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DISNEY’S WORLD <i> by Leonard Mosley (Scarborough House: $14.95, illustrated)</i>

In the five years that have elapsed since the initial publication of this mean-spirited biography, Leonard Mosley has corrected some--but by no means all--of its myriad errors. The misspelled names have been fixed and some of the more glaring misstatements have been excised (animator Fred Moore no longer is listed as having worked on “Robin Hood,” which was made 21 years after his death). But there’s still enough misinformation to keep the Disney Archives issuing corrections for a long, long time: e.g. Grim Natwick, not Bill Tytla, was the principal animator of Snow White--Tytla worked on the Dwarfs, especially Grumpy; Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are not “animated nowadays on computer.” In virtually every chapter, Mosley reveals his ignorance of the history, aesthetics and techniques of animation and an apparent inability (or unwillingness) to grasp Disney’s enormous contributions to the art form and to American popular culture. Sloppily researched, inadequately documented and poorly written, “Disney’s World” is a waste of paper and the reader’s time.


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