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Lucky for me (and YOU), I have a LARGE stack of books here from my friends at Theme Park Press to read and share! It’s always so hard to pick which ones to read first, so I just randomly stacked them up and plan to grab from the top of the pile. So, you never know what you might be reading about! First up, is this new book by Disney Historian, Jim Korkis . . .
About the Book
Advice for Living Happily Ever After
From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) through Big Hero 6 (2014), Jim Korkis takes you behind the scenes of 54 Disney animated films. Nearly eight decades of Disney, in a book not just packed with trivia, but with life lessons served up by Disney characters, loved and loathed alike.
Beginning with the names not chosen for the Seven Dwarfs in Snow White and why Walt wouldn’t let Pinocchio kill Jiminy Cricket, through the cameo appearance of Rapunzel inFrozen and the importance of a full diaper in Big Hero 6, Korkis shares hundreds of stories about Disney animated films, and then the Disney characters themselves offer their wise, witty, sometimes wonky advice.
Animate your life with:
- Jiminy Cricket’s guide for doing the right thing
- Cinderella’s belief in a better tomorrow
- Baloo the Bear’s prescription for happiness
- The Beast’s hard-won definition of true love
- And hundreds more life-affirming quotes
Want to live happily ever after? Here’s your fun chicken soup for the soul.
About the Author
Jim Korkis is an internationally respected Disney historian who has written hundreds of articles about all things Disney for over three decades. He is also an award-winning teacher, a professional actor and magician, and the author of several books.
Korkis grew up in Glendale, California, right next to Burbank, the home of the Disney studios. As a teenager, Korkis got a chance to meet the Disney animators and Imagineers who lived nearby, and began writing about them for local newspapers.
In 1995, he relocated to Orlando, Florida, where he portrayed the character Prospector Pat in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, and Merlin the Magician for the Sword in the Stone ceremony in Fantasyland.
In 1996, Korkis became a full-time animation instructor at the Disney Institute teaching all of their animation classes, as well as those on animation history and improvisational acting techniques. As the Disney Institute re-organized, Jim joined Disney Adult Discoveries, the group that researched, wrote, and facilitated backstage tours and programs for Disney guests and Disneyana conventions.
Eventually, Korkis moved to Epcot as a Coordinator for the College and International Programs, and then as a Coordinator for the Epcot Disney Learning Center. He researched, wrote, and facilitated over two hundred different presentations on Disney history for Cast Members and for such Disney corporate clients as Feld Entertainment, Kodak, Blue Cross, Toys “R” Us, and Military Sales.
Korkis has also been the off-camera announcer for the syndicated television series Secrets of the Animal Kingdom; has written articles for several Disney publications, including Disney Adventures, Disney Files (DVC), Sketches, and Disney Insider; and has worked on many different special projects for the Disney Company.
In 2004, Disney awarded Jim Korkis its prestigious Partners in Excellence award.
Heidi Says . . .
I’ve read and reviewed other books by Jim Korkis – Who’s the Leader of the Club and Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South – and both of those books have been much more detailed and took longer to read. This latest book is a much quicker read, but it’s also lots of fun. I think I read this one over two nights of bedtime reading, and I really enjoyed it.
In Everything I Know I Learned From Disney Animated Features Films, Mr. Korkis covers 54 of Disney’s animated films. Starting with Snow White in 1937 and ending with Big Hero 6 in 2014, this book covers it all!
For each movie, there are 3 pages devoted to covering it:
- The first page is a brief description of the film.
- The second page is called “Behind the Animation” and shares 5 little known facts about the making of the movie.
- The third page is “Quotable Quotes” and includes 4 quotes from the movie – some famous, others not so much.
While some of the facts were familiar to me, many were new and very interesting. I’m a sucker for quotes, so I particularly loved those! I have to admit, there is a big chunk of Disney animated movies from the 2000-2010 era that I haven’t even seen; so it was fun to learn more about them, as well as the ones from before my time that I wasn’t all that familiar with either.
This is a really fun little book to add to your Disney library. Because you DO have a Disney library, right?
As always, you can learn more about this book – and read an excerpt – over at the Theme Park Press website. You can also read an interview with the author and find out more about his other books. While you’re there, be sure to check out all the new books that have been added to the Theme Park Press collection over the past few weeks!
***This post made possible by Theme Park Press.***