Walt & El Grupo

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Walt Disney Pictures Released 2009

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Director:
Theodore Thomas
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG
Walt & El Grupo profiles events in 1941, when the U.S. government enlisted Walt Disney and top animators to visit South America on a goodwill tour, hoping to quash a growing Nazi presence. Extensive interviews and archival footage re-create their diplomatic and creative mission. Nicknamed "El Grupo," the Disney crew soaked up the culture of Brazil, Argentina and Chile and emerged with material for the Oscar-nominated animation The Three Caballeros and other beloved classics.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The best kind of labor of love. A documentary made with affection and intelligence, it looks at a brief episode in the life of a cultural icon and uses it to illuminate what turns ...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The result: No other studio could produce historical treasure like this from its vaults.

  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    What's really missing here is a story of artistic regeneration: by the time we encounter a dazzling excerpt from the studio's post-trip film, "Aquarela do Brasil," we are only remi...

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