If you didn’t enjoy the Disney Company’s make-believe version of Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, fret not, an independent company has now produced their own fantasy Walt biopic: Walt before Mickey. Though it might not appear so from the melodramatic trailer, the film is based on a legitimate piece of research: Timothy Susanin’s recent book Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928.

Walt before Mickey is helmed by freshman feature director Khoa Le, and stars Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) as Walt Disney and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as Roy. The film does not have a distributor yet. Check out the trailer below:

I hope the film has a lot more scenes of Walt throwing tantrums:


…and of Ub Iwerks body-slamming other people against the wall:

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