What’s on TV?: ‘Walt Disney,’ A New Two Night Documentary, Premieres Monday Night On PBS

by Sandi Berg
ca. October 1933, USA --- Walt Disney seated with drawing board on his lap and representations of his creations Mickey and Minnie Mouse behind. --- Image by © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

ca. October 1933, USA — Walt Disney seated with drawing board on his lap and representations of his creations Mickey and Minnie Mouse behind. — Image by © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis

This new and very comprehensive documentary about the legend Walt Disney premieres tonightMonday, and concludes Tuesday night.  It’s a wonderful and highly entertaining film about an American icon.

In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to seven million visited Disneyland. Few creative figures before or since have held such a long-lasting place in American life and popular culture.
This two-part, four-hour film  is an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers. From Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio to Mary Poppins, Disney’s movies grew out of his own life experiences. He told stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible.The film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers and historians, animators and artists who worked on Snow White and other early films, and designers who helped create Disneyland.
Walt Disney premieres tonight on PBS At 9 p.m. (check local listings)

Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer’s Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.   


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