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After the bankruptcy of his first two companies, the young Walt Disney decides to call on his older brother Roy to start a new business: the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios. The combination of their opposing talents, one artistic, the other managerial, will give birth to an entertainment giant despite the difficult nature of Walt. Little by little, Walt will push his broth After the bankruptcy of his first two companies, the young Walt Disney decides to call on his older brother Roy to start a new business: the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios. The combination of their opposing talents, one artistic, the other managerial, will give birth to an entertainment giant despite the difficult nature of Walt. Little by little, Walt will push his brother into the shadows and sink into chronic depression and excessive consumption of alcohol ...but all this will not prevent him from producing the greatest masterpieces of animation.


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After the bankruptcy of his first two companies, the young Walt Disney decides to call on his older brother Roy to start a new business: the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios. The combination of their opposing talents, one artistic, the other managerial, will give birth to an entertainment giant despite the difficult nature of Walt. Little by little, Walt will push his broth After the bankruptcy of his first two companies, the young Walt Disney decides to call on his older brother Roy to start a new business: the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios. The combination of their opposing talents, one artistic, the other managerial, will give birth to an entertainment giant despite the difficult nature of Walt. Little by little, Walt will push his brother into the shadows and sink into chronic depression and excessive consumption of alcohol ...but all this will not prevent him from producing the greatest masterpieces of animation.

47 review for The Disney Bros.: The Fabulous Story of Walt and Roy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This is a strange book in that it is a brief tour of the Disney Brothers life looking to be intended for middle graders but focusing mostly on the business side of the Disney Company and Walt's demands. It is not a glorification or iconifying look at Walt or Roy (which is good) and instead does bring up the darker sides of Disney life: abuse at home, connection with Nazis, and giving up coworkers to the McCarthy commu More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This is a strange book in that it is a brief tour of the Disney Brothers life looking to be intended for middle graders but focusing mostly on the business side of the Disney Company and Walt's demands. It is not a glorification or iconifying look at Walt or Roy (which is good) and instead does bring up the darker sides of Disney life: abuse at home, connection with Nazis, and giving up coworkers to the McCarthy communist witch trials. For those not versed in Disney history, I feel it might be a bit confusing since it jumps around and shows a lot of little vignettes/moments (I would have liked it to be more focused on just a few key aspects of Walt's life: e.g., how Peter Pan came about with the live action stuff or the challenges in creating Disneyland). And there is a clear agenda of Walt being a dictator and spending most of his career taking credit for the works of others. The illustration work is clean but I admit I had a hard time differentiating characters (granted, there was a very narrow set of styles for men at the time, which didn't help). I soon looked for the lightning bolt moustache to identify Walt and the receding hairline for Roy. There is a long list of characters that go through the Disney Brothers' lives but I couldn't really distinguish any of them clearly. Only famous celebrities stood out. Ub Iwerks gets several mentions but other characters like Walt's/Roy's wife and children are fairly non existent. The interesting thing for me is that the animators had a LOT of personalities but we don't see much there, other than a passing mention to one being a womanizer. Other figures like Mary Blair are completely absent, which was surprising. But then again, the focus is on the animation studio business and Walt taking credit for others contributions to the Walt Disney Company. There's not much about the Worlds Fair Walt contributed to or the innovations that created so many unusual rides at the parks. Similarly, the utopian aspects of Walt's futurism were non existent - especially things like the original EPCOT cities Walt wanted to design. It always seems to come back to the poor artists and how Walt leveraged his power and wealth to get what he wanted. Because the focus is oddly on the business of animation, we get vignettes of Ub getting frustrated with Walt and leaving to start his own company - then having to come back contritely when it failed. Another scene of Max Fleischer's son being stolen to direct a Walt Disney Film (despite Fleischer junior having little experience). This little scenes paint a picture of Walt being a power monger - and a petty one at that. As a biography, the focus is on the hurdles more than the results. Admittedly, most of the book felt like Walt storming around blowing his top and being authoritarian while a patient Roy just stands back and makes things happen. If you tried to know Walt Disney from this biography, you probably wouldn't have liked him. He's more genius savant than visionary. Roy, on the other hand, came off more as a milquetoast - there to be Walt's secretary. The most puzzling and anticlimactic aspect of this graphic novel is an afterward that spends most of text talking about how Walt wasn't an animator/artist, never draw anything, and that he took credit for his artists' contributions and forced them into anonymity through the Walt Disney Company umbrella. Similarly, throughout the book, most of the vignettes felt like they were there support a clear agenda to decry Walt's lack of appreciation for artists (though oddly sound artists, colorists, and other contributors were completely ignored) and as a hot headed authoritarian whose only purpose was to make the Walt Disney Company free of anyone who could tell Walt what to do. Because this might be confusing for kids and because there is such a clear agenda of Walt being authoritarian and selfishly claiming others works as his own (you'll see it throughout the book in addition to the afterwards), I can't really rate this higher. Well, that and because I had a good laugh at the depiction of Griffith Park as looking like a flat park in the middle of a Spanish-mission styled city (rather than as a mountainside park secluded from a sprawling Los Angeles that did NOT have every building looking like a miniature Santa Barbara mission building). Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    The Disney Bros.: The Fabulous Story of Walt and Roy is a biographical graphic novel written by Alex Nikolavitch, illustrated by Félix Ruiz, and translated by Montana Kane. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the Disney brothers' rise to success. Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer. Roy Oliver Disney was an American businessman and co-founder of The Walt Disney Company with his younger brother. This graphic biography begins in 1928 Hollyw The Disney Bros.: The Fabulous Story of Walt and Roy is a biographical graphic novel written by Alex Nikolavitch, illustrated by Félix Ruiz, and translated by Montana Kane. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the Disney brothers' rise to success. Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer. Roy Oliver Disney was an American businessman and co-founder of The Walt Disney Company with his younger brother. This graphic biography begins in 1928 Hollywood, when Walt Disney makes the bold decision that his fledgling studio will deal with distributors directly and retain ownership rights to their creations. While Walt continues to take creative risks and strive for the highest quality, his brother and business partner, Roy, manages the studio finances. Progressive chapters reveal the brothers' troubled childhoods on a farm in Missouri with an abusive father. Brief, rapid-fire vignettes relate Walt's subsequent successes and innovations as well as professional and personal struggles, including protests by unionized workers and the tragic death of his mother. The Disney Bros.: The Fabulous Story of Walt and Roy is written and constructed moderately well. Nikolavitch frames Walt's drive and imagination as twinned reaction and homage to his unhappy Missouri childhood, an artificial Americana vision of which was mined for his posthumous Florida theme park. While Ruiz's quirky lines, raised eyebrows, and jaunty colors echo the style of what the Disney brothers put on-screen, the engine of the story is more business than art. All in all, The Disney Bros.: The Fabulous Story of Walt and Roy is an uneven ride through Disney history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    3.5 stars & rounding up. This graphic novel biography hits the highlights of Walt's life and accomplishments, but certainly doesn't sugar-coat his rough inter-personal & communication skills (well before his friendly "Uncle Walt" persona for TV). It does, however, highlight the significant contributions of those around him, especially his brother Roy who handled the financial side of the business, and also animators such as Ub Iwerks and Art Babbit. If there's a fine line between genius and madn 3.5 stars & rounding up. This graphic novel biography hits the highlights of Walt's life and accomplishments, but certainly doesn't sugar-coat his rough inter-personal & communication skills (well before his friendly "Uncle Walt" persona for TV). It does, however, highlight the significant contributions of those around him, especially his brother Roy who handled the financial side of the business, and also animators such as Ub Iwerks and Art Babbit. If there's a fine line between genius and madness, then Walt's considerable creative imagination -- which led him to dream up the first ever sound cartoons, the first ever feature length animated film, and the first true theme park for all ages -- was counter-balanced by his often gruff demeanor. Those amazing accomplishments also could have never been realized if not for the brilliant and hard working men and women Disney had working for him. Feliz Ruiz's illustrations are sure to appeal to anyone interested in reading a graphic novel biography of one of the biggest contributors to American entertainment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rowe

    I was surprised at first that the art wasn’t done in the Disney style, but the 1940s style comic art is really a nice touch since the majority of the book takes place around then. The writing is well done and I learned a few things about the brothers!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Julie Torres Nava

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  6. 5 out of 5

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    This is truly a must read

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