Walt & El Grupo Reviews

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September 29, 2011
...a niche effort that has little to offer all but the most ardent of animation junkies.
December 11, 2010
An intimate, albeit uneventful, story filled with flashy graphics but not a lot of substance.
December 3, 2010
... less probing documentary than colorful press release for the paternal Disney...
November 29, 2010
This is the 'untold story.' And apparently there's not much more to tell.
January 15, 2010
Above all else the film is a treasure trove of fantastic archival material, much of it never before shown.
October 30, 2009
The production values are first rate. But you will wait in vain to hear a good reason for this movie's existence.
October 22, 2009
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.
October 21, 2009
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.
October 18, 2009
A bland tourist souvenir, the equivalent of an authorized biography rather than an independent one.
October 1, 2009
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.
September 24, 2009
[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.
September 21, 2009
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.
September 13, 2009
A lively, well-edited documentary brimming with insight, warmth and humor while captivating audiences both young and old.
September 11, 2009
Provides a framing device for the Disney creative process as well as the issue of the place of art in geo-politics.
September 11, 2009
A relentlessly upbeat vanity project destined for the Disney family archive.
September 10, 2009
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.
September 10, 2009
While Walt & El Grupo could use trimming, it also is visually stunning.
September 10, 2009
Hardcore Disney fans will appreciate how serious-minded and intimate this movie is, but for others, Walt & El Grupo might feel like an expensive vacation slide show, assembled by strangers.
September 10, 2009
Walt & El Grupo is the best kind of labor of love. A documentary made with affection and intelligence...
September 9, 2009
This Disney-sanctioned documentary on Papa Walt and company's 1941 visit to South America is a dull, dry bit of mythmaking.
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