To a surprising degree, however, he has managed to survive in the
national consciousness, and not just as a corporate logo but as a kind
of cultural barometer. Ask just about anyone how he or she feels about
Disney and you are likely to get either a beaming, misty-eyed tribute
from those who recall him fondly and enjoy his animations and theme
parks, or a scowling, brow-furrowed denunciation from those who see him
as the great Satan of modern mass culture.
Gabler’s portrayal of Walt as an enigma is his hook, so take that with a measure of salt, but as a fan of Disney’s work and legacy, it’s something I appreciate instead of debate.