Walt Disney

Walt Disney

He Made Believe

DVD - 2015
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Walt Disney was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new film examines Disney's complex life and enduring legacy. Features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, interviews with biographers and animators, and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.
Publisher: [Boston, MA] : PBS, ©2015
ISBN: 9781627894166
Branch Call Number: 791.43092 DIS 2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 240 minutes) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Mar 11, 2018

Part of the PBS American Experience series. This feature on Walt Disney is quite long – 4 hours, but very thorough. It starts from his early days as an animator to his later cultural iconic days of DisneyWorld. He was a man with an imagination which he could culture and develop. He is described as an inspirer and a driver. He is also described as a man with a dark soul who was also a practical joker. He had an unhappy childhood and seemed determined to find and replace the childhood joy he never had as a child. His brother Roy was the financer, banker and businessman. Walt dreamed up ideas they could not fund and Roy was tasked with finding the money. The DVD covers most of the Disney films (I recently borrowed the DVD “Saving Mr. Banks” a good film about the author of Mary Poppins and her encounter with Walt Disney and his ideas for her book). Most of Walt’s ideas were non-negotiable; you were either on the Disney team or you were not. That was covered in the middle of this DVD when Disney staff workers wanted to unionize to improve working conditions and Disney labeled those strikers as communists and dismissed them (his brother Roy finally had to handle the situation when Walt left town for several weeks). One commenter said if you made an enemy of Walt Disney you were his enemy for life. He even testified at the House for Un-American Activities identifying certain Disney employees as communists which got them blacklisted. So, he had a feel-good, fun reputation intermingled with some dark undercurrents. I am a child of the 1960s and so much of what he created was part of my childhood; the family vacation to Disneyland, the Disney films (Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella), the Disney television shows; Mickey Mouse Club, the Wonderful World of Disney (including Davey Crockett – I could sing that theme song!) This DVD looks at his telling stories in an animated format that changed filmmaking and his personal effort to tell American success stories through cartoons, films and amusement parks. Interesting DVD for those of us who lived through the era and probably interesting for those folks who did not live through it or perhaps never really understood the magic of Disney.

PimaLib_SheilaB Jan 28, 2016

This was a fascinating look at the man behind the Disney label, and would be a great follow-up after "Saving Mr. Banks." Disney's vision and perseverance to succeed was amazing to view, though it stopped abruptly. Another disc would be good for a glance at the second half of his life.

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