The Magic Kingdom

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  • Paperback
  • 568 pages
  • The Magic Kingdom
  • Steven Watts
  • English
  • 13 March 2017
  • 0826213790

About the Author: Steven Watts

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The Magic Kingdom The Magic Kingdom Sheds New Light On The Cultural Icon Of Uncle Walt Watts Digs Deeply Into Disney S Private Life, Investigating His Roles As Husband, Father, And Brother And Providing Fresh Insight Into His Peculiar Psyche His Genuine Folksiness And Warmth, His Domineering Treatment Of Colleagues And Friends, His Deepest Prejudices And Passions Full Of Colorful Sketches Of Daily Life At The Disney Studio And Tales About The Creation Of Disneyland And Disney World, The Magic Kingdom Offers A Definitive View Of One Of The Most Influential Americans Of The Twentieth Century

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10 thoughts on “The Magic Kingdom

  1. Christine says:

    Overall, I think that this book served its purpose very well It gave both a biography of Walt Disney and a critical analysis of basically all aspects of Disney My biggest complaint with this book is that there were sections of it that didn t seem to be necessary I don t really care about other employees at the Disney Studios, and I definitely don t care enough about them to read large sections of chapters devoted to them Once I realized that for the most part, these sections didn t really im Overall, I think that this book served its purpose very well It gave both a biography of Walt Disney and a critical analysis of basically all aspects of Disney My biggest complaint with this book is that there were sections of it that didn t seem to be necessary I don t really care about other employees at the Disney Studios, and I definitely don t care enough about them to read large sections of chapters devoted to them Once I realized that for the most part, these sections didn t really impact the overall book, I skipped them I also skipped over a lot of the parts where art critics of the 1920s and 1930s analyzed early Mickey Mouse cartoons and other Disney cartoons I don t really care about the artistic integrity of Mickey Mouse.I found it interesting to see how Walt Disney s political opinions changed over the years This is actually something that I ve wondered about because I knew that in his later years he was a very conservative Republican, but that his father was a Socialist and in my mind I wasn t sure how that transition happened.This book is NOT for everyone I wouldn t even say that it s for every Disney fan Disney fans who take the movies and theme parks at face value without having any interest in the history of the company will not like this book People who have an interest in the history of the Disney company, but don t know much about the early years of Disney will struggle, although the author does a decent job of providing a brief synopsis of thecritical Disney films mentioned in the book.I learned a lot from this book, but it s a very slow read and it s not one that I would read again because I can t afford to devote another month of my life to one book

  2. Tracey says:

    After reading The Disney Version by Richard Schickel , I thought I d check out another Walt Disney bio This book is an overarching look not only at Disney s life, but also at the company he created While the material is covered chronologically, there are also thematic elements running through it as well As others have observed, Walt s creations were reflections of the times a funny, endearing Mickey Mouse was just the ticket in the Depression, while the full length fairy tale adaptations app After reading The Disney Version by Richard Schickel , I thought I d check out another Walt Disney bio This book is an overarching look not only at Disney s life, but also at the company he created While the material is covered chronologically, there are also thematic elements running through it as well As others have observed, Walt s creations were reflections of the times a funny, endearing Mickey Mouse was just the ticket in the Depression, while the full length fairy tale adaptations appealed to the traditional and familiar during the post Depression years After WWII, the live action movies focused on Middle America, evoking both nostalgia and family values The development of the amusement parks is covered as well illustrating Walt s desire for control Unlike his movies, he could keep refining the park he even declared publicly that it Disneyland would never be finished I imagine both the passage of time and the access Watts was allowed to the source material provides the main contrast to Schickel s biography Watts doesn t touch on the psychosocial aspects as much as Schickel did, but is able to gointo the historical details The strike of the early 40 s gets muchattention in Watts book than in Schickel s although it s not clear to me if that s due toto access to materials or to the author s focus Watts includes an extensive Notes section, as well as a bibliographical essay, which I may use at some point as further reading I believe both authors took what they considered to be an honest look at Walt Disney, his life and legacy Recommended to those interested in how Walter Elias became Disney, and what Disney became to America

  3. Paul says:

    I picked this book up hoping for an insightful biography of Walt Disney That s not exactly what I got, though the blame is on me the subtitle is Walt Disney and the American Way of Life, after all This book blends biography and social commentary, especially in the field of American Studies It was informative, engaging and very detailed I believe that this book would be best suited for someone interested in 20th century United States history or entertainment history.Each chapter is broken I picked this book up hoping for an insightful biography of Walt Disney That s not exactly what I got, though the blame is on me the subtitle is Walt Disney and the American Way of Life, after all This book blends biography and social commentary, especially in the field of American Studies It was informative, engaging and very detailed I believe that this book would be best suited for someone interested in 20th century United States history or entertainment history.Each chapter is broken up into sections that typically focus on one person, movie or event These sections are roughly 5 10 pages long, which makes the text easier to digest in multiple sittings The book puts Disney s life into several different contexts as it unfolds, from the connections that Depression era audiences made with his early films the influence that World War II had on not only the type of films that Disney Studios made but on their profitability the shift in sentiment that occurred in Disney s films with the beginning of the Cold War.Unfortunately, the book doesn t quite capture the magic that many, including myself, feel about the Disney canon Still, the book takes an even tone with Disney the man, neither praising nor condemning him though I believe the book comes down on the slightly positive side of Disney, mostly because it recognizes that Disney was a flawed man If you are interested in Walt Disney s role in popular culture in the 20th century, or pop culture and American Studies, I definitely recommend this book

  4. Tania says:

    A very detailed account of Walt Disney s life and beliefs as they relate to his life s work, although it falls short of truly developing Walt as a person All of the facts are there, all of the details about employees, creative and business ventures, analysis of films and other works, construction of theme parks, etc And I believe that the author did his best with the information available this is no criticism of him As interested as I was in the subject matter, because of the lack of person A very detailed account of Walt Disney s life and beliefs as they relate to his life s work, although it falls short of truly developing Walt as a person All of the facts are there, all of the details about employees, creative and business ventures, analysis of films and other works, construction of theme parks, etc And I believe that the author did his best with the information available this is no criticism of him As interested as I was in the subject matter, because of the lack of persona this was a tough read which took me 2 months to get through I would read it again in the future to better absorb the facts and figures it offers I love the historical context provided throughout and the very intense research that obviously went into this book It s a shame that a person of such stature as Walt Disney was so private as to defy further personal details and yet completely understandable He wanted to stand on his work and he does it speaks volumes where he didn t In the end my take on this book is that it is as definitive a work on the Walt Disney Company and its founder as we ll ever get

  5. Kelly Caldwell says:

    I m torn as what to rate this book, so I went with the middle ground While I did think it was extremely well researched and well written, the bulk of the book focused on Walt s political motivations and ideologies in his endeavors, which is not what I was expecting or looking for when I picked it up There were many parts that I found interesting, including detailed portions on several Disney studio artists and others who were integral to the overall success, but ultimately it came back to poli I m torn as what to rate this book, so I went with the middle ground While I did think it was extremely well researched and well written, the bulk of the book focused on Walt s political motivations and ideologies in his endeavors, which is not what I was expecting or looking for when I picked it up There were many parts that I found interesting, including detailed portions on several Disney studio artists and others who were integral to the overall success, but ultimately it came back to politics I don t doubt the legitimacy of any of the author s work, it just wasn t my kind of subject matter

  6. Rick Ludwig says:

    This is a good book if not a great one The author tackles Disney in a different way from most authors focusing on the impact of his effortsthan the efforts themselves He tries and, for the most part, succeeds in producing a balanced view Any imbalance may just reflect the imbalance of DIsney s impact on different elements of American society If after a person ides, what we see is predominantly a reflection of their impact, we should by thinking about and discussing Disney for many deca This is a good book if not a great one The author tackles Disney in a different way from most authors focusing on the impact of his effortsthan the efforts themselves He tries and, for the most part, succeeds in producing a balanced view Any imbalance may just reflect the imbalance of DIsney s impact on different elements of American society If after a person ides, what we see is predominantly a reflection of their impact, we should by thinking about and discussing Disney for many decades to come

  7. Noe Crockett says:

    I love anything Disney, which was why I decided to read this biography And at first it was pretty cool talking about Walt Disney and where he came from and his childhood and family But then they started with chapters about the political undertones of the Three Little Pigs and it just got silly I couldn t finish it I would like to pick it up again at a later date and read about the development of the park in California, but that will have to wait.

  8. Sara Meyerback says:

    This is a wonderfully written biography of Disney Unfortunately, it was clouded by other, albeit interesting, facts about other animators and producers also involved in the upcoming of Disneyland world Other than it being very long and packed with information, it was very intriguing to learn about Disney and team.

  9. Nathan says:

    Offers an interesting analysis of Disney s cartoons, rather than just a straight biography Though some might disagree with that analysis, Watt s book s great service is to move beyond Disney s cultural influence and study his ideological and political thought in detail Can often seem overly theoretical, and just as often shallow.

  10. Marahs says:

    I liked the book for the most part It was very long with a lot of words though I like Walt Disney This book had a lot of information about him All of the information was very detailed I also liked that they talked about Disney studios and Disneyland Disney World It also talked about his family I wish that the book was shorter It felt like it was taking forever to read.