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Walt Before Mickey: Disney's Early Years, 1919-1928

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"When the extraordinary success of Steamboat Willie made Walt Disney an overnight sensation in 1928, he'd already spent nearly a decade working in animation. During those years, he'd had successes and failures, as Timothy S. Susanin recounts in great detail in his new book Walt Before Mickey." Charles Solomon, The Los Angeles Times (Read the entire Los Angeles Times review)

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For ten years before the creation of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney struggled with, failed at, and eventually mastered the art and business of animation. Most biographies of his career begin in 1928, when Steamboat Willie was released. That first Disney Studio cartoon with synchronized sound made its main character--Mickey Mouse--an icon for generations.

But Steamboat Willie was neither Disney's first cartoon nor Mickey Mouse's first appearance. Prior to this groundbreaking achievement, Walt Disney worked in a variety of venues and studios, refining what would become known as the Disney style. In Walt before Mickey: Disney's Early Years, 1919-1928, Timothy Susanin creates a portrait of the artist from age seventeen to the cusp of his international renown.

After serving in the Red Cross in France after World War I, Walt Disney worked for advertising and commercial art in Kansas City. Walt used these experiences to create four studios--Kaycee Studios, Laugh-O-gram Films, Disney Brothers Studio, and Walt Disney Studio. Using company documents, private correspondence between Walt and his brother Roy, contemporary newspaper accounts, and new interviews with Disney's associates, Susanin traces Disney's path. The author shows Disney to be a complicated, resourceful man, especially during his early career. Walt before Mickey, a critical biography of a man at a crucial juncture, provides the "missing decade" that started Walt Disney's career and gave him the skills to become a name known worldwide.

Synopsis:

The untold story of ten critical, formative years in the great producer's life

About the Author

Timothy S. Susanin is the general counsel of a Fortune 500 company. He is a former federal prosecutor, Navy JAG, and television legal commentator. He lives in Villanova, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their three children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604739602
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Author:
Susanin, Timothy S.
Author:
Miller, Diane Disney
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Animation
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Subject:
Popular Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20110501
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Animation » General
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Animation » Production Biographies
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Biography » Artists, Architects, and Photographers
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts

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"Review A Day" by , "When the extraordinary success of Steamboat Willie made Walt Disney an overnight sensation in 1928, he'd already spent nearly a decade working in animation. During those years, he'd had successes and failures, as Timothy S. Susanin recounts in great detail in his new book Walt Before Mickey." (Read the entire Los Angeles Times review)
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