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Along with his legendary cartoons, Walt Disney produced a marvelous array of live action classics that came about through the use of his singular style, hard work and an unwavering belief in this vision. | Add synopsis »
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Angela Lansbury ... Narrator (voice)

Kurt Russell ... Himself - Interviewee

Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)

Dick Van Dyke ... Himself - Interviewee

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Interviewee

Les Perkins ... Himself - Interviewee

Roy Edward Disney ... Himself - Interviewee (as Roy E. Disney)
Paula Sigman ... Herself - Interviewee
Bill Cotter ... Himself - Interviewee

Hayley Mills ... Herself - Interviewee

Richard Schickel ... Himself - Interviewee

Robert Newton ... Long John Silver (archive footage)

Bobby Driscoll ... Jim Hawkins (archive footage)
Ken Annakin ... Himself - Interviewee

Glynis Johns ... Herself - Interviewee

Richard M. Sherman ... Himself - Interviewee (as Richard Sherman)

Kirk Douglas ... Ned Land (archive footage)

James Mason ... Captain Nemo (archive footage)

Peter Lorre ... Conseil (archive footage)

Kim Richards ... Herself - Interviewee

Dean Jones ... Himself - Interviewee

Lesley Ann Warren ... Herself - Interviewee

Tim Considine ... Himself - Interviewee

Michele Lee ... Herself - Interviewee

Kevin Corcoran ... Himself - Interviewee

Tommy Kirk ... Himself - Interviewee
Bob Thomas ... Himself - Interviewee

Fred MacMurray ... Various Roles (archive footage)

Nancy Olson ... Herself - Interviewee

Sean Connery ... Michael McBride (archive footage)

Janet Munro ... Katie O'Gill (archive footage)
Albert Sharpe ... Darby O'Gill (archive footage)

James MacArthur ... Himself - Interviewee

Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Snow (archive footage)

Maurice Chevalier ... Jacques Paganel (archive footage)

Karen Dotrice ... Herself - Interviewee (also archive footage)

Annette Funicello ... Mary Contrary (archive footage)

Julie Andrews ... Mary Poppins (archive footage)

Leslie Iwerks ... Herself - Interviewee
Don Iwerks ... Himself - Interviewee

Sophia Loren ... Herself (archive footage)

Keenan Wynn ... (archive footage)

Ed Wynn ... (archive footage)

Buddy Hackett ... (archive footage)

Charles Ruggles ... (archive footage)

Elsa Lanchester ... (archive footage)

Tim Conway ... Himself - Interviewee

Iris Adrian ... (archive footage)

Ray Bolger ... (archive footage)

Paul Lynde ... Sportscaster (archive footage)

Greer Garson ... Mother (archive footage)

Don Knotts ... Various Roles (archive footage)

Directed by
Peter Fitzgerald 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Fitzgerald 

Produced by
Peter Fitzgerald .... producer
Michi Jones .... associate producer
Christopher Pavlick .... associate producer
Tom Brown .... executive producer (uncredited)
Russell Dague .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hadley Gwin .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nathan Wang 
Cinematography by
Andrés Garretón (director of photography) (as Andres Garreton)
Film Editing by
Peter Fitzgerald 
Makeup Department
Anthony Gordon .... key makeup artist
Corey Powell .... hair stylist
Stacy Halax .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thierry Pourtoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bobby Garza .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard B. Larimore .... sound designer
Michael Sakaniwa .... sound recordist
Casting Department
Darcy Hettrich .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Robb Hoffman .... assistant editor
Will Lehr .... on-line editor
Ronen Pestes .... colorist
Music Department
Knox Summerour .... orchestrator
Other crew
Kevin Bolyard .... motion graphics
Llyswen Franks .... legal clearance administrator
Renee Kibbler .... legal clearance administrator
Les Perkins .... archivist
Les Perkins .... historical consultant
Les Perkins .... other photos provided by
Arlene Adams .... special thanks
Pat Adams .... special thanks
Ken Annakin .... grateful thanks
Rob Arkwright .... special thanks
Ray Carrasco .... special thanks
Tim Considine .... grateful thanks
Tim Conway .... grateful thanks
Kevin Corcoran .... grateful thanks
Bill Cotter .... grateful thanks
Roy Edward Disney .... grateful thanks (as Roy E. Disney)
Walt Disney .... special thanks (as Walter Elias Disney)
Karen Dotrice .... grateful thanks
Dominic Griffin .... special thanks
Don Iwerks .... grateful thanks
Leslie Iwerks .... grateful thanks
David Jessen .... special thanks
Glynis Johns .... grateful thanks
Dean Jones .... grateful thanks
Tommy Kirk .... grateful thanks
Boone LaBounty .... special thanks
Michele Lee .... grateful thanks
James MacArthur .... grateful thanks
Leonard Maltin .... grateful thanks
Hayley Mills .... grateful thanks
Nancy Olson .... grateful thanks
Les Perkins .... grateful thanks
Paula Potter .... special thanks
Kim Richards .... grateful thanks
Rob Rumsey .... special thanks
Kurt Russell .... grateful thanks
Richard Schickel .... grateful thanks
Richard M. Sherman .... grateful thanks (as Richard Sherman)
Mark Shimmel .... special thanks
Paula Sigman .... grateful thanks
Kathy Sullivan .... special thanks
Bob Thomas .... grateful thanks
Dick Van Dyke .... grateful thanks
Lesley Ann Warren .... grateful thanks

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Additional Details

USA:80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

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Angela Lansbury narrates documentary on Disney's live action films..., 14 December 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

During World War II, the Disney studio had just had some great success with feature-length cartoons but the war effort changed Disney's strategy for awhile. He started combining live action with the animated cartoons and produced films for the war effort like VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER and cemented our South American relations with SALUDOS AMIGOS and THE THREE CABALLEROS.

By the '50s, with the European market closed, he had money in England that he decided to free by filming some live action features in Great Britain with a mostly British cast. He began with TREASURE ISLAND, which was a great success, and then THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD, THE SWORD AND THE ROSE and 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Meanwhile, he was also doing his TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES, beginning with SEAL ISLAND which won an Oscar, the first of many such nature studies.

Then, in order to defray costs for his Disneyland theme park, he decided to take advantage of TV by using it for promoting his films. The studio also began all the merchandising tactics that brought in more money and continued to produce popular live action films like DAVY CROCKETT, OLD YELLER, THE SHAGGY DOG and SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

Angela Lansbury does the narration and various Disney players give their insight into working for Disney, including people like GLYNIS JOHNS, DEAN JONES, DICK VAN DYKE, KAREN DOLTRICE and KURT RUSSELL. All of them appreciated working for the man whom they considered a genius and, as someone aptly remarked, "The single greatest visionary." Clips from some of the later successes include Lansbury's turn as a witch in BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, before she played Mrs. Potts in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Summing up: Delightful and informative.

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