Walt & El Grupo revisits the amazing ten-week trip that Walt Disney and his talented group of hand picked artists and filmmakers (later known as El Grupo) took to South America in 1941 at the behest of the U.S. Government as part of the Good Neighbor Policy. The documentary, put together with love by Frank Thomas’s son and his wife, has played at film festivals, but is coming soon to theaters across the country. Check out the newly released trailer below.
Shot on film in five countries, Walt & El Grupo is a tale that still resonates on both sides of the equator. The film time travels in Walt Disneys footsteps through the use of personal letters and stunning artwork from the trip, remembrances by descendants and survivors, and extraordinary never-before-seen footage.
Walt & El Grupo brings together an intertwined story of art and politics, the poignancy of a bygone age, and a legendary artist during one of his most trying times.
Look for it to hit theaters starting September 9, 2009. More at the official site.
You can also download or view this trailer in standard or high definition over at Apple’s trailer site.