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Walt – The Man Behind The Myth

Walt – The Man Behind The Myth

Product Description of Walt – The Man Behind The Myth

 From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Disneyland and beyond, Walt Disney touched the hearts of millions with his special brand of magic. In this revealing portrait, you’ll discover the man behind the myth as never before. Inspired by daughter Diane Disney Miller and hosted by Disney legend Dick Van Dyke, the film features all-new interviews with friends, family, collaborators, and experts plus never-before-seen home movies. Through good times and bad, including a brush with bankruptcy during World War II, Walt remained a driven innovator and perfectionist behind studio gates and devoted family man at home. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, Walt – The Man Behind The Myth offers the most intimate look yet at the man whose legacy continues to inspire the world.

Walt - The Man Behind The MythEditorial review of Walt – The Man Behind The Myth, courtesy of Amazon.com

Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins) narrates this made-for-TV special, which focuses on the high points in Walt Disney’s life and career. Over 70 friends, relatives, and associates were interviewed. Critics, however, weren’t given much of a chance to have their say, which prevents Walt from presenting a fully rounded picture. Fortunately, this two-hour story of the great man’s rise–and rise–makes for compelling viewing anyway. It doesn’t merely cover his work, but personal life, as well. Milestones, such as his marriage, are brought to life using footage from a copious home movie collection. Furthermore, a few Disney animators do mention some of the great man’s more negative traits, such as his legendary toughness, but such criticisms are passed over quickly. Smaller viewers may find it boring, but Disney fans 10 and older are sure to be riveted by this fascinating man’s life story. –Kathleen C. Fennessy