Disney Documentaries

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1. The Walt Disney Story (1973)

23 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.9
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The story of Walt Disney's life, with narration by Disney from interview recordings. Originally produced for exhibition at Disney theme parks.

Stars: Roy O. Disney, Walt Disney, Wayne Allwine, Julie Andrews

Votes: 65

2. Walt Disney World: A Dream Come True (1986 TV Movie)

68 min | Documentary

7.0
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A historical perspective of the creation of Walt Disney World.

Stars: Mason Adams, Carl Bongirno, Randy Bright, Walt Disney

Votes: 5

3. It All Started with a Mouse: The Disney Story (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation

8.3
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The story of Walt Disney and the company he built.

Director: Alan Benson | Stars: Mason Adams, Ken Anderson, Tony Anselmo, Claude Coats

Votes: 13

4. Secret Lives (1995–1997)
Episode: Walt Disney (1995)

Documentary, Biography

7.3
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A profile of Walt Disney, exploring the darker side of his public persona. Exploring accusations of his racist, anti-Semitic, misogynist tendencies, lack of artistic abilities, hatred of communists and puritanical nature.

Director: Joseph Bullman | Stars: Nigel Anthony, David Hilberman, William T. Hurtz, Ollie Johnston

Votes: 11

5. Frank and Ollie (1995)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

8.0
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A documentary about two famed Disney animators, Frank and Ollie.

Director: Theodore Thomas | Stars: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Sylvia Roemer, John Canemaker

Votes: 289

6. The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999)

G | 90 min | Documentary

7.5
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A documentary on the life of the under-appreciated animator Ub Iwerks, who played a major role in the creation of Mickey Mouse.

Director: Leslie Iwerks | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Mark Kausler, John Lasseter, Russell Merritt

Votes: 190

7. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)

TV-G | 87 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Walt Disney was a great person and he created Disneyland and other things for people all over the world and they are so proud of his great work and Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins.

Director: Jean-Pierre Isbouts | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, John H. Mayer, Marian Galanis, Paul Anderson

Votes: 358

8. The Sweatbox (2002)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary

7.1
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Sting's wife Trudie Styler documents the turbulent bureaucracy both Sting and the filmmakers went through in order to complete The Emperor's New Groove (2000), a Disney film that underwent extensive storyline changes from start to finish.

Directors: John-Paul Davidson, Trudie Styler | Stars: Roger Allers, Dale Baer, Tony Bancroft, John Debney

Votes: 269

9. Dream on Silly Dreamer (2005)

39 min | Documentary, Short

7.7
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Disney animator Dan Lund documents the studio's decision to shut down its hand-drawn animation department and focus instead on computer-generated animation.

Director: Dan Lund | Stars: Thomas Baker, Joel Biske, Paul Briggs, John Cashman

Votes: 94

10. The Pixar Story (2007)

G | 87 min | Documentary

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A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Iwerks | Stars: Stacy Keach, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, John Musker

Votes: 4,456

11. Walt & El Grupo (2008)

PG | 106 min | Documentary

6.5
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55 Metascore

It's 1941 and Walt and his creative team go to South America on a goodwill tour.

Director: Theodore Thomas | Stars: Flávio Barroso, Lee Blair, Mary Blair, James Bodrero

Votes: 278 | Gross: $0.02M

12. The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

7.9
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78 Metascore

A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.

Directors: Gregory V. Sherman, Jeff Sherman | Stars: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Roy Edward Disney, Julie Andrews

Votes: 607 | Gross: $0.05M

13. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

PG | 86 min | Documentary

7.7
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70 Metascore

The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

Director: Don Hahn | Stars: Roy Edward Disney, John Lasseter, Michael Eisner, Don Hahn

Votes: 1,967 | Gross: $0.08M

14. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Walt Disney - Part 1 (2015)

Not Rated | 221 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A look at Walt Disney's career from early films to Disneyland to ideas for a new community (EPCOT) that was not realized before his death. A great insight into his motivations and values.

Director: Sarah Colt | Stars: Oliver Platt, Walt Disney, Richard Schickel, Don Hahn

Votes: 207

15. The Imagineering Story (2017)

Documentary

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A look at the past, present and future achievements of Walt Disney's Imagineering staff at his numerous Disney theme parks.

Director: Leslie Iwerks | Stars: Tony Baxter, Howard Brown, Rick Caruso, David Copperfield

16. Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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68 Metascore

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

Directors: Michael Fiore, Erik Sharkey | Stars: Cosmo Anzilotti, Jane Baer, Dave Bossert, Suzanne Bothke

Votes: 356

17. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

7.5
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75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt, Owen Suskind

Votes: 4,179 | Gross: $0.24M