Synopsis by Mark Deming
Few men have had as great an impact on American popular culture as Walt Disney. Starting with a handful of cartoon characters, Disney created an entertainment empire that revolutionized movies and television, and created the theme park industry as we know it today. Disney also created a carefully molded public image as the joyous and fatherly spinner of magic tales, but behind that facade was a shrewd businessman, an artist who knew how to bring out ideas in his collaborators, and a family man who was devoted to his wife and children even though he wasn't always sure how to show it. Walt: The Man Behind the Myth is a made-for-television documentary (produced by the Disney organization) that takes a look at the Walt Disney his friends, family, and co-workers knew, featuring interviews with almost 50 people who share their memories of Disney, illustrated with rare behind-the-scenes footage from the Disney studios and never-before-seen home movies. Dick Van Dyke narrates.
animation, filmmaker, innovation, businessperson, family, interview, studio, television