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Walt Before Mickey (2015)

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Based on the book "Walt Before Mickey" covers the early years of Walt Disney's career.

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Khoa Le

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Timothy Susanin (based on the book by: ), Diane Disney (foreword) (as Diane Disney Miller) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Walt Disney
Jon Heder ... Roy Disney
Armando Gutierrez ... Ub Iwerks
David Henrie ... Rudy Ising
Jodie Sweetin ... Charlotte Disney
Taylor Gray ... Friz Freleng
Kate Katzman ... Lillian Disney
Conor Dubin Conor Dubin ... Charles Mintz
Hunter Gomez ... Hugh Harman
Timothy Neil Williams Timothy Neil Williams ... Fred Harman
Ayla Kell ... Bridget
Arthur L. Bernstein ... Frank Newman
Frank Licari ... George Winkler
Flora Bonfanti ... Margaret Winkler
Natasha Sherritt Natasha Sherritt ... Edna Disney
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Based on the book "Walt Before Mickey" covers the early years of Walt Disney's career.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for period smoking throughout, mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

DeLand, Florida, USA See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Heder and Armando Gutierrez would GeoCache in their downtime during filming. See more »

Goofs

Walt's Laugh O Gram studio was located in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City is mentioned several times in the film, however Walt (actor Thomas Ian Nicholas) and other characters refer to Kansas several times later in the film. Wrong state. See more »

Quotes

Elias Disney: Let me tell you something about life... always finish what you start, and anything worth doing is worth doing well.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, we are told that the story is "based on the book by Timothy Susanin, forward by Diane Disney Miller." It's supposed to be "foreword," not "forward." This error is one of the most common in English and does not speak highly of the technical team's literacy level. See more »

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Features Newman Laugh-O-Grams (1921) See more »

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Incredible story, not incredible movie (and incredulous mouse story turns out to be true)
5 May 2016 | by wuttakidderSee all my reviews

I have to confess, I'm a sucker for true stories of people overcoming great odds to do worthwhile stuff. And when you consider the obstacles (Disney's father was actually a lot stricter and demanding than the movie depicted) and the lovable creations he gave the world, done with groundbreaking methods and an undying focus on quality, I of course am drawn to watch this movie. It was, as some of the other reviewers noted, slightly disappointing in some ways...where maybe it missed some humanity in favor of melodramatics. I think it was a little too focused on the details of the financial challenges of the early years (half as much time would have been good). And on the flip-side, there were very telling stories from his childhood, published in well-regarded biographies, that weren't even mentioned...things that obviously fueled his passion to eventually create the happiest place on earth.

But on the other hand, the piece that seemed the most incredulous to me (the mouse that seemed to be more of a friend than a pet) turns out to be real (based on authorized biographies and accounts of the family). However, it looks like the scene in the alley with the cop was made up, which gets back to the unnecessary dramatics that aren't nearly as compelling as the truth.

All in all, I agree with the other reviewers that it's the actual true story that is the draw...not so much the handling of it. (Possibly a larger budget would have helped.) At any rate, because of the amazing heart, vision, tenacity, and legacy of the person, it's still worthwhile (for me) to watch.


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