Walt & El Grupo
Walt & El Grupo (2008)

Theodore Thomas, son of the late Walt Disney Studios animator Frank Thomas (1912-2004) and director of the acclaimed 1995 documentary Frank and Ollie, helms this second foray into Disney history, Walt & El Grupo (2007). The subject this… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 30, 2010
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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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John Hartl
Seattle Times

[Thomas] may need more distance from the subject -- Walt & El Grupo could shed about 20 minutes -- but there's no questioning his sincerity or his instinct for revealing anecdotes.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a niche effort that has little to offer all but the most ardent of animation junkies.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At a time when Hollywood doesn't remember last year, is obsessed with the bottom line and is run by men who often have no sense of history, Walt & El Grupo evokes a better time.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

This may be the first documentary that contains not a single American, living or dead, who is anything but merry of disposition. That cheer carries over to the on-the-spot gusto of el grupo's sketchbooks -- a more accurate tribute than the final cartoons.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

An intimate, albeit uneventful, story filled with flashy graphics but not a lot of substance.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

While skimming over the troubled waters of impending war and ongoing labor unrest, it's both a vicarious vacation and a crash course in animation.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A relentlessly upbeat vanity project destined for the Disney family archive.

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Sean Axmaker
MSN.com

... less probing documentary than colorful press release for the paternal Disney...

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