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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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Did You Know?


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


When Charles Mintz calls to let Walt know that he has a problem with the girl playing Alice, the woman who answers the phone covers the ear piece instead of the mouth piece before yelling to Walt that the call is for him. 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 »


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


Hector the Hero (Instrumental)
Written by James Scott Skinner
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Not good... but not crap
4 July 2016 | by lizzymcowanSee all my reviews

The heart of the story was there, but however, the way the story was presented was not. It felt like a cheap Hallmark movie. Even though the shots were fine, the direction the actors were forced to take, the movie score, and the desperate attempt to make you feel emotion was VERY cringe worthy. That's something the story should do itself. Throughout the film, the movie continually tried to squeeze some 'inspirational' piece of crap, line of dialogue to pull at your heartstrings, and it ultimately failed. The movie took me two days to watch because I was so bored 75% through the film that I couldn't finish it in one sitting. That is a movie sin that even God can't forgive. If you can't entertain the viewer, why are you making films? The movie was released in 2015 and it just so happened that I came across it on Netflix. I wondered why I never heard of it, but now I know. I don't recommend this film on any scale, but because I'm a fan of accuracy, I feel it's the only redeeming quality of this film. 6/10, just below average.

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