DREAMFINDERS: Imagineer Chris Merritt on the Life & Legacy of Marc Davis

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Believe it or not, there was once a time where theme parks were rather humorless. Then artist and Imagineer Marc Davis came along and changed the game. If you like the dog holding the prison cell key in Pirates of the Caribbean or any of the gags on the Jungle Cruise, that’s all Davis and it’s safe to say that the whimsical tone of Disney theme parks owes him a great debt.

Author and Imagineer Christopher Merritt hopes to repay some of that debt with a massive and beautiful book he recently co-authored with Pete Doctor entitled “Marc Davis: In His Own Words.”

Chris sat down with Nathan to chat about his pathway into Disney Imagineering and how a decades long mentorship from Davis changed him on both an artistic and personal level.

You can pick up “Marc Davis In His Own Words” on Amazon or your local book seller.

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About the author

Nathan Hartman

A sunshine state resident, Nathan is an avid Disney parks wonk as well as a university film professor.

Twitter: @somestuffisaid

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