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The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics (2008)

Along with his legendary cartoons, Walt Disney produced a marvelous array of live action classics that came about through the use of his singular style, hard work and an unwavering belief in this vision.


Peter Fitzgerald


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Narrator (voice)
Kurt Russell ... Himself - Interviewee
Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Van Dyke ... Himself - Interviewee
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Interviewee
Les Perkins ... Himself - Interviewee
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself - Interviewee (as Roy E. Disney)
Paula Sigman ... Herself - Interviewee
Bill Cotter Bill Cotter ... Himself - Interviewee
Hayley Mills ... Herself - Interviewee
Richard Schickel ... Himself - Interviewee
Robert Newton ... Long John Silver (archive footage)
Bobby Driscoll ... Jim Hawkins (archive footage)
Ken Annakin ... Himself - Interviewee
Glynis Johns ... Herself - Interviewee


Along with his legendary cartoons, Walt Disney produced a marvelous array of live action classics that came about through the use of his singular style, hard work and an unwavering belief in this vision.

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Release Date:

14 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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Fitzfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Angela Lansbury narrates documentary on Disney's live action films...
14 December 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

During World War II, the Disney studio had just had some great success with feature-length cartoons but the war effort changed Disney's strategy for awhile. He started combining live action with the animated cartoons and produced films for the war effort like VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER and cemented our South American relations with SALUDOS AMIGOS and THE THREE CABALLEROS.

By the '50s, with the European market closed, he had money in England that he decided to free by filming some live action features in Great Britain with a mostly British cast. He began with TREASURE ISLAND, which was a great success, and then THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD, THE SWORD AND THE ROSE and 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Meanwhile, he was also doing his TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES, beginning with SEAL ISLAND which won an Oscar, the first of many such nature studies.

Then, in order to defray costs for his Disneyland theme park, he decided to take advantage of TV by using it for promoting his films. The studio also began all the merchandising tactics that brought in more money and continued to produce popular live action films like DAVY CROCKETT, OLD YELLER, THE SHAGGY DOG and SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.

Angela Lansbury does the narration and various Disney players give their insight into working for Disney, including people like GLYNIS JOHNS, DEAN JONES, DICK VAN DYKE, KAREN DOLTRICE and KURT RUSSELL. All of them appreciated working for the man whom they considered a genius and, as someone aptly remarked, "The single greatest visionary." Clips from some of the later successes include Lansbury's turn as a witch in BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, before she played Mrs. Potts in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Summing up: Delightful and informative.

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