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


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Timothy Susanin (based on the book by: ), Diane Disney (foreword) (as Diane Disney Miller) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Walt Disney
Jon Heder ... Roy Disney
Armando Gutierrez ... Ub Iwerks
David Henrie ... Rudy Ising
Jodie Sweetin ... Charlotte Disney
Taylor Gray ... Friz Freleng
Kate Katzman ... Lillian Disney
Conor Dubin ... Charles Mintz
Hunter Gomez ... Hugh Harman
Timothy Neil Williams Timothy Neil Williams ... Fred Harman
Ayla Kell ... Bridget
Arthur L. Bernstein ... Frank Newman
Frank Licari ... George Winkler
Flora Bonfanti Flora Bonfanti ... Margaret Winkler
Natasha Sherritt Natasha Sherritt ... Edna Disney


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

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The film accurately depicts Walt as a heavy smoker. Walt Disney died of lung cancer in 1966. See more »


Walt's Laugh O Gram studio was located in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City is mentioned several times in the film, however Walt (actor Thomas Ian Nicholas) and other characters refer to Kansas several times later in the film. Wrong state. See more »


Walt Disney: Mr. Newman, I've been trying to get ahold of you.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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


Hector the Hero (Instrumental)
Written by James Scott Skinner
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Poorly lacking
18 June 2016 | by abpod09See all my reviews

Who better than teen movie "American Pie"'s own Thomas Ian Nicholas to play one of the most celebrated, influential, and history-changing personalities of all time, the creator of Mickey Mouse himself, Walt Disney?

In a casting choice that I'm sure will baffle most, Nicholas, with his boyish good looks (or despite them) is most surely not the right choice for the role. But it's not "Walt Before Mickey's" only pitfall, even if it's the worst.

As a whole, the movie feels flat, uninspired, and at times downright depressing, bordering on awful late night soap opera drama from old days that have since been forgotten.

There's no one of particular note on the cast, the story (as often happens with biopics) feels rushed, while at times slumping away, and the final product just feels very unfinished. (The sound people in particular, it seems, couldn't have cared less edgewise.)

Which is actually sad, considering the subject matter at hand: the rise of an immensely prominent figure, not just in the United States, but across the world. There simply wouldn't have been a "Snow White", a "Cinderella", and countless other animated works of fiction that brought a whole genre to the mainstream and made Disney the household powerhouse that it is today, were it not for Walt Disney.

I checked the IMDb rating before even watching the movie, and was rather surprised. "How can it possibly be so poor, given the subject?" And alas, unfortunately it is.

So other than Tom Hanks' "Saving Mr. Banks", which deals with a more advanced stage in Walt Disney's career, I'm afraid we'll have to wait for a movie that will actually pay a worthy homage to the man himself, and will be heralded in movie history as such.

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Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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DeLand, Florida, USA See more »

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