Longtime Disney Artist Reflects on Walt Disney's Lasting Impact On Family Entertainment

Aug 29, 2002, 01:00 ET from DK Publishing

    NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Like millions of Disney fans around the
 world, Russell Schroeder spent his childhood dreaming about becoming a Disney
 artist.  Through hard work, he made that dream come true, eventually becoming
 a resident artist at Walt Disney World and then a Creative Director at Disney
 Land.  Now, looking back on his 29-year career with the company, Schroeder
 reflects on Walt Disney's lasting impact on family entertainment in a new
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     In DISNEY: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE (DK Publishing, $19.99), Schroeder
 details the most celebrated moments in Disney history.  Beginning with Walt
 Disney's birth just over 100 years ago, this book features a full-color,
 decade-by-decade look at the development of Disney masterpieces and new
 ventures alike.   Fans will delight in seeing their favorite Disney characters
 alongside fascinating facts and behind-the-scenes images of early cartoon
 sketches, from the first full features like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
 and Fantasia to recent hits like Toy Story and Lilo and Stitch.
     "Editorially, we have tried to include some aspects that have not been
 stressed before, as well as finding visuals, that have not been previously
 published," says Russell Schroeder.  Featuring over 800 images from the
 exclusive Disney archives, Schroeder proclaims, "This book will hold some new
 things for even the die-hard Disney fan and collector."  Among the exclusive
 artwork are some early sketches of everyone's favorite Disney character,
 Mickey Mouse.
     Enduring for more than a century, the mission of Walt Disney-to bring
 laughter and joy to families-continues to win the hearts of each generation.
 As Dave Smith, Archives Director, the Walt Disney Company explains, "Almost
 everyone has grown up with Disney in their lives, whether through a visit to a
 local movie theater, sitting down to view the Disney Channel, going to sleep
 clutching a stuffed Dumbo, or going on a family vacation to Walt Disney World.
 This book will help all those millions of people relive some of those
 cherished memories."  DISNEY: THE ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE is available wherever
 books are sold.
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