CARTOONS ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER

AN AVALANCHE OF ANIMATION BOOKS REVEALS THE HARD TIMES OF SOME VERY FUNNY MEN

It was 1927, the year Hollywood discovered sound. Any actor who could talk, any playwright who could write talk, was worth hundreds of thousands. But the man who would revolutionize movies with a talking mouse was having a hard time raising the $18,000 for his first talking picture--a thing with a mouse. To get his Steamboat Willie sound track recorded on the equipment owned by a con artist named Pat Powers, Walt Disney agreed to let Powers distribute his cartoons. Mickey Mouse was an instant star, but Disney saw little cash from Powers. From this he learned to trust no one....

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