Review
Walt's People: Talking Disney with the Artists Who Knew Him, Vols 1 & 2
Mark Mayerson · From fps #7 · April 14, 2006 | The interview is a major tool of historians. Often, though, an interview will result in the use of a quote or two or possibly only background information for a finished work. The interview itself goes into a drawer, having served its purpose.

Readers who are hungry for history would love access to the complete interviews. Didier Ghez, the editor of these two volumes, knew how many interviews with Walt Disney's associates were sitting in drawers and decided to do something about it. He prevailed on respected animation historians such as Michael Barrier, J.B. Kaufman, Jim Korkis, Robin Allan, John Province and others to provide him with material and contributed some interviews of his own.

Walt's People: Talking Disney with the Artists Who Knew Him, Vol. 1
Edited by Didier Ghez
Xlibris Corporation, 2005
269 pages

Walt's People: Talking Disney with the Artists Who Knew Him, Vol. 2
Edited by Didier Ghez
Xlibris Corporation, 2006
375 pages

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Because these interviewers are immersed in animation history, their questions are informed. Their subjects don't have to simplify their answers, afraid that they won't be understood. There are no puff pieces here; every interview is loaded with insight. The subjects in Volume 1 are Rudy Ising, Dave Hand, Bill Tytla, Ken Anderson, Jack Hannah, John Hench, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl, Harper Goff, and Joyce Carlson. Volume 2 features Friz Freleng, Grim Natwick, Frank Tashlin, Ward Kimball, Floyd Gottfredson, Herb Ryman, Frank Thomas, Dale Oliver, Eric Larson, Woolie Reitherman, Richard Rich and Glen Keane. The interviews cover Disney's career from the 1920s in Kansas City to the years after his death.

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