Disney A to Z: The Updated Official Encyclopedia

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The ultimate encyclopedia of every person, place, and thing in the history of Disney, this captivating guide has more than 6,500 entries and 1,000 photos and illustrations, many in color.

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You may well know that Mickey Mouse's first appearance was in the 1928 cartoon Steamboat Willie, but do you know where Donald Duck made his debut? With the help of Disney A to Z: The Updated Official Encyclopedia, you'll know that Donald made his first appearance in 1934's Wise Little Hen--and that his middle name is Fauntleroy. This wonderful book contains hundreds of illustrations and nearly 3,000 entries covering all aspects of Disney's world, from brief synopses of all the Disney cartoons, films, and television programs to the names of the restaurants and shops at the Disney theme parks and the names of all 39 original Mouseketeers. Compiled by Dave Smith, Archives Director for the Walt Disney Company, this book is the definitive guide to Disney. For example, a glimpse under the letter "P" reveals that Prince Charming was the prince in Cinderella, Prince Eric fell for Ariel in TheLittle Mermaid, Prince John was the "phony King of England" from Robin Hood, Prince Phillip kissed Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty--but that the prince in Snow White was simply called "Prince" (He shouldn't feel bad--the evil queen was simply called "Queen."). At times the book is a bit too mouse-eared--Rita Moreno's entry reads "Actress; appeared on television in episodes of Zorro"--but all in all it is an excellent resource. Chock-full of interesting information, Disney A to Z is a treat for Disneyphiles and trivia buffs alike. --C.B. Delaney

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In the vast world of Disney, things change every day. Smith, founder (in 1970) and director of the Walt Disney Archives, created his first compendium (Disney A-Z: The Official Encyclopedia, LJ 11/15/96) to help staff archivists keep up. This new edition (whose publisher is a Disney company) updates and expands an already comprehensive volume, covering movies, TV, key personnel, attractions, and other company ventures. Most entries are brief and informative, providing facts but little descriptive content or analysis, although longer discussions accompany articles on Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, and other company icons. Browsing this piecemeal history of Disney is like watching a review of America in the television age. With 300 new entries covering new (Mulan, Flubber) and old topics missed in the first volume, this edition is the best source for Disney trivia. For reference and circulating collections.?Kelli N. Perkins, Herrick Dist. Lib., Holland, MI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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