New Meetup: Walt & El Grupo

From: user 3.
Sent on: Friday, September 11, 2009 9:13 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: Walt & El Grupo

When: September 13,[masked]:00 PM

Nuart Theater
11272 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Summer's not over yet! Let's travel to South America with a young Walt Disney in this entertaining and informative documentary that chronicles the young filmmaker's trip to America del Sur. It's gotten 6 out of 9 fresh reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can check out the trailer below as well as a review by Kenneth Turan. Director Theodore Thomas will be present for a Q & A after the show. Then we can go for dinner at one of the many restaurants on Santa Monica Blvd. just a couple of blocks west of the theater.

The movie starts at 3:30 at the Nuart Theater. Let's meet at 3:00 out front and then head in by 3:15 or 3:20. Remember to give yourself enough time to park on the street nearby!

Nuart Theater
11272 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA[masked]

The year was 1941, and the world was on the brink of war. In an effort to improve relations between the Americas, the Roosevelt administration called upon one of Hollywood's most influential filmmakers to embark on a special goodwill tour. This documentary chronicles the amazing ten-week trip that Walt Disney and his hand-picked group of artists and filmmaking talent (later known as "El Grupo") took to South America. Just three years after the phenomenal success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Walt Disney Studios experienced a chain of financial challenges that ultimately led to the infamous animators strike. Meanwhile, the Roosevelt administration had growing concerns about Nazi and Fascist influence in Latin America. In stark contrast to these trying times, Disney and his colorful group of artists found themselves on a lively trip full of hope and discovery. While gathering story material, immersing themselves in the culture, befriending local artists and meeting political leaders, their journey was also a de facto diplomatic mission, and as a result, the studio produced the classic films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. Walt & El Grupo time travels in Walt Disney's footsteps through the use of personal letters and stunning artwork from the trip, remembrances by descendants and survivors, and extraordinary never-before-seen footage. The film 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.

Kenneth Turan's Review:,0,3451747.story


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