Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Walt & El Grupo (2008)

Now that Disney is this giant corporation I don't really think of them as having been founded by one guy with a vision. I also never really thought that there was a strong possibility that Walt Disney's brainchild might never have made it. In 1941 the Disney corporation was falling on hard times and the U.S. Government approached Walt about taking a goodwill trip to South America to curb the growing Nazi influence on the continent and in exchange the government would guarantee Disney's next three films. Yes, ladies and gentleman, the Disney corporation received a bail-out.

This documentary tells the story of that southern excursion and how it affected Walt and his staff creatively and from a personal perspective. It was interesting to watch and see the kind of person Walt Disney was and get some insight into how the company evolved. It does however get a little slow at points but I thought there was enough interesting content to keep me watching. If you're curious about the history of the Disney corporation, or just like learning about the past, you'll probably enjoy this documentary.

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The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? Walt Disney is a rather fascinating character and I wanted to learn more.

Is it artsy? No, just an informative look at a very specific point of Disney's history.

Best thing about the movie? Hearing Walt talk about his thoughts on the creative process and business.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking for some informative programming.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 Stars. 

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