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Walt & El Grupo (2008)

Walt & El Grupo

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 196

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Movie Info

Theodore Thomas, son of the late Walt Disney Studios animator Frank Thomas (1912-2004) and director of the acclaimed 1995 documentary Frank and Ollie, helms this second foray into Disney history, Walt & El Grupo (2007). The subject this time lies somewhat outside the boundaries of Disney animation and rests on an unusual footnote: in 1941, Walt Disney personally led a "goodwill tour" and research expedition of South America, with a team of animators in tow whom he collectively christened "El … More

Rating:
PG (for historical smoking)
Genre:
Documentary , Television
Directed By:
Written By:
Theodore Thomas
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 30, 2010
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Walt & El Grupo

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (9) | DVD (2)

The production values are first rate. But you will wait in vain to hear a good reason for this movie's existence.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

A relentlessly upbeat vanity project destined for the Disney family archive.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

...a niche effort that has little to offer all but the most ardent of animation junkies.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

An intimate, albeit uneventful, story filled with flashy graphics but not a lot of substance.

Full Review… | December 11, 2010

... less probing documentary than colorful press release for the paternal Disney...

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
MSN.com

This is the 'untold story.' And apparently there's not much more to tell.

Full Review… | November 29, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Above all else the film is a treasure trove of fantastic archival material, much of it never before shown.

January 15, 2010
Kansas City Star

A bland tourist souvenir, the equivalent of an authorized biography rather than an independent one.

Full Review… | October 18, 2009
One Guy's Opinion

You get a taste of what the Disney group went through and saw, and you see how that work translated into rough sketches and designs.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A lively, well-edited documentary brimming with insight, warmth and humor while captivating audiences both young and old.

Full Review… | September 13, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

Provides a framing device for the Disney creative process as well as the issue of the place of art in geo-politics.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

The trouble is that there's no real drama here; Walt is painted as a kind, benevolent soul whose very presence gave a lift to the poor citizens and their dreary lives below the equator.

Full Review… | September 10, 2009
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