Walt Before Mickey
Disney's Early Years: 1919-1928

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  • The untold story of ten critical, formative years in the great producer’s life For ten years before the creation of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney struggled with, failed at, and eventually mastered the art and business of animation.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Timothy S. Susanin  
    Binding
    trade paperback  
    Cat No.
    3119457  
    EAN
    978162846163352500  
    Genre
    Science Fiction  
    ISBN
    9781628461633  
    Publisher
    University Press Of Mississippi  
    Series
    Disney  
    Type
    Books  
    Universe
    Disney  
  • The untold story of ten critical, formative years in the great producer’s life For ten years before the creation of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney struggled with, failed at, and eventually mastered the art and business of animation.

    Most biographies of his career begin in 1928, when Steamboat Willie was released. That first Disney Studio cartoon with synchronized sound made its main character–Mickey Mouse–an icon for generations. But Steamboat Willie was neither Disney’s first cartoon nor Mickey Mouse’s first appearance. Prior to this groundbreaking achievement, Walt Disney worked in a variety of venues and studios, refining what would become known as the Disney style. In Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928, Timothy S. Susanin creates a portrait of the artist from age seventeen to the cusp of his international renown. After serving in the Red Cross in France after World War I, Walt Disney worked in advertising and commercial art in Kansas City. Disney used these experiences to create four studios–Kaycee Studios, Laugh-O-gram Films, Disney Brothers Studio, and Walt Disney Studio. Using company documents, private correspondence between Walt and his brother Roy, contemporary newspaper accounts, and new interviews with Disney’s associates, Susanin traces Disney’s path. The author shows Disney to be a complicated, resourceful man, especially during his early career.

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