Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation and Theme Parks

Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation and Theme Parks

by David Koenig

Offers a chronologically arranged look at the thirty animated Disney films, as well as the development and growth of the Disney industry and theme parks

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 3.78
  • Pages: 286
  • Publish Date: January 1st 2001 by Bonaventure Pr
  • Isbn10: 0964060515
  • Isbn13: 9780964060517

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Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation & Theme Parks by David Koenig is a book that gives the secrets to Disney productions and animations. His book Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Animation & Theme Parks follows the many productions that have brought Disney to fame. This point of view helps to give personal in site and lets the readers know that the author does give his opinion every now and then but backs it up with facts that they have found. Koenigs style is to inform the reader about Disneys secrets of animation and movies and how it became successful.

One-by-one each feature starting with SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS gets a full chapter that begins with an outline of the original source material, followed by the Disney development of the final film - including elements which didn't make it past the development or testing stages - a list of (perceived) plot holes, bloopers and hidden images (or "Easter eggs"), then ending with the critical and public reception and what impact in terms of rides, attractions or presence each film has had on the theme parks (again even including abandoned ideas and outline the evolution of many of them over time). I think what makes his theme park books more interesting is that many of the stories he covers - oral and otherwise - are simply not well known, while the production and history of the Animated films has been covered countless times in other books, not to mention that the films themselves are readily available for viewing in theaters, on TV, on Disc and now through Digital Applications like Disney Movies for the iPad. A lot of this stuff is already out there and most Disneyphiles have it covered and beyond. Then again this is about the DISNEY animation studios, and the impact of TOY STORY and PIXAR at that point was far from being felt, so not faulting the book for that either.

What I like the most about this book is how simple Disney's winning formula really is. Big companies like DreamWorks, Fox and Warner Bros.

This book is for you if you: love Disney Animation and classic movies, respect Walt Disney and his imagination, and are fascinated by the company.

Since music is such an integral element of every Disney animated feature, there is usually a discussion of the songwriting process for the movie as well.

Then the Disney version is looked at by highlighting changes from the original work, what went into the making, and some behind the scenes drama. It seems like a lot of work went into this book and I'm glad I found it.

Unsanctioned by the Walt Disney Company, Mouse Under Glass does rely on interviews with animators, musicians, and others who were involved first-hand in the development of many of the films discussed in the book.

The plot holes really make you think a bit about the movies while the bloopers and hidden images tests your memory.