Walt & El-Grupo 

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Walt & El-Grupo (2009 Movie)

“Walt & El Grupo” is a 2008 documentary film directed by Theodore Thomas. The documentary tells the story of Walt Disney and a group of his artists who embarked on a goodwill tour of South America in 1941. The trip was organized by the U.S. government as part of the “Good Neighbor Policy” to improve relations with Latin American countries during World War II.

The film delves into the historical context of the tour and how it impacted Walt Disney’s creative vision and the Disney studio. During the trip, Disney and his team were exposed to the vibrant culture and folklore of the South American countries they visited, which would later influence some of their iconic films, including “Saludos Amigos” and “The Three Caballeros.”

“Walt & El Grupo” features archival footage, interviews with surviving members of the tour, and insights into Walt Disney’s passion for exploring and embracing different cultures. It highlights the artistic exchange and mutual appreciation between Disney’s team and the South American artists they encountered during their journey.

The documentary sheds light on the significance of this little-known chapter in Disney’s history and how it helped shape the studio’s artistic direction in the years to come. “Walt & El Grupo” serves as a tribute to Walt Disney’s adventurous spirit and his dedication to fostering cultural understanding through the medium of animation.

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Written and Directed by: Theodore Thomas

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