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Walt Disney & Europe

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Walt Disney & Europe

By Robin Allan

Publication date: 1999
Total pages: 304
ISBN: 1 86462 041 2
Price: £ 22.50


Description

Walt Disney and Europe is a fascinating study of the way Europe and European culture influenced Walt Disney in the making of animated feature films from Snow White to the Jungle Book. Dr Allan, through archival research and interviews with many of those who worked closely with Walt Disney himself, has written a unique account of the films and their links with Europe. Unlike many other books on Disney it is not based on secondary sources, and makes no attempt to cover the whole range of the Disney phenomenon, but concentrates on the classic animated films that were produced under Walt Disney’s personal supervision.

These films are still the basis of the company’s continuing success and Dr. Allan, through archival research and through interviews with many of those who worked closely with Walt Disney himself, has written a unique account of the films and their links with Europe. The book is lavishly illustrated in black and white and with 93 fabulous colour plates from public collections and rare private archives from both Europe and the USA, many of which have never been published before.

Reviews

It is almost thirty years now since I first met Robin Allan and, in that time, he has repeatedly, and generously, shared his knowledge and trenchant opinions with myself and others writing about Disney. I have long entertained the hope that he would, one day, write his own book on the subject. That he has now done, and the resulting work is uniquely his own. The insights to be found in these pages offer a new and vital perspective to our understanding and appreciation of that American – and, it can now be said, European – institution known as Walt Disney”.
From the Preface by Brian Sibley

Contents

Preface (Brian Sibley);
Introduction and acknowledgements;
Walt Disney: The Man and the Studio;
European Influences Before Snow White;
'I Believe in Fairy Tales': Snow White;
Pinocchio; Introduction to Fantasia;
Fantasia: From Bach to Stravinsky; Fantasia: From Beethoven to Schubert;
The Nineteen-Forties;
From Cinderella to Disneyland;
From Magic Kingdom to Mowgli;
Conclusion;
Appendices;
Bibliography;
Select Filmography;
Index.

Biography

Robin Allan lectures in film, drama and English and has been studying Disney for most of his life. He has toured Europe in his research and Walt Disney and Europe is the accumulation of ten years study, both sides of the Atlantic. He has published two children's books and many articles on Disney and has lectured on the subject in Britain, North America, France and Germany.



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