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Walt and El Grupo opens September 11th

A release date has been announced for Walt and El Grupo, the new Ted Thomas documentary about Disney’s 1941 goodwill tour to South America – a journey which inspired the feature length Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros and several other animated films during the forties. The documentary opens September 11th in New York (The Quad Cinemas), Los Angeles (The Regent in Westwood and AMC Downtown Disney in Anaheim). The film will open September 25th in Seattle and in other cities nationwide in the weeks after that. I love the faux vintage one sheet poster (click image at left to enlarge) and am really looking forward to seeing this picture.

  • wow that sounds fantastic, those movies are some of my favourites for their risk taking and experimenting. Any word on any international distribution? I’d love to check it out but live all the way down in Australia

  • TsimoneTseTse

    It’s good to see “Disney Family” & Disney Co. play nice

  • BJ Wanlund

    This totally sounds awesome! But, since I never saw King of Kong in theaters, and it was never close enough for me to consider seeing it, I bought it on DVD. It looka like I might have to do the same again here.

    Not that I’m complaining or anything.


  • I’m wondering if the film mentions anything about the strike at the Disney studio (which was settled by Roy shortly after Walt left on the trip), or the later McCarthy hearings where Walt outed the strike leaders as communists? http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6458

    I believe a big reason for the trip was to get Walt’s head clear and make him relax a bit, as the strike was eating him up. I’m wondering if the film will touch on that aspect?

  • Mark Sonntag

    I’m it won’t reach Australia, I’ll have to wait for the DVD. Any chance of buying a print of the poster?

  • vveksuvarna

    @ mark

    the quick and dirty way of getting that poster would be to get a hi-res copy from impawards.com and print it yourself.

    i think that should be legal, as long as you dont sell copies of it.

    and if you are looking to buy a official poster, it could be a while before you can get it, unless you have afriend working at the local indie cinema.

  • Chuck R.

    Ditto on the poster —it’s a gem. It not only sports an authentic retro look, it has a distinctively Mexican flavor. Even the typography in the credits is elegant. I’d buy it.

  • Bryan

    I’m wondering how different this will be from the fairly lengthy (almost an hour IIRC) home movies/featurette of this trip that were on the Saludos Amigos DVD? I imagine it must use a lot of that footage, with additional interviews commentary and analysis?
    Looks interesting, especially if it includes discussion of the strike and the impending war…