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Walt & El Grupo (2008)

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The story of the 1941 Goodwill Tour to South America made by Walt Disney and his staff.


Theodore Thomas


Theodore Thomas


Credited cast:
Flávio Barroso Flávio Barroso ... Self
Lee Blair Lee Blair ... Self (archive footage)
Mary Blair ... Self (archive footage)
James Bodrero James Bodrero ... Self (archive footage)
Lydia Bodrero Lydia Bodrero ... Self
Harriet Burns Harriet Burns ... Self
John Canemaker ... Self
Josefina Molina Chazarreta Josefina Molina Chazarreta ... Self
William Cottrell William Cottrell ... Self (archive footage)
Jack Cutting Jack Cutting ... Self (archive footage)
Diane Disney ... Self
Lillian Disney Lillian Disney ... Self (archive footage)
Walt Disney ... Self (archive footage)
Norman Ferguson Norman Ferguson ... Self (archive footage)
Blaine Gibson ... Self
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The story of the 1941 Goodwill Tour to South America made by Walt Disney and his staff.

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Rated PG for historical smoking

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Crazy Credits

Before the credits themselves roll, there are various descriptions of the later careers of the members of El Grupo after they returned from South America. See more »


References Fantasia (1940) See more »

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"Walt Disney saved our lives!" (how many among us can legitimately make that claim?)
12 August 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Wonderfully entertaining documentary from writer-director Theodore Thomas, working alongside the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distribution arm, chronicles a turbulent time in Mr. Disney's life: the years 1940 and 1941, when an animators strike and the looming threat of a dominant union threatened to tear the Disney Company apart. With the war in Europe putting a financial damper on Disney's output overseas, "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia" fell into the red, causing Walt to owe the bank four million dollars. An invitation, then, from President Roosevelt for Disney and his hand-picked team to make a good will tour of South America came as a godsend, although Disney was initially reluctant to travel through Latin America "just shaking hands". He turned the trip to his advantage, however, and released two pictures dedicated to the culture of our neighbors and their people, "Saludos Amigos" in 1942 and "The Three Caballeros" in 1944. Looking back, the movies, though certainly entertaining, were just a stop-gap while Disney came up with bigger ideas, but the underlying notion here--that Walt felt utterly betrayed by his employees--lends this documentary a tough emotional core. Walt also lost his father during the trip, and one senses the emotional weight on him as he is photographed on boats and emerging from planes, waving at the crowds. This is a beautifully-produced sentimental journey, wherein still shots come to life and (now-aged) witnesses and relatives recount this fascinating chapter in Disney history. *** from ****

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Release Date:

26 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Argentina See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,059, 13 September 2009

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1.78 : 1
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