Totally agree. I admire the hell out of Diane and what she built in SF for the family and her dad, but she did have a tendency to whitewash some. Walt, warts and all, was still THE single most influential person on mass culture in 20th century America. I hope that the PBS special doesn't go too far in the other direction and look for dirt and reasons to trash him. They are usually very, very intelligent and fair. Hope that trend continues.They just released the trailer. I can already tell based on who they interviewed, this will be the best documentary on Walt Disney ever produced. It will make "Man behind the Myth" look like an embarrassment.
This doc will not play it safe and not worry, like docs of the past, about pleasing Diane Disney Miller. This will be an honest, fair approach about the most forward thinking visionary of the 20th Century.
This doc will do the following:
Show an honest assessment of Walt which will make the public appreciate him more. It's the "why" that will captivate people.
Will shut down any notion that Walt was a bigot or anti-semite, by showing how the rumor came about and why Walt did not dispel the rumor (for some reason) in that it was guilt by association. That's why I am so glad Neal Gabler is one of the main interviewees. There is documented evidence found by Gabler that backs him up.
Will show that he was in fact not so much an original as he was aboriginal. That he was in the perfect place at the perfect amount and spent his life in the pursuit of wish fulfillment.
Just curious for conversation sake, why do think his book is "superior" to Gablers book?
Not disagreeing with you, but just an alternate take.Bob Thomas actually interviewed Walt himself several times, and witnessed the construction of Disneyland, so he had a firmer grasp on Walt's personality than Gabler did. Also, it seemed to me that Gabler, at times, wrote his book with a bit of a slant to appeal to the bash-Walt crowd - although at least he didn't overdo it TOO much. In my opinion, anyway. Diane Disney, Walt's daughter, absolutely hated Gabler's book, especially his portrayal of her parents' marriage, and chided the Disney company for helping Gabler write it. Her words on the subject, as written by Michael Barrier, author of the great book "The Animated Man - the Life of Walt Disney":
I've often criticized Neal Gabler's book, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, for its many factual inaccuracies and for its misrepresentation of Walt Disney himself. My dislike for Gabler's biography is shared by a very important member of the Disney family. Early this month, Diane Disney Miller, Walt's surviving daughter, sent a fax to a number of executives at the Walt Disney Company, denouncing the book as "a monstrous piece of libelous junk. My parents were not the people he creates in this book, and I cannot understand why all of you who aided and abetted Gabler in writing this book, and who praise it and promote it, can do so without suffering serious qualms."
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