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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.


Khoa Le


Timothy Susanin (book), Diane Disney (foreword) (as Diane Disney Miller) | 3 more credits »
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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 Conor Dubin ... Charles Mintz
Hunter Gomez ... Hugh Harman
Timothy Neil Williams Timothy Neil Williams ... Fred Harman
Ayla Kell ... Bridgit
Arthur L. Bernstein ... Frank Newman
Frank Licari ... George Winkler
Flora Bonfanti ... Margaret Winkler
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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walt Antes de Mickey See more »

Filming Locations:

DeLand, Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the 1:32 into the film, the film canisters on the table during Walt's meeting are seen from overhead, and resemble the 3-circle Mickey Mouse head silhouette. 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 »


Roy Disney: You gotta get your head outta the clouds.
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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 »


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Walt Disney's initial years as a struggler as he slowly evolved his cartoons and desperately sought for finances until the day he discover Mickey Mouse
29 July 2016 | by djbs99See all my reviews

I was appalled, cruelly disappointed at how flat this movie was. I've always been an avid Disney fan. As a kid I used to devour Mickey and Donald comics and cartoons on TV. I find his movies magical. How could anyone depict the genius that the man was in such a dreary, drab fashion? There is absolutely no drama in the script or in the direction. The man himself is so terribly ordinary you wonder how such a man could have invented a whole new grammar of films, animation. Surely some of his craft, the humanness, joy of his movies would get reflected in his personality? But what comes across in the movie is a pedestrian character whose romance (I just read up after watching the movie that Walt and his wife were married for 41 years) is so incredibly facile, one dimensional and completely unromantic that I kept waiting for that one sublimely soulful moment that would make me realise what he saw in her - but we get absolutely no insight into their relationship just as there is very little camaraderie between his fellow animators though we are supposed to believe they are like a family. In short I have yet to see a movie which had such an exciting subject and such a dull, uninspired, shoddy treatment.

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