Saturday, February 19, 2011
I finally watched a talk Gabler gave in 2006, about the biography he wrote of Walt Disney. Inasmuch as the writer gives much information on Walt, it is sad he has to use the material he learned from to fit his interpretations (or Mis-interpretations) which are in greatly part borrowed from Shickel anyway. Guess everybody knows the "control" explanation regarding the appeal of the parks and to also satisfy Walt's need for "escape". If there was anyone who looked at reality face to face in order to create everything he did, as well as to harmonize all the diversity he had under his lead, it was Walt Disney. To see, know, and handle reality was no easy feat, but no obstacle to him. I simply can't understand the impunity of attributing a mere need to escape to such person. Having control results from escaping reality, for Gabler. Invert the equation and perhaps one corrects the misinterpretation: Having control is facing reality so as to take the step beyond: artistic freedom, letting go or, the abandonment of fantasy.