Walt & El Grupo (2008)
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The production values are first rate. But you will wait in vain to hear a good reason for this movie's existence.
At a time when Hollywood doesn't remember last year, is obsessed with the bottom line and is run by men who often have no sense of history, Walt & El Grupo evokes a better time.
While skimming over the troubled waters of impending war and ongoing labor unrest, it's both a vicarious vacation and a crash course in animation.
[Thomas] may need more distance from the subject -- Walt & El Grupo could shed about 20 minutes -- but there's no questioning his sincerity or his instinct for revealing anecdotes.
This may be the first documentary that contains not a single American, living or dead, who is anything but merry of disposition. That cheer carries over to the on-the-spot gusto of el grupo's sketchbooks -- a more accurate tribute than the final cartoons.
Audience Reviews for Walt & El Grupo
Brings a new meaning to "sentimental journey. Starts off strong informing the viewer of the days before the trip- the tension of pending war in Europe- the changing times at the studio- strikes and power plays. The need for creatiivity, the financial pressures of lost income and even Federal involvement as Uncle Sam will pay Walt for this trip to South America to generate some good will and counter growing NAZI influences. BUT the film gets bogged down with insider nostalgia, as this was a film made by Disney (company) insiders, and is more of a tribute to thier family members and while there are some genuines points to be made, gets lost in the "family" slide show.
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