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Walt Disney
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  • Authored by: Jeff Lenburg
  • From the Series: Legends of Animation
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 160413836X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-836-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 05/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 791
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 142


Best known for creating Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney is one of the 20th century's most honored and important icons of animation. After producing animated shorts and launching his own animation studio, Disney introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, and released the first American animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937. During his career, Disney worked as an animator, director, producer, and screenwriter and expanded his business to include the world-famous theme parks Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. Nominated for 63 Academy Awards, he produced many cartoons and feature films considered classics today, including Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and Sleeping Beauty. His artistic and technological innovations include developing the first sound cartoon and pioneering animation techniques such as personality animation, three-strip Technicolor, and multiplane animation. Walt Disney delves into this man's colorful life, explaining the inspiration for his classic creations and revolutionary animation techniques.

Chapters include:

  • An Innovator in the Making
  • A Perfect Fit: A Mouse Named Mickey
  • Stretching the Imagination
  • Breaking New Ground
  • Making Dreams Come True.


Full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Bibliography. Resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Jeff Lenburg is an award-winning author, celebrity biographer, and nationally acknowledged expert on animated cartoons. He has written nearly 30 books—including such acclaimed histories of animation as Who's Who in Animated Cartoons and The Great Cartoon Directors. His Facts On File book The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons is considered to be the definitive reference for animation fans. His books have been nominated for several awards, including the American Library Association's "Best Nonfiction Award" and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Award for "Best Autobiography/Biography." Lenburg lives in Arizona.

Reviews and Awards

"...well researched with extensive reference aids including websites, video collections of their works, and a bibliography...will introduce readers to the individuals who were responsible for creating some of the most memorable characters on film...Recommended."

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