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Walt & El Grupo (2008)

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

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

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Rated PG for historical smoking
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$6,059 (USA) (11 September 2009)

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$19,900 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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You want to like this documentary.....but....
30 November 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a highly nostalgic look back at a very long goodwill tour Walt Disney took along with a group of artists from his studio. Apparently, there was an animators strike going on and no work was being done, so Walt accepted an offer from the State Department to go on a visit of several South American nations--and to get inspiration for some projects incorporating South American culture. Unfortunately, there are some major problems with the film even though in some ways the documentary can be engaging. First, the people involved in this tour are mostly dead and the sources are almost exclusively second-hand and third-hand. Second, the pacing was slow...glacially slow. The film could easily have had half an hour trimmed, as so much of the film was filler. Too many long musical sequences where nothing is being said. And, thirdly (and this will surely ruffle some feathers), the projects inspired by the trip were incredibly bland. I know some Disney-philes out there might be having palpitations when I say this, but I have always hated "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros". So, as the people in the film are reminiscing fondly, I am left feeling a bit confused--because what they are talking about sounds great but the films certainly were not! As a result of all this, the film is one I'd recommend only to the staunchest Disney fans. Otherwise, it's slow going and not nearly as interesting as you might expect.

By the way, one of the video extras on this new release is "Saludos Amigos". I gave it another watch to see if it was as bad as I remembered. It was.


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