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PBS Unveils In-Depth Look at Walt Disney in 4-Hour Documentary

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | September 14, 2015

PBS Unveils In-Depth Look at Walt Disney in 4-Hour Documentary

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It’s easy to forget where all the enchantment came from when you enter Disneyland or meander about the Magic Kingdom. Thankfully, PBS is helping to settle that with a documentary focused on pioneer Walt Disney.

Those intrigued by the life and times of one of America’s most iconic innovators can tune into PBS on Monday and Tuesday at 9/8c to watch “Walt Disney,” a documentary that serves as one part of the network’s American Experience series.

Its website explains, “Featuring rarely seen footage from the Disney archive, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers, animators and artists who worked on his early films, as well as the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality, this two-night, four-hour film reveals the makings of the man who would leave an indelible mark on our nation’s cultural history.”

The following trailer offers some insight into what audiences can expect:

Now, this will hardly be a whimsical look at Disney with little in the way of nuanced observations and discussion.

According to the following video with Executive Producer Mark Samels, Disney allowed the American Experience and PBS crew to delve into Disney’s life with no editorial input from the corporation that now bears his name.

If ever there were an objective glimpse at the man’s life, this promises to be it:

As Samels explains, Disney has touched a wide swath of the American pop culture, which includes film, television and amusement park fare.

Millions have entered various parks that began long ago with an optimistic vision for an all-encompassing empire.

From Main Street to your living room, Disney has indeed been at the very least a small part of all our lives.

PBS will now take a historic look back at that life, hopefully illustrating how we got to where we are.

From black and white animation to future “Star War” movies, this is the spark that ignited brilliance that shows no sign of slowing down.


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