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Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World [Audio Cassette]

Carl Hiaasen , Richard Gilliland
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July 1998 Library of Contemporary Thought
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Let's get one thing straight: Carl Hiaasen doesn't like the Walt Disney Company. Whenever the giant entertainment conglomerate stumbles, as it did with its proposed Civil War theme park in Virginia, Hiaasen cheers. When a rhinoceros mysteriously dies at Disney's new theme park, Animal Kingdom, Hiaasen secretly hopes for the worst, because, as he writes, "no scandal is so delectable as a Disney scandal."

A native of Florida, author of such thrillers as Lucky You and Strip Tease, and a journalist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen comes by his dislike for Disney honestly. He has witnessed the relentless success of the Disney machine firsthand with the development of Disney World and other properties around Orlando. In Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World, Hiaasen paints a witty and sarcastic portrait in this nonfiction account of a company who can control the press, manipulate local governments, and because it's Disney, get away with it. Team Rodent is a quick, entertaining read that even the most loyal Disney shareholder (except maybe Michael Eisner) will find enlightening and amusing. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rarely is a book this much of a pleasure to work on, because I stopped on page after page to read and crack up at Hiaasen's sharp and pointed wit--and then be shocked by the nasty things I never knew about Disney! I just went to Disney World for the very first time ever last year, so I was curious to see what Carl Hiaasen had to say about it--and I don't think I'll be going back again!

E.Gaffney, production

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars I think I can expand on Dj's review Oct. 17 2003
By A Customer
Ok, let me give this mandatory disclaimer: I do not work for Disney in no way nor am I a share holder.
What Dj meant when he said that Hiaasen hates Disney because he is obsessed with "adult material" was poorly expressed, but I think I can clarify the point. Apparently Hiaasen would rather a community be filled with disgusting shops and sleaze and, to use a term that he is so fond of, "S**t weasels". I mean, Disney should be praised for trying to clean up the deplorable state of Times Square and the crime filled central Florida and that island used as headquarters for a ring of drug dealers. If Hiaasen really wants to go back to the Florida of his youth, he should be praising Disney for trying to restablish the old good American values. Times Square and Orlando owe great thanks to Disney for (at least partially) fixing it up. The messy state they were in before would have caused the latter to go bankrupt. Contrary to what Hiaasen states, we need MORE Disney worlds, especially here in New York City, where I am always scared that I wont come home alive. Also, Hiaasen obviously has no sense of good art if he calls Disney's works "crapola", Walt produced some of the best art in history. The term crapola could be more aptly used when discribing Hiaasen's books,of which I have read the majority of, that are disgusting, vulgar, and, frankly, very dull. As an environmetalist myself, I hate to disagree with Carl in terms of the environmetal issues discussed in this waste of paper. However, I can tell you that it is not the case. Disney did not ruin Florida's nature. Long before the Disney Co. was even born, Florida was the #1 tourist attraction, and resorts, factories, and man made lakes damaged the everglades environment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unrevealing look behind the ears... Aug. 9 2003
As an avid, but suspicious, park goer, I read this book hoping to have "my eyes opened" to the deceitful and "evil practices" of the Walt Disney Corporation (and it's spin-off companies). Instead, this book provided nothing but old, dried out stories that really provided nothing that couldn't be garnished from TIME or Newsweek. In fact, Hiaasen stretches every "evil" Disney deed into something that even Eisner himself couldn't hope to do. For example; Hiaasen spouts off about Eisner's letter to stock holders in which Eisner sites the success of 101 Dalmations, the author hopes to place a seed in the reader's mind that Eisner/Disney should have had forthought enough to realize that placing dalmations in the public eye would inspire a rash of returned and abused puppies. The examples go on and on. This book is pitifully short and lacking in real sources and information. It's theory. It's hypothesis. It reads like a fourteen year old's journal, full of revolt against the current culture (even though the teen angst is often less unique than thought). In short; there isn't anything in this book that couldn't be said about any major corporation. Don't pay full price... you'll be wasting your money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dependable Kingdoms May 28 2003
After a lifetime in Florida, Hiaasen has come to detest what Disney stands for, the great homogenizing force regressing all consumers to the mean. He truly delights in each Rodent mis-step, especially when financial loss, great public relations embarassment, and dead animals are involved.
While this book can be read in a few hours, as it appears to be nothing more than recycled newspaper columns with some extra meat tossed in, there is something entertaining here. I am not familiar with Hiassen's other writing, but here he is genuinely amusing and original, especially when Disney Chairman Michael Eisner becomes his target. Hiassen has thought through in detail how Disney succeeds, especially in ensuring good press coverage by sponsoring junkets for small town newspaper writers. Hiassen attends one and attempts to pay retail for all services and fails despite his most earnest efforts. I would have liked to see more information on the methods Walt Disney employed to surreptiously purchase land and create an autonomous political entity, but that is short-changed here, other than to show that the resulting security force is out of control. The book was published in 1998 and now appears slightly dated, as the lustre appears to be off the Disney marketing juggernaut in the last few years. In an update, Hiassen could add mis-steps with Disney Stores and films to his gleeful telling of failures in residential real estate and Virginia civil war parks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Happiest Place on earth Dec 16 2002
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This book is about how people tend to surrender their rights and minds to large corporations such as Disney. The author Hiaasen's gives descriptions of how Disney's is an example of this by sharing the good, the bad, and for the most part the ugly about the Disney empire. Despite all the sneaky evil things Disney has done people still feel that if there is any thing more irresistible then Jesus , its Mickey. The book is very informative and seems to have accurate information which lets the reader know Disney darkest secrets. Though at times it seems very biased and the Author is out to trash Disney any chance he gets. To me the message was that Disney and other large corporations are buying our trust as we grow up though Disney and these corporations are not someone to be trusted. We know only what we see and hear about these corporations and what we don't see and hear is kept form us for a reason. I read into this message by discovering that we should not always believe what we see and hear. We should look in to thing especially Disney because kids all around the world are being taught and entertained throughout their child hoods by this evil mouse house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice work, Carl!
This is a book that was begging to be written. Just because a company has a family-friendly, good citizen image, doeasn't make it so. Read more
Published on July 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Tongue in cheek fun, just now it ain't fiction
This book is just a collection of articles clubbed together as chapters (like kick-ass) with Disney the center focus. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Tiger Buchman
2.0 out of 5 stars lack of research
this book was flawed from the trashy movie covers
to the insane clown posse this man clearly did not
do his research.
I mean draw the wash. mon. Read more
Published on May 14 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
Ten bucks is a lot to pay for what is ultimately an essay. If you want to read it, get it from the library. I found it an okay read, but felt the overall feel was a bit 'snarky'. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Buzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I found this book interesting. As a former Floridian, and a resident of Manassas, where the proposed American Adventure Park was to be built, I do understand Hiaasen's dislike of... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Amy A Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars What an idiot
I think it says something that I hadn't even heard of Carl Hiaasen until I read this book. After reading it, I have vowed never to buy any of his books again. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by dj
4.0 out of 5 stars The reviewer, DJ is a Disney Employee
Below, is a scathing review of this perfectly valid book by "DJ".
A quick glance at DJ's other review of "Song of the South" leaves
no doubt in my... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars A biased look at Disney
Just the fact that a radical and twisted individual like Carl Hiassen wrote this book is sufficient to show how biased it will be. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by dj
4.0 out of 5 stars the shady side of Disney
I read this book several years ago and since then, I have become somewhat obsessed with Carl Hiassen and his writing. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by L. Rephann
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