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Remembering Walt : favorite memories of Walt Disney
Green, Amy Boothe.
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New York : Hyperion, [1999]

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x, 212 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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NC1766.U52 D5423 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
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NC1766.U52 D5423 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
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Larger than life, the name Disney has become synonymous with brilliant animation and magnificent theme parks, but what about the man himself? In this collection of remembrances, more than 100 people recall the way their lives were touched by this remarkable man: animators who trained under him, directors inspired by his vision, actors who sought him out for advice and support, and family members who knew him best of all. Illustrated with rare photographs, this is an intimate portrait of Disney created by those closest to him.

Author Notes

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit.

He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Disneyphiles, chow down! The bumper crop of books about your favorite purveyor of animation and sanitized history and the entertainment behemoth that bears his name is still coming in. First up--a serious but entertaining journalists' peek inside Disney's foray into social engineering, the planned city of Celebration, Florida. "Celebration aimed higher on the income scale" than had the prototypical planned burb. "Its residential housing was denser and its individual lots less parklike." With big porches on the limited number of Disney-approved house plans, the requirement that houses be close to the street to encourage neighborliness, and an unintended but marked tendency toward residents of the Caucasian persuasion, and it seems clear that Disney wanted to create a real-life analogue to its theme parks' Main Street, USA. Frantz and Collins, husband and wife, moved to Celebration to watch "the biggest experiment in social engineering since Levittown . . . unfold." Their reflections on life in a Disneyfied town will surprise those who think everything Disney is fake and those who believe everything Disney does is perfect. The perfection presumers may prefer the Greens' assemblage of snippets and snapshots. Reminiscences of Walt are organized into such chapters as "First Impressions," "Walt at Play," and "Fort Disney: The Strike and War Years." Contributing warm memories are, among others, Annette Funicello, various studio hands, a smattering of big-name actors and actresses, and the indispensable Cubby O'Brien. The Shermans knew Uncle Walt, too. In fact, they created dozens of songs for classic Disney movies, thereby contributing mightily to the overall Disney "feel." Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney says they have amassed a "striking scrapbook of memories." At any rate, it is jammed with stills, animation art, and reproductions of sheet music covers, all presented in the reliably lush Disney style--more enchanted fun than normal. --Mike Tribby

Table of Contents

Ray Bradbury
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
His Private Worldp. xiii
Walt's Early Yearsp. 4
The Family Manp. 14
Walt at Playp. 26
Travels with Waltp. 34
Kids and Animalsp. 42
Walt at Workp. 50
First Impressionsp. 56
The Boss: Tales of Motivation, Inspiration and Frustrationp. 62
The Man Behind the Mouse: Quirks, Qualities and Characteristicsp. 74
The "Wounded Bear": His Moods and Temperamentp. 92
Attitudes and Philosophiesp. 99
Artist, Storyteller and Animation Pioneerp. 106
Fort Disney: The Strike and War Yearsp. 116
Live-Action Film Producerp. 122
Channeling Walt: TV's Most Colorful Celebrityp. 136
Origins of Disneylandp. 146
A King in His Magic Kingdomp. 154
The New York World's Fairp. 168
Unfinished Business: EPCOT, Walt Disney World and CalArtsp. 176
What Dreams May Comep. 186
A Brave Facep. 190
Goodbye So Soonp. 198
Lasting Impressionsp. 204
Acknowledgments and Sourcesp. 211
Photo Captionsp. 212