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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604730234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604730234
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book of conversations with top animators, designers, and voice actors who worked directly with the film pioneer

--Collects interviews with Disney's most well-known animators and artists, providing an inside look at the most prominent animation studio of Hollywood's Golden Age

--Provides absorbing, informed accounts of Walt Disney, as told by people who knew and worked with him closely

--Reveals a working animation studio at the very top of its form --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Conversations with top animators, designers, and voice actors who worked directly with film pioneer Walt Disney

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These artists truly loved their jobs and working with Walt Disney.
George H. Taylor, Jr.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about what made Walt's studio and career so singularly remarkable, as told by those who lived the legend.
Truth Pursuer
What a wonderful collection of interviews Disney historian Don Peri has assembled in his book Working With Walt: Interviews With Disney Artists.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Gallagher VINE VOICE on March 28, 2008
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What a wonderful collection of interviews Disney historian Don Peri has assembled in his book Working With Walt: Interviews With Disney Artists. Many of the Disney artists featured in this book are relatively unknown, but highly influential in the development of the incomparable art of Disney animation and entertainment.

Through interviews with the artists who worked directly with Walt Disney, some from the very early days before Mickey Mouse even started talking, this book opens a window into what it was like to work and create with the genius Walt Disney. Fifteen animators, directors, art designers, and voice actors tell their stories of how they first started working for Disney, what it was like to meet the legendary man himself, their (usually) fond memories of Walt, and the joy of creating during the golden age of animation in the 1930s. The artists vivid details of life at the Disney studio, poignantly recalled, bring the reader back in time and place to where the magic happened - Mickey found his voice, Snow White went from a dream to life, and a magic kingdom was built. The darker times are recalled too, the constant financial strains of the early days, the strike that almost ended the studio (and did end many friendships), the strain of working 20 hours a day to create the perfect animation, and Walt's last few weeks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George H. Taylor, Jr. on May 19, 2008
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This is a quick and thoroughly enjoyable collection of interviews with 15 different artists that worked with Walt Disney at the Studios. Mr. Peri states in the Acknowledgements that he was prompted by Didier Ghez (editor of the Walt's People series) to finally collect the interviews and publish them. Thanks both to Don and Didier! Most of the interviews were conducted in the late 1970's with artists that spent most of their career working at the Disney Studios. What surprised me at first was how the artists were all enchanted with Walt Disney; after reading a multitude of Disney biographies, you do get the sense that Walt was a benevolent dictator--but a dictator nonetheless. A majority of the artists interviewed stuck with Walt during the Animator's Strike of 1941. If you study any work on Disney and animation, the Animator's Strike is often seen as a watershed in the history of the Studio, prompting the mentality that Walt lost a lot of faith in his employees. With the interviews presented by Peri, you get a sense that Walt did favor the artists that stuck by him. I finished Walt's People Volume 1 (Ed. by Ghez) shortly after this title. There are some similarities in the scope of the two books, but they are both valuable resources on their own. The interviews presented by Peri were done at a time when there was not a lot being written about the artists that worked directly with Walt Disney. After reading the interviews, you come away with a sense of what it was like to work with Walt Disney and to work at the Studios. I feel like I have a better understanding of how Walt worked during the early years of the Studios.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Boman on November 3, 2009
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Thoroughly enjoyed the first hand accounts of Disney artists and writers in 'Working With Walt'! It brings into focus Walt Disney as the creative impetus of the animated films, television shows, and other projects, such as Disneyland. It explores Walt Disney in all his facets, genius, showman, and everyday guy. Very interesting and revealing. Buy this book if you are fascinated by animation or film history. You won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Truth Pursuer on April 30, 2008
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As a dedicated Waltphile, I believe there can't be too many books about Walt Disney. Don Peri's excellent collection of interviews with many rarely heard from Disney Legends helps to make that case.

Working with Walt offers these artists their own day in the sun at long last and more fully rounds out the portraits of Walt painted by biographers and authors like Bob Thomas (Walt Disney: An American Original), Howard and Amy Green (Remembering Walt), and Pat Williams (How to Be Like Walt).

In the late 1970s, Don Peri was a young man who happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture so many of these voices, now gone from us forever. He has done a more than admirable job in offering us these priceless interviews. In the book, he hinted that more had been conducted than are in this volume. Hoping that means we can expect a Working with Walt, Volume 2!

Nice job, Don. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about what made Walt's studio and career so singularly remarkable, as told by those who lived the legend.

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