Walt & El Grupo (2008)

Walt & El Grupo



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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
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On DVD: Nov 30, 2010
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Walt & El Grupo

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
New York Times
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