Disney Doc Gets Limited September Release

Walt & El Grupo, a new documentary film chronicling a ten-day trip Walt Disney and a hand-picked group of artists took in 1941 to South America as part of the United States’ Good Neighbor Policy, will open Sept. 11 with a limited engagement.

The film, made by writer and director Theodore Thomas, will play in New York at the Quad Cinema, in Los Angeles at the Landmark Regent Theater in Westwood, and at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 in Anaheim. The film is set to open in Seattle on Sept. 25, with additional cities and dates to be announced.

A festival favorite, Walt & El Grupo has played at the Rome, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Seattle film festivals to critical acclaim. Thomas previously directed the 1995 documentary film Frank and Ollie, about famed Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.

The film uses letters and artwork from the trip, remembrances and never-before-seen footage to chronicle the good will trip, which took Disney and his group through Argentina, Brazil and Chile and inspired the classic films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.

The film will be released by Walt Disney Pictures and is presented by Walt Disney Family Foundation Films, in association with Theodore Thomas Productions.