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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.

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Khoa Le

Writers:

Timothy Susanin (book), Diane Disney (foreword) (as Diane Disney Miller) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

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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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Color
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Trivia

Jon Heder and Armando Gutierrez would GeoCache in their downtime during filming. See more »

Goofs

In two different shots set in the mid 1920s, Walt is shown looking at letters addressed to him. One envelope shows a 1983 Santa Claus stamp. Later, another envelope shows a stamp with two crossed US flags that came out around 1973. See more »

Quotes

Elias Disney: Let me tell you something about life... always finish what you start, and anything worth doing is worth doing well.
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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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Features Plane Crazy (1928) See more »

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Just A Wish
Written By Jeremy Rubolino, Andrew Capra, and Rob Graves
Performed by Julie Zorrilla
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trying to find something good about this movie
21 December 2015 | by alouezSee all my reviews

Not to put too fine a point on it- this is one of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time.

I wish I could get back the $ I spent to watch this on OnDemand. The acting is painful, the pacing is leaden, and the dialogue reminds one of that written for the sixth grade Christmas play. I dozed off several times and didn't even miss anything.

About the only praise I can come up with is that the cast are pretty much all really good looking. And the guys who play the supporting team of animators in the early incarnation of the Disney studios work very hard and almost succeed in making their scenes compelling. But it's not enough to overcome either the uninspired earnestness of the guy playing Walt Disney, or the atrocious dialogue. Every scene drags. Every. Scene. It very much screamed 'inexperienced director'.

There is a good story lurking underneath here. But it's not told in this particular film. It's especially egregious that they gloss over the fundamental dishonesty of a man who lies to and manipulates his employees to keep them churning out work, with the goal of achieving his own dream. It's not an admirable thing to steal work from an employee- particularly when it's being made clear that those employees are suffering as a result. A skilled filmmaker could have drawn drama out of this scenario; a lot could have been made of the irony of a man trampling all before him to bring the world... Mickey Mouse.

Hopefully, this story will someday get the treatment it deserves. It does not get it here. Which is unfortunate, because apparently most of those involved in this project were also the ones bankrolling it, and they all seem like nice people.


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