Books on Disney?

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  1. Tony G

    Tony G Active Member

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    I've been meaning to start reading books about Disney - both the man and the parks.

    I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations? The kind of topics I'm interested in are:

    1) An honest biography of Walt (not an ode to him)
    2) The creation of the theme parks.

    I don't expect both of these topics to be covered in a single volume so I'd invite any recommendations for either one (please state which).
     
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    The Vault of Walt is a must read! The guides to the parks by the Imagineers are fantastic - unsure of the titles though.
     
  3. Tony G

    Tony G Active Member

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    The Vault of Walt has really mixed reviews on Amazon, although it's been mentioned positively in a couple of Disney podcasts.

    I ended up watching the Channel 4 documentary - 'Secret Lives' on Youtube last night. It was the episode on Walt Disney. There's a part missing (and it sounded like it was the most interesting part), but it was a good look at the darker side of Uncle Walt. The funniest thing was that the suggested videos after I finished it was all about Walt as a member of the illuminati and looked at Disney's portrayal of this in his movies and cartoons - it was hilarious, every time a triangle was used in a cartoon, ominous music played and it was called brainwashing! Puffs of smoke and stars in the sky were said to spell out sex too. The only thing that did ring a little true was that there were a fair few depictions of the eye in the pyramid symbol in a lot of cartoons - it'd be on a rug, or hanging over a door and it seems quite odd in a kids' cartoon.

    I think I might pull the trigger on the Vault of Walt - it's as good a starting place as any. Any other suggestions?
     
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    If you're also maybe looking for one on Disney animation, look no farther than "The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation" by Ollie Johnson and Frank Thomas. Two of the original "nine old men". It's a stunning read on what it took to develop Disney animation.

    For pure Walt, I've heard very good things about "Walt Disney: An American Original". Been meaning to pick that one up myself. Maybe Santa's listening. :unsure:

    Tom ( :macwave:... gonna need a bigger bookshelf!)
     
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    The final Book by Ridley Pearson Kingdom Keepers 7 is hitting the book shelves on April 1st. I can't wait.
     
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    Beccaberry Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Tony, let me know what you think of Vault of Walt if you end up with it...I'm considering it myself and would like to know what you think of it.
     
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    I have never read any of the Kingdom Keeper books :anxious: are they good and am I missing out by not reading them?
     
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    I started reading them when I was a teen and they are more focused for that age group. I just have read all 6 books and couldn't leave out the last one.
     
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    Oops, my apologies, I missed the last few posts on this thread.

    Yes, I will do... I have a feeling I'm going to need to keep up my Disney fix when I return home (even though I've not been to single park this trip :( )
     
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    There were two books I wanted to buy but it was bit pricy it was something like $40 or something.....
     
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    I remember in college that my Anatomy & Physiology text book cost over $100.
     
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    :jawdrop:
     
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    Yep and the text book was quite boring.:lol:
     
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    Johnie Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Shoot $100 for a textbook is nothing. I just paid over $200 for my next course textbook.
     
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    OMG!!!!!! That is crazy.
     
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    OMG :mental:
     
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    we're lucky most things are in the university online library so I've only had to buy a few :)
     
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    That is lucky.
     
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    Yes tomorrow it is coming out.:mental:
     
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    Yeah, text books are one of those things that I have NOT missed purchasing since I finished my Master's in 1985.
     

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