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: April 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
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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.

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.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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

Sean Axmaker

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

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