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Walt: The Man Behind the Myth 

Walt Disney was a great person and he created Disneyland and other things for people all over the world and they are so proud of his great work and Mickey Mouse and Mary Poppins.

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Episode credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Narrator / Himself
John H. Mayer ... Additional Narrator (as John Mayer)
Marian Galanis Marian Galanis ... Additional Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Anderson Paul Anderson ... Himself
Julie Andrews ... Herself (archive footage)
Ken Annakin ... Himself
Xavier Atencio ... Himself
Sharon Baird ... Herself
Buddy Baker Buddy Baker ... Himself
Ray Bradbury ... Himself
Michael Broggie Michael Broggie ... Himself
Roger Broggie Roger Broggie ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Broughton Bob Broughton ... Himself
Edmund G. Brown Edmund G. Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Brown Robert Brown ... Himself (archive footage)


Walt: The Man Behind the Myth offers a fascinating look at the man behind such classics as Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Mary Poppins, and Bambi, as well as the creation of Disneyland and many of the other things Walt Disney imagined into reality. Narrated by Dick Van Dyke and presented by Diane Disney Miller, Walt's oldest daughter, the documentary features more than 50 interviews with original artists and imagineers, friends, family, and collaborators. Written by Allison

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Release Date:

16 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Historien om Walt Disney See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walt's last animated feature that he over saw before his death was The Jungle Book (1967). See more »


Charles Solomon: When we look at Steamboat Willie today, it's hard to imagine how fresh and how different it must had been than the other animated films of that era. In November 1928. you had never seen anything like this before. Here was a character laughing and dancing and whistling and singing coordinated to the music more perfectly than anything you would have seen before.
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References Flesh and the Devil (1926) See more »


Off to School
from "Pinocchio"
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Highly Recommended
2 June 2005 | by miz bellSee all my reviews

I've always been interested in the man and have read biographies on him but it was another thing to see this wonderful film footage. He always had a camera around so there's tons of actual footage from his very early days and you get to see what a dynamic, charismatic this guy was (not just cozy "Uncle Walt" that we're most familiar w/from the TV show). It's easy to see why his employees were so committed and inspired by him. Being a Disney production (his grandson was one of the producers and Walt's daughter contributed a lot) I feared a "whitewashed" sort of thing but was pleasantly surprised by the well roundedness of it. My boyfriend who had no desire to see it was crying by the end and filled w/ a new found appreciation and even wants to see a movie made about him now. It's important to see because this was an exceptional person who risked everything time and again for his visions. He was a perfectionist w/high standards who literally created his own world (Disneyland)- not some money grubbing CEO that the name "Disney" has come to symbolize.

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