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Walt Before Mickey (2015)

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Based on the book "Walt Before Mickey" covers the early years of Walt Disney's career.

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Based on the book "Walt Before Mickey" covers the early years of Walt Disney's career.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for period smoking throughout, mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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14 August 2015 (USA)  »

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The drawing Rudy submits as a sample of his work is a rendition of the character Spot Conlon from Disney's movie Newsies, as drawn by a member of the prop master's family. See more »

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At the Disney Brother's Studio, animator Hugh Harman says: ¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! (which would become Speedy Gonzales' signature expression), hinting that he had originated the phrase and would later use it for the character of Speedy when Harman left Disney to work for Warner Bros. However, the originator of the expression was voice actor Mel Blanc. See more »

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Elias Disney: Let me tell you something about life... always finish what you start and anything worth doing, is worth doing well.
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In the opening credits, we are told that the story is "based on the book by Timothy Susanin, forward by Diane Disney Miller." It's supposed to be "foreword," not "forward." This error is one of the most common in English and does not speak highly of the technical team's literacy level. See more »

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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Written By Jeremy Rubolino, Andrew Capra, and Rob Graves
Performed by Julie Zorrilla
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21 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not to put too fine a point on it- this is one of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time.

I wish I could get back the $ I spent to watch this on OnDemand. The acting is painful, the pacing is leaden, and the dialogue reminds one of that written for the sixth grade Christmas play. I dozed off several times and didn't even miss anything.

About the only praise I can come up with is that the cast are pretty much all really good looking. And the guys who play the supporting team of animators in the early incarnation of the Disney studios work very hard and almost succeed in making their scenes compelling. But it's not enough to overcome either the uninspired earnestness of the guy playing Walt Disney, or the atrocious dialogue. Every scene drags. Every. Scene. It very much screamed 'inexperienced director'.

There is a good story lurking underneath here. But it's not told in this particular film. It's especially egregious that they gloss over the fundamental dishonesty of a man who lies to and manipulates his employees to keep them churning out work, with the goal of achieving his own dream. It's not an admirable thing to steal work from an employee- particularly when it's being made clear that those employees are suffering as a result. A skilled filmmaker could have drawn drama out of this scenario; a lot could have been made of the irony of a man trampling all before him to bring the world... Mickey Mouse.

Hopefully, this story will someday get the treatment it deserves. It does not get it here. Which is unfortunate, because apparently most of those involved in this project were also the ones bankrolling it, and they all seem like nice people.


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