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Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0971708068
ISBN-10: 0971708061
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Kansas City Star Books; 1 edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971708061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971708068
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George H. Taylor Jr. on November 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius

Walt Disney's Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius by Brian Burnes, Robert W. Butler and Dan Viets. 194 pages. 2002.

Walt Disney's Missouri chronicles the time that Walt spent in Marceline (1905-1910) and in Kansas City (1911-1923). The authors all have a local tie to Missouri: Burnes and Butler both worked for the Kansas City Star and have published other books; Viets is a lawyer, author and Disney historian.

In reading on Disney's life, I have found that the majority of work on Disney focuses on the periods starting after Steamboat Willie. A lot of sources mention the Kansas City Film Ad Company and Laugh-O-Grams, but they rarely get into the details of Disney's time in Missouri. Anyone with a passing interest in the formative years of Disney needs to own this book.

Throughout the book, we are introduced to people and places that were influential in Walt's life. During the Marceline years, we meet Walt's family members, a favorite teacher and Marceline landmarks. The authors share family anecdotes related to the years in Marceline to paint a portrait of an artist as a child developing a love for mid-western life, animals and family.

The sections on Walt's time in Kansas City are very detailed and offer many insights. Again, the authors introduce us to people and places that would be influential in developing his talents and views. Various business owners are profiled and how they helped Walt gain insight or shared new techniques.
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This book deals with Walt's early years and is a great companion to WALT IN WONDERLAND. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the origins of Walt Disney and his dreams.
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I NEEDED this book after a day in Marceline, MO. Very insightful. A remarkable analysis of how MO influenced a young Walt.
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By Dan on December 2, 2015
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A glimpse into an influential and important era in Disney's life!
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