By Don Peri

In this quantity Don Peri expands his striking paintings accomplishing in-depth interviews with Disney staff and animators. those contemporary interviews contain conversations with actors and performers instead of exclusively animators.

This publication deals Peri's broad interviews with Marc Davis, Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston, 3 of Walt Disney's famed "Nine previous males of Animation." Peri interviewed Disney Mouseketeers-Bobby Burgess and Sharon Baird-from the unique Mickey Mouse membership exhibit, supplying important views on how the Walt Disney corporation labored with tv. Lou Debney, a Disney tv manufacturer, discusses the company's engagement with tv and live-action movie. Walter Lantz talks approximately his paintings within the animation enterprise, particularly with Oswald the fortunate Rabbit. And Dave Hand discusses his mythical paintings on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Taken jointly, the interviews in Working with Disney create an enlightening point of view at the Walt Disney corporation because it grew from its animation roots right into a media powerhouse.

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