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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

“Top Disney” on Every Disney Fan’s Bookshelf

by Ray Keating
Book Review
August 14, 2019

Certain books should be on the bookshelf of every Disney fan, and Top Disney: 100 Top Ten Lists of the Best of Disney, From the Man to the Mouse and Beyond (Lyons Press, 2019) rates as one of those books.

While flipping through pages and reading each list, it becomes clear that author Christopher Lucas possesses both deep knowledge and deep love for all things Disney. And what’s nice is that no matter the reader’s level of Disney expertise – from the casual fan to the master – there’s a great deal to appreciate in Top Disney.

I enjoyed what Lucas had to say in assorted lists about the people who have worked at and contributed to the Walt Disney Company over the years, such as Walt himself; his brother, Roy, and other family members; additional corporate icons and executives; key artists, animators and imagineers; and actors who worked with and/or got their starts with Disney.

Of course, there are plenty of lists that will generate disagreement and debate – hopefully, good natured – among Disney aficionados regarding movies, characters, songs, television shows, and the theme parks.

Lucas also serves up some quirky lists that reveal fun facts about Disney that I didn’t previous know, such as “Most Unusual Disney Films” and “Forgotten Disney Characters.”

So, put Top Disney on your Disney bookshelf. But don’t leave it there. Take it down often, crack it open, and then smile, debate, discuss, and come up with your own lists. Just have fun with Top Disney – after all, that’s why it was written.

Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. He can be contacted at  raykeating@keatingreports.com.

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