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The Disney Films Paperback – September 2, 2000
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So instead of a filmography along the lines of the excellent John Wayne Filmography by Fred Landesman, we get 33 years covered in three rather bland chapters.
The filmography at the back of the book is nice to have in a printed and bound form, but it's nothing that you couldn't compile yourself for free.
There are a few additional chapters covering Disneyania and Disney on TV, but there's nothing here to get real excited over. In fact the revisions come across more as a cheap way to cash in for one more paycheck than anything else, and is disheartening if you are expecting a comprehensive book about Disney films.
So get it if you don't mind a rather broad overview, but if you are wanting something more satisfying look elsewhere.
As an example, "The Love Bug", arguably the best live action comedy released by Disney, is relegated to an afterthought, while a movie like "Perri" gets three pages! Maltin discusses "shorts" and "television" from the same perspective, detailing only history up to 1967.
The information for the movies that Maltin DOES cover is very thorough, providing cast, production team, plot synopsis, and a summary of the movie's historical impact and reception. Cast/production team and a one sentence synopsis of post-Walt movies is provided in the "Rest of the Story" chapter.
I'd like to say that this is the "bible" for Disney movie lovers, but sadly, it only provides the reader with part of the picture.
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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It has all the features, shorts, live action and true life adventure films described.Read more