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Walt & El Grupo Reviews

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April 19, 2015
Documentary about Disney's trip to South America.
½ July 29, 2014
(First and only viewing - 1/17/2011)
December 16, 2012
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.
April 1, 2012
Great documentary about something I never even knew happened.
½ March 8, 2012
Poor film documentary of Walt Disney's pointless trip to south America in 1941.
August 16, 2011
Excellent documentary about art both defining and transcending culture, and a look at the creative minds of the Disney studios in their most innovative era. It also explores certain angles of the politics of the era and the role of the media in it without getting heavy-handed about the subject. A riveting film and another great piece of work from Disney's new documentary wing.
August 13, 2011
It was a great story, but they kind of over did it with the movie. Way to long!
August 3, 2011
This film would be great if there was a little more historical information and less static beauty shots and montages. The locales and sights are beautiful, but I watched this film to learn more about Walt and his artists.
½ April 1, 2011
As a huge Disney fan, I was looking forward to seeing more about this little-known episode in the life of Walt Disney & Disney Studios... instead, what I got was a painfully slow documentary w/no sense of narrative line. It was like watching a neighbor's vacation slides.

I stuck with it to the end... basically, it's a little bit of footage & lots of stills of the trip to South America in '41 of Walt & "the group" (El Grupo) on a good will tour. There is a LOT of talking heads (usually children of the folks who went) and absolutely NO tension.

This is of interest only to hardcore Disney fans with a high tolerance for boredom.
February 13, 2011
excellant doc with tons of footage of walt handsome and 40 in 1941 right b4 WWII
January 24, 2011
Of the three documentaries this is the weakest and it should have been the best. The story is facinating and the original fotage is amazing but that makes for about 30 minutes of this nearly two hour film. When it's great it's amazing and when it's not...
½ January 1, 2011
Artful and art-filled documentary. Refreshingly frank reflections on the Disney strike, and an extraordinary goodwill getaway.
December 27, 2010
Fascinating (albeit a bit long) documentary about Walt Disney (and El Grupo, his group of animators, artists, etc.) who were commissioned by the U.S. Government to go to Latin America on a "good will tour" to bolster support for the U.S. against Germany. The artwork done by El Grupo is amazing and the way the film documents the period with photographs, archival film footage and current images to note the changes is fantastic. Worth checking out for fans of Disney, but also for those interested in documentaries, art, Latin culture and history.
½ December 27, 2010
Slow moving, but very interesting...at least for a Disney fan, I'm not sure how it will play for the casual viewer. I will say that the film could've used some "conflict." The documentation of Disney's trip to South America and the art generated from it are interesting, but creating some tension by going deeper with the strike that was going on at Disney's studio while he was away and the escalating war which was the reason for his trip would've done the filmmakers well.
December 22, 2010
An intriguing, little-known episode in Walt Disney's storied career is the subject of this film, which is powered by some great, never-before-seen footage of Disney himself. The material is presented without sensationalism, which does tend to make the doc a bit staid down the stretch, but the subject matter is enough to keep things interesting.
December 21, 2010
"Walt and El Grupo" is a pleasant little documentary that takes an in-depth look into Walt Disney's government assigned trip across South America. This doc. (produced by the Mouse House itself) may not be anything too exciting or powerful (see "Waking Sleeping Beauty" or "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story" for powerhouse Disney documentaries), this quaint little feature really does shed light on Disney and the impact he had (and still has) on the world. The story may go down so many roads, featuring stories on practically everyone involved with the trip on both sides of the ball (some more interesting and relevant than others), but if you can wade through the waters, you can see a close-up look at Disney's struggles with the strike that dampened his view on animation and the South American folk that re-kindled his passion for life. In a way, this could have been a rousing, moving documentary (or feature film...), but the folks in charge chose to give everyone their dues. That's not a bad thing at all, but don't go into this expecting to be blown away. Overall, this is a nice little diversion of a documentary that gives a look into Disney's cultural impact on the world through his trip to South America.
½ December 21, 2010
even though the subject material would mainly please disney buffs who know about the good will trip. this film does not have any substance and has a saccharine type of sweetness about the film
December 12, 2010
A genuinely interesting look at Disney making lemons into lemonade. I had no idea the studio was in that much trouble at the time, or the origins of the south American films. Well worth a watch if you're a fan.
½ November 7, 2009
A highly entertaining and a bit educational documentary on Walt Disney's trip to South America in 1940 as part of the "Good Neighbor Policy" to help the U.S. relations with "our friends to the South". This would be a ideal suppliment when Disney releases SALUDOS AMIGOS and THE THREE CABALLEROS on Blu Ray. A casual viewer will have mixed feelings about this film; but since AMIGOS/CABALLEROS are among my favorite Disney Classics, I loved this film.
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