Walt Disney: An American Original is a Disney library must have. It balances a comprehensive biography on Walt Disney with a readable narrative. It is small enough to fit into a backpack for a Disney vacation, hint hint, while still being comprehensive enough to give the reader a good overview of Walt Disney’s life. Thomas interviewed many individuals who knew Walt Disney personally and had the support of the Walt Disney Archives in providing content and sources. However, I do wish as a historian that there were footnotes, as they would help guide further reading. The text itself is highly readable and enjoyable, in fact it is more readable than most historical narratives that I have run across.
This was one of the first Walt Disney biographies I ever read. I found it not too short, not too long but just right! It was a story, a true life one at that, which grabbed me and made me even more interested in Disney history. When you read of the setbacks Walt Disney experienced one cannot help but be inspired. You find a Walt Disney that really does embody the “Keep Moving Forward” spirit of Meet the Robinsons. Additionally, I found myself becoming interested in expanding into other topics. One topic that I was left wanting to know more about was Walt Disney’s vision for EPCOT, the Experimental City of Tomorrow and not the Epcot Park. And I instantly wanted to find more information about Roy O. Disney, the older brother who stood beside Walt Disney and gave him the support needed to be the creator and innovator that he was. Walt Disney: An American Original is a story that makes you want to know more!