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Walt & El Grupo

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 time lies somewhat outside the boundaries of Disney animation and rests on an unusual footnote: in 1941, Walt Disney personally led a "goodwill tour" and research expedition of South America, with a team of animators in tow whom he collectively christened "El Grupo." The voyage transcended passing personal interest on the part of the animators; its residual effects can be seen in several Latin-themed Disney projects -- notably, Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1945), both of which won Oscars, and other efforts designed to support the Good Neighbor Policy of the United States. With Walt & El Grupo, Theodore Thomas and his wife, Kuniko Okubo, combine rare, unseen 16 mm home movie footage of the original trip (held in the Disney vaults for years) with footage from their own trip through South America that retraces the Disney animators' original journey -- contrasting 1941 footage with glimpses of the same locales, shot 60 years later. On the soundtrack, Thomas and Okubo overlay reminiscences by the original travelers, taken from journals and letters and read by family members.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2010
UPC: 0786936806830
Original Release: 2007
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:47:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary With Director Theodore Thomas And Historian J.B. Kaufman; ; Photos In Motion; From The Director's Cut; Home Movies For The Big Screen; My Father's Generation; Artists And Politicians; ; Saludos Amigos: Original 1943 Release; Original Theatrical Trailers; Saludos Amigos; The Three Caballeros

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juan Carlos González Participant
Marcelo Niño Participant
Mariúza Barroso Salomão Participant
Virgilio Roig Participant
John Canemaker Participant
Blaine Gibson Participant
Diane Disney Miller Participant
Harriet Wolcott Participant
J.B. Kaufman Participant
Jeanette Thomas Participant
Cindy Garcia Participant
Lydia Reed Participant
Leticia Pinheiro Participant
Sheila Banani Participant
Ankito Participant
Harriet Burns Participant
Maria Elisa Botelho Byington Participant
Marsha Gilpatrick Participant
Maria Cecilia Braga de Araujo Goes Participant
Flávio Barroso Participant
Brian Lansburgh Participant
Janet Lansburgh Participant
Juan Carlos Portas Participant
Mali Legarreta Participant
Josefina Molina Chazarreta Participant
Andrés A. Chazarreta Ruiz Participant
Miguel "Tachuela" Gramajo Participant
Hugo Rocha Participant
Guillermo Guerrero Participant
Jorge "Faruk" Palacio Participant
Cecilia Palacio Participant
Elizabeth O'Farrell de Apellaniz Participant
Miguel B. O'Farrell Participant
Kevin Blair Participant
Jorge Delano Participant

Technical Credits
Theodore Thomas Director,Screenwriter
Kymber Blake Makeup,Sound Mixer
Marta Camer Makeup
Bruce Engler Sound Mixer
Keith Garcia Sound Mixer
Dan Gleich Sound Mixer
Shana Hagan Cinematographer
Scott Harber Sound Mixer
Ken King Sound Mixer
Ken King Sound Mixer
Kristine Mavroson Makeup
Walter E.D. Miller Executive Producer
Kuniko Okubo Producer
Lisa Palattella Editor
James Wesley Stemple Score Composer
Susumu Tokunow Sound Mixer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walt & El Grupo
1. An Introduction [:00]
2. Once Upon A Time [:00]
3. First Stop: Brazil [:00]
4. Artists And Politicians [:02]
6. Dances Of Argentina [:00]
5. The Artist's Role [:00]
7. Sojourn In Uruguay [7:52]
8. The Cartoonist [5:27]
9. A Gaucho Welcome [6:01]
10. Unique Characters [9:26]
11. 5 Days In Chile [8:33]
12. Coming Home [13:00]
13. Afterword [5:30]
14. End Credits [6:51]

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