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  • Summary: For ten weeks in 1941, Walt Disney, his wife Lilly, and sixteen colleagues from his studio visited nations in Latin America to gather story material for a series of films with South American themes. The feature documentary film Walt & El Grupo uses this framing device to explore inter-American relations, provide a rare glimpse into the artists who were part of the magic of Disney’s “golden age”, and give an unprecedented look at the 39 year-old Walt Disney during one of the most challenging times of his entire life. Just as the film tackles multiple and interconnected topics, this website will be changing and growing with time. Please plan to check in periodically to see what’s new! [Walt Disney Pictures] Expand
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  1. 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 out to be a telling moment in time and in the process shed some light on the man himself.
  2. 75
    The result: No other studio could produce historical treasure like this from its vaults.
  3. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    This was an era when international travel was not yet common, and in 16mm home movies from the trip, you can see the excitement as 1940s cities burst into gaudy state welcomes for the creator of El Raton Mickey.
  4. 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 reminded of what might have been.
  5. 50
    A disappointingly superficial treatment of a fascinating historical incident.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Both a gargantuan, multi-family home movie and a slight, if entertaining, curio that'll be of most interest to hardcore Disney aficionados.
  7. The production values are first rate. But you will wait in vain to hear a good reason for this movie's existence.

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