- Audio CD
- Publisher: Hollywood Stories; 2 CD edition (October 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780963897213
- ISBN-13: 978-0963897213
- ASIN: 0963897217
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,265,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fascinating Walt Disney 2 CD Edition
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up-This rags to riches story of the creative genius known the world over as the father of Mickey Mouse is packed with enough Hollywood tales and Disney lore to satisfy even the most demanding fans. Beginning with Walt's childhood, Fascinating Walt Disney tells the little known stories behind his most famous artistic creations. Many listeners will be surprised to learn that Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Bambi all failed in their initial releases, and that Walt experienced a number of financial and personal obstacles to his ultimate success. Fully orchestrated background music and extensive sound effects more than compensate for the merely average quality of the narrator's voice, which is artificial, overly dramatic, and unable to successfully sustain different characters. Although the production takes a somewhat disingenuous tone and offers a naively wide-eyed perspective of Disney's life, there is some mention of his less pleasant side-notably the "benevolent dictator" role he played with his artistic staff. For all his complexities, Disney represents a truly American icon, and this biographical offering will find a receptive audience.
Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Exceptionally Entertaining! --The Saint Louis Post Dispatch
The Disney tale is complicated and full of twist and turns -- just the sort of thing Walt Disney might love to turn into a movie. --The Knoxville News Herald
Schochet emphasizes Disney's perserverance and determination in both bringing animated films to the screen and realizing the seemingly impossible project of Disneyland. --Booklist
This is a real-life fairy tale that is humorous and inspiring for kids and adults. --The Indiana Munster Times
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Disney is a hero not only in entertainment, but also in business.
Thankfully I only paid $2 on another site.
That's not to say that it's perfect. While offering some interesting insights and anectdotes that I hadn't heard before, a number of the stories about Walt have already been covered elsewhere. But a bit of overlap is to be expected, considering how many people have already written about him.
I had trouble following the chronology of the book, as it would occasionally skip forwards and backwards in time for no apparent reason. While not a show-stopper, it was mildly annoying.
The music and sound effects in the background were high-quality and helped to set the mood for the stories. Sometimes the use of music to punctuate the punchline of a story went a bit overboard, but overall it was rather well-done.
I also have a complaint about the track layout of the CDs. The narration on each CD consisted only of a single track. This can make things difficult if you want to stop listening to the CD at some point and then come back later. You have to manually "fast-forward" all the through the track to the point where you left off. And folks with CD players that don't have a fast-forward button (the player in my car doesn't) will have to listen to parts that they've already heard in order to get to the point where they left off. It would've been great if every 10 minutes or so of audio was its own track, but "Fascinating Walt Disney" certainly isn't the only CD to fall into this trap. Patrick Stewart's "A Christmas Carol" does the same thing.
So to sum up... I feel comfortable recommending this CD as an addition to the library of those who are fans of Walt Disney. Long-time students of Walt's life probably won't find any earth-shattering revelations, but "Fascinating Walt Disney" still makes for some good listening while you're driving down the road.
By the end, you feel as if you met old Walt or perhaps you'll want to meet him.
Truly enjoyed it!