EARTH by Disneynature – Heritage

The first webisode, Heritage, from Disneynature’s EARTH takes you through Walt Disneys dream of creating nature documentaries, from his Bambi and True Life Adventures to the creation of the Disneynature label in his legacy. Award-winning Director Alastair Fothergill also speaks about the EARTH documentary and… Read More »EARTH by Disneynature – Heritage

TILT: The Battle for Pinball

Having grown up when video games meant Atari Pong or Space Duel, I am exactly the age group that abandoned Pinball machines for coin operated arcade games. However, I’ve never really given up my love for Pinball. It’s a game format I hope never really goes away.

All through the 90s and into the early 2000s I played whatever Pinball I could get my hands on, usually at Disneyland which always had a small, but nice, collection of Pinball machines in their Tomorrowland Starcade. I’m just guessing, but I would lay odds that fellow Disneyland fan Greg Maletic spend more than a few loads of laundry worth of quarters on those Disneyland pinball machines.

Greg, as it turns out, has recently completed a documentary called TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball.

Not just for pinball fanatics, TILT tells an account that any follower of technology, design, or business will find fascinating. Seen from the perspective of the designers that created Pinball 2000, TILT is a story about personality and passion, of bold success dizzyingly followed by stunning failure.

Check out the official website for details on when a screening might be coming to a theater near you. Or check beneath the cut for a trailer to whet your appetite.
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“Walt & El Grupo” documentary to premiere this Saturday in San Francisco

(Editors note: I’m the process of writing the review for the recent re-release of “The Three Caballeros” and “Saludos Amigos” on DVD. That DVD has a wonderful extra that just skims the top of Walt’s famous 1941 trip to Latin America. It has always left me wanting to know more about that trip. Now “Walt & El Grupo” has answered that call. I hope they’re able to bring it out to Central Florida for a screening sometime soon.

I want to thank Leo Holzer for sending in this great article about what sounds like an exciting new documentary concerning a very critical moment in Walt’s career. “Walt & El Grupo” is premiering at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Saturday, April 26, 2008. – John)

“Walt & El Grupo”

By Leo N. Holzer
Special to The Disney Blog

The loss of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and the birth of Mickey Mouse in 1928. The creation and release of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937. The development of Disneyland and its opening in 1955.

All of these were important and challenging periods for Walt Disney and his company.

But there was another time when life as Walt Disney knew it would forever change, both personally and professionally. The year was 1941, months before Pearl Harbor, when Walt and his studio were embroiled in labor unrest with an animators’ strike and challenged by the shrinking international box office returns as the war in Europe expanded.

It’s this period of Walt Disney’s life — and the “godsend” he found with a U.S.-government-sponsored working trip to Central and South America — that documentary filmmaker Ted Thomas (“Frank and Ollie”) explores in his new film, “Walt & El Grupo.”

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Disney to Launch Nature Movie Label

The Walt Disney Company announced today that it is launching a new film label called Disneynature. The label will release wildlife focused and environmental movies for theaters starting with the 2009 release “Earth.” “Our goal at Disneynature is to bring big event films as only… Read More »Disney to Launch Nature Movie Label

Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn present rare Disney Animation

If you’re planning on attending this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival starting this week, you’ll get to enjoy twenty-seven different animation programs. One of these is Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn with some rarely seen Disney animation and experimental films.

Leslie Iwerks will also be showing her documentary, The Pixar Story.

The full press release is below the cut:
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