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Walt Disney: An American Original (Disney Editions Deluxe) Paperback – Abridged, April 15, 1994
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The story starts with Disney's early years in Marceline, KS and follows his life chronologically through post-war France, Kansas City and on to places like New York and California. Along the way the reader experiences the birth of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Walt's earliest popular creations and eventually the development of the character that put Walt Disney in the spotlight: Mickey Mouse.
Thomas covers the ups and downs of creating cartoons and the growth of the Disney name as a family-friendly institution. He reveals the struggle of Disney and his brother, Roy, as they tried to remain independent of the major studios. He also shows how the Bank of America always managed to cast a dark, debt-filled shadow over the Disneys until later in both of their lives.
We learn that films considered classics today such as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan," started their legendary lives as flops as far as profits were concerned. We also get a look into the development of Disney as a force on television and in live-action films such as "Old Yeller".
The primary message that I got from this book is simple: No matter how much the odds were stacked against him and his brother, Walt continued to pursue his dreams. Mountainous debt, failed films, crooked promoters, pressure from union organizers and many other problems failed to stop the Disneys from achieving their goals.
The book culminates with the development and opening of Disneyland and the beginnings of what would become Walt Disney World. Disney World is the one dream that Walt never lived to see attained. However, we all know how well that particular venture has done since its opening in October of 1971.
This book is enlightening, humorous and empowering. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever been looked down upon for being a dreamer. Walt Disney's life is proof of how far dreamers can really go, and Bob Thomas has done a wonderful job of capturing Disney's dreams on the written page.
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