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Walt & El Grupo (2008)

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The story of the 1941 Goodwill Tour to South America made by Walt Disney and his staff.

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Theodore Thomas

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Cast

Credited cast:
Flávio Barroso Flávio Barroso ... Himself
Lee Blair Lee Blair ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Blair ... Herself (archive footage)
James Bodrero James Bodrero ... Himself (archive footage)
Lydia Bodrero Lydia Bodrero ... Herself
Harriet Burns Harriet Burns ... Herself
John Canemaker ... Himself
Josefina Molina Chazarreta Josefina Molina Chazarreta ... Herself
William Cottrell William Cottrell ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Cutting Jack Cutting ... Himself (archive footage)
Diane Disney ... Herself
Lillian Disney Lillian Disney ... Herself (archive footage)
Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)
Norman Ferguson Norman Ferguson ... Himself (archive footage)
Blaine Gibson ... Himself
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The story of the 1941 Goodwill Tour to South America made by Walt Disney and his staff.

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Documentary

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Rated PG for historical smoking
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walt in El grupo See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,059, 13 September 2009

Gross USA:

$20,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,521
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Color
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, Walt Disney is heard talking about why, as per the distributor's request, he put the Latin American pictures together in one film: different countries would not be sold on each other (i.e., Argentina in Brazil, Peru in Chile, etc.), and he had to put them all together somehow. See more »

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

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You want to like this documentary.....but....
30 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee 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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