6 user 22 critic

Walt & El Grupo (2008)

1:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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


Theodore Thomas


Theodore Thomas



Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of the Disney Renaissance, an incredibly prolific, successful and prestigious decade lasting from 1984 to 1994 that saw the fallen Walt Disney Animation Studios' unexpected progressive triumphant return to excellence.

Director: Don Hahn
Stars: Roy Edward Disney, John Lasseter, Michael Eisner
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary about two famed Disney animators, Frank and Ollie.

Director: Theodore Thomas
Stars: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Sylvia Roemer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.

Directors: Gregory V. Sherman, Jeff Sherman
Stars: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Roy Edward Disney
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios - from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Iwerks
Stars: Stacy Keach, John Lasseter, Brad Bird
Walt Disney (2015–2016)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two-part biographical documentary on the life, career and legacy of Walt Disney. Making use of recently released archive footage, interviews and classic scenes from his films.

Stars: Rebecca Gethings, Walt Disney, Margaret Winkler
The Sweatbox (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sting's wife Trudie Styler documents the turbulent bureaucracy both Sting and the filmmakers went through in order to complete The Emperor's New Groove (2000), a Disney film that underwent extensive storyline changes from start to finish.

Directors: John-Paul Davidson, Trudie Styler
Stars: Roger Allers, Dale Baer, Tony Bancroft
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. At 80 years old, see how Disney Legend Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney, continues to impact animation and stir up "trouble" after the company forced him to retire at age 65.

Directors: Michael Fiore, Erik Sharkey
Stars: Cosmo Anzilotti, Jane Baer, Dave Bossert
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary about the animated film The Thief and the Cobbler (1993). Its production began in the 1960s and ended in the 1990s, but it wasn't finished by the director, Richard Williams.

Director: Kevin Schreck
Stars: Omar Ali-Shah, Art Babbitt, Howard Blake
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Brian Cummings, Ken Anderson, Frank Armitage
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ted Thomas, son of Disney Animator, Frank Thomas, decides to go visit the offspring of the rest of Disney's Nine Old Men and narrate a documentary about what it was like growing up with them.

Director: Theodore Thomas
Stars: Sybil Byrnes, Ken Johnston, Rick Johnston


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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for historical smoking


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

26 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walt in El grupo See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,059, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,900, 30 October 2009
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

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 »


References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

11 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed