A one-of-a-kind look at a 40 year career with Disney from a man who worked with Walt Disney and held some very influential positions. This might be one of the hardest books to get your hands on!
Justice for Disney: Animator, Director, Imagineer by Bill Justice. 1992. 168 pp.
Justice summarizes the book in the preface:
This is the story of a very lucky fellow from Indiana who was able to find a job he loved. Not everyone can locate an outlet for their talents. Fortunately, I did in the Disney organization. Over the years I was given many challenging assignments as an animator, director, and Imagineer. I don't know of anyone else who worked for Walt Disney who had the opportunity to do as many different jobs.We meet Bill Justice while he is working at an ice company in Indiana when he answered an ad for Disney animators. After being offered a training position, he made his way to California with his new wife to take a chance with Disney. July 12, 1937 was his first day at the Studios. Over the course of the memoir, we follow Justice as he moves from animator to director to Imagineer. It is interesting to note that Justice never wanted to move past being an animator but found Walt Disney pushing him into other careers in the studio. It was obvious that Walt saw the talents that Justice possessed and wanted to make the best use of them.
It was fascinating to read the stories and to imagine what it was like to visit Walt Disney World before construction or to work on developing the control system for animatronics. Not to mention working on the animated films from the classic period or creating Chip an' Dale with Jack Hannah. In the early days of the Studio, Justice discusses when Walt brought in efficiency experts to help save money:
After about three weeks [the efficiency experts] reported their findings to Walt: If he eliminated Donald Duck's nostrils, the buttons on his coat, and one of his three nephews, he could save a lot of money. Walt's reply was swift and to the point: "Goodbye."It is hard to imagine experiencing everything that Justice did. Justice stays well on the happy side of Disney--he never waltzes into negative territory about his time at the Studios or with WED. His approach is fairly jocular, which is evidenced by the anecdotes he chooses to share, and you won't find any skeletons hiding in these closets.
This is an amazing book that details a Disney Legend's career through his eyes. If you are a fan of the Disney Studios or the early animatronic attractions at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, then you need to find a copy of this book. Since it was a limited run of 1000 signed copies, this book might be harder to find than the Nickel Tour or Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality.