Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

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Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
By: Neal Gabler
Neal Gabler, the writer of Walt Disney; The Triumph of American Imagination, had a perspective of Walt Disney as most people would but with some downfalls. In his book he makes Walt Disney seem like one of the architects of American culture in the 20th century. Neal related Walt Disney to Picasso when it comes to visuals and imagination. He described Walt Disney as a man who wanted everyone to pursue their dreams, “To wish upon a star” in a Disney classic Pinocchio. The one thing that Neal lays out really strongly is that he made Walt Disney seem like a control freak. He had to be a part of every part of his process and productions. One thing this book teaches you is that even though Walt Disney made a multi-billion dollar company he was always struggling with finances until the opening of Disneyland. He wasn’t even successful with his first attempt. He went bankrupt twice, first with his company called Laugh-o-Gram Studio. He almost went bankrupt during the making of his film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He went to a bank and asked for a loan so he could finish the movie and pay his staff. Walt Disney always though that quality was more important than any other thing. He never put economics, laying off staff, or even cutting corners as top priority when it came to the business. It just showed that funding for Walt Disney’s dream was always a tight one. Walt Disney and his family moved to Marceline, Missouri, this is where it would all start. Walt would start to have a passion for drawing. He lived by a neighbor, Dr. Sherwood, who would let him draw pictures of his horse. His skills in drawing would later help him in his career of Disney. In 1911 Walt Disney and his family would move to Kansas City, where he would meet Walter Pfeiffer whose family was into motion picture. This opens the mind of Walt Disney and what he could do with his talents. When Walt and his family moved back to...
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