to already know the basic history of Walt Disney and his films. Here's a very quick run-down of the interviews in the order they appear in the book, and my impression of them.

Interviews with Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Marc Davis. All three of these legendary animators were in the original fabled "Nine Old Men" of Disney studios. They worked on almost all the great Disney classic feature length animated films from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves through The Jungle Book. Delightful stories and remembrances of working with Walt.

Dave Hand, a long-time animator for Disney, appears to be extremely guarded and a little bit defensive and evasive during his interview, which was a bit of a disappointment. Author Don Peri notes of Dave Hand that "He was hesitant to participate in a face to face interview". The two never met, and the interview was done through correspondence, which may account for the somewhat distant and lackluster tone of the interview.
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Once again, Don Peri has served up a wide variety of entertaining interviews with individuals who were disciples of Walt Disney. Following his successful first book, "Working with Walt," the author widens his scope to include not only those in the animation field, but entertainers. He even includes a long-time Disneyland ticket seller and a Disneyland greeter who ultimately became an operations manager. The mix, stirred to a higher level with interviews of Mouseketeers Bobby Burgess and Sharon Baird, is sure to capture the heart of any true Disney fan.
The anecdotes, the recollections, are fresh no matter how many Disney volumes the consumer may have read before. For example, famed animator Marc Davis's touching remarks about his last meeting with Walt are more complete here than anywhere else. The lengthy chat with a Disney fan favorite, Bill Justice, who invented Chip and Dale among many other successes, is a treat. The interviews demonstrate once again that even a taste of the Disney way encouraged those who had even just minimal contact with the great one to set a solidly ethical life course.
The only discordant note is the interview with legendary artist Walter Lantz. Lantz not only did not work for Disney; he inherited the character, "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit," who was stolen from Walt Disney. But there is irony here: Had not Walt lost Oswald, the birth of Mickey Mouse may have been delayed forever. So suffering a Lantz may not be so painful after all.
The number of memorable stories in this volume threaten to outnumber its pages. It's a keeper.
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