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Walt Disney: American Experience — The Man Behind the Magic

Many know Walt Disney through his classic films and cartoon counterpart Mickey Mouse, but who was the man behind the magic—the man who created some of the world’s most well-known characters? Explore the life and legacy of Walt Disney, one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers, in Walt Disney: American Experience. This four-hour, two-night film tells the story of the man who founded and built the iconic entertainment empire that still thrives today.

Walt Disney: American Experience explores not only the professional accomplishments that placed Disney ahead of the curve, but also his personal vices that would later take their toll. Featuring rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with animators and artists, this documentary aims to answer the question of who Disney really was.

Walt Disney: American Experience premieres Monday and Tuesday, September 14-15 at 9:00 p.m.

Watch a preview and read more, below:

Part One (1901-1941)

Part One explores the complex life and enduring legacy of the filmmaker, from his early days creating Mickey Mouse through the triumph of Snow White, his first full-length animated film. From the beginning, Disney’s work 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.

Part Two (1941-1966)

During this period, Disney continues to make enormously successful films, from Cinderella to Mary Poppins. He also realizes his dream of creating a make-believe world—where real people can have adventures—with the opening of Disneyland in 1955. At the same time, however, unions are gaining strength in Hollywood, and Disney is determined to fight back—a complex fight which eventually alienates him from the trusted artists and animators who helped him become so successful. By the 1960s, Disney was leading one of the world’s most profitable entertainment enterprises.


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