Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil - The Creation, The Inspiration, The Fascination by Jen Darcy
Reviewed by Mike Kenny
Tracing an illustrious eight decades of animated classics, Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil - The Creation, The Inspiration, The Fascination by Jen Darcy explores the wicked yet, charismatic antagonists of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios’ beloved masterworks. Divided into 11 uniquely categorized chapters, Darcy’s celebration of all things evil provides informative blurbs on Disney legends such as the Evil Queen, Captain Hook, Ursula and Shere Khan to modern day miscreants including, Dr. Facilier, Yokai, Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear and Syndrome. In addition to excellent photographs, sketches and storyboards, each character arrives with informative facts regarding their film’s release date, voice talent and assigned animators that brought them to life. Extending beyond the reach of the silver screen, Darcy takes several detours to examine the villains who populate the many Disney Parks around the world and their respective attractions plus, samplings of some Disney evildoers’ most foreboding lairs and their stylish means of transportation.
While heroes’ strengths are commonly determined by the value of their dark hearted opposites, Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil - The Creation, The Inspiration, The Fascination by Jen Darcy is a rewarding catalog of pop culture’s most revered baddies that have brought conflict to the poor unfortunate souls of Disney’s finest features. Colorfully laid out and breezily written, Darcy’s encyclopedia of antagonists covers the merely misunderstood and those rotten to the core with such glowing admiration that all readers won’t help but find the lighthearted fun in being a little bad through these timeless titans.