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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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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 »

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Argentina See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,059, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,900, 30 October 2009
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Before the credits themselves roll, there are various descriptions of the later careers of the members of El Grupo after they returned from South America. See more »

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References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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A pedestrian treatment of an interesting subject
13 December 2010 | by m2mallorySee all my reviews

Walt Disney's sojourn in South America on behalf of the Roosevelt Administration's "Good Neighbor Policy" would make for an interesting film, but this isn't it. The film is not so much a documentary as a dry recitation of the itineraries of the people involved, often read by surviving family members, with little or no perspective into what the trip meant (save for allowing legendary design artist Mary Blair to blossom professionally) and what it ultimately accomplished. Some of the footage is interesting, but rarely does any of it contain the energy of the poster image of Walt swinging a lasso. While Disney's appearance in S.A. was no question big news down there, the film implies that it was also unique. Other Hollywood figures--notably Orson Welles--were also sent down south by FDR (and in Welles' case the almost-result was the unfinished "It's All True"), while other South American performers were invited up to Hollywood. Perhaps most telling is the subtext that runs throughout the film, blaming the 1941 strike at the Disney studio, which forced it to unionize, as the factor that killed both the studio's spirit and its brief Golden Age of innovation, a dubious (but Disney-sanctioned) interpretation of the facts. This isn't a terrible film, just not a particularly interesting or informative one.


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