Walt: The Man Behind the Myth

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  • TV-G
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 8.0  (345)

Walt: The Man Behind the Myth is a 2001 documentary film about the life and career of Walt Disney, arguably the most influential figure in the history of animation. The film features interviews with friends, family members, former colleagues, and celebrities who offer their insights into Disney's life and work. Narrated by actor Dick Van Dyke, who played several memorable roles in Disney films such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the film is divided into several chapters that explore Disney's early years, his rise to fame in Hollywood, and the creation of his iconic characters and attractions.

One of the key themes of the film is the idea that Walt Disney was not only an innovative artist and businessman, but also a complex and often misunderstood figure. Through interviews with his daughter Diane Disney Miller, his long-time friend and collaborator Ward Kimball, and others, the film paints a picture of a man who was driven by a vision to create a utopian world where art and technology would combine to create joy and wonder for people of all ages.

The film also explores some of the controversies and criticisms surrounding Disney, such as accusations of anti-Semitism, labor disputes, and criticisms of the way he portrayed certain ethnic groups in his films. However, the filmmakers are careful to present both sides of these issues and to avoid sensationalizing them.

In addition to interviews, the film features extensive footage of Disney himself, including rare audio recordings and behind-the-scenes footage from the making of his most famous works. This footage helps to give viewers a sense of the man behind the myth and to understand his creative process.

Overall, Walt: The Man Behind the Myth is a heartfelt and informative tribute to one of the most important figures in the history of entertainment. Whether you're a longtime Disney fan or simply interested in the history of animation and popular culture, this film offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and work of a true visionary.

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    8.0  (345)