Walt Before Mickey

2015

Biography / Drama

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IMDb Rating 5.9 10 5762

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Cast

Owen Teague as Young Walt
Jon Heder as Roy Disney
Thomas Ian Nicholas as Walt Disney
Jodie Sweetin as Charlotte Disney

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by alouez 2 / 10

trying to find something good about this movie

Not to put too fine a point on it- this is one of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time.

I wish I could get back the $ I spent to watch this on OnDemand. The acting is painful, the pacing is leaden, and the dialogue reminds one of that written for the sixth grade Christmas play. I dozed off several times and didn't even miss anything.

About the only praise I can come up with is that the cast are pretty much all really good looking. And the guys who play the supporting team of animators in the early incarnation of the Disney studios work very hard and almost succeed in making their scenes compelling. But it's not enough to overcome either the uninspired earnestness of the guy playing Walt Disney, or the atrocious dialogue. Every scene drags. Every. Scene. It very much screamed 'inexperienced director'.

There is a good story lurking underneath here. But it's not told in this particular film. It's especially egregious that they gloss over the fundamental dishonesty of a man who lies to and manipulates his employees to keep them churning out work, with the goal of achieving his own dream. It's not an admirable thing to steal work from an employee- particularly when it's being made clear that those employees are suffering as a result. A skilled filmmaker could have drawn drama out of this scenario; a lot could have been made of the irony of a man trampling all before him to bring the world... Mickey Mouse.

Hopefully, this story will someday get the treatment it deserves. It does not get it here. Which is unfortunate, because apparently most of those involved in this project were also the ones bankrolling it, and they all seem like nice people.

Reviewed by paul-allaer 6 / 10

A Disney-approved look at the early life of Walt Disney

"Walt Before Mickey" (2015 release; 110 min.) is a look at Walt Disney's early years, in particular the decade between 1919 and 1929. As the movie opens, we see a 7 yr. old Walt in rural Missouri, with a stern father. As a 13 yr. old, Walt officially becomes interested in animation, and we swiftly move on to 1919, when Walt moves to Kansas City and starts his first company "Laugh-O-Gram". At this point we are 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is the movie adaptation of the book of the same name by Timothy Susanin (and a foreword by Diane Disney Miller). I have not read the book and so cannot comment how closely the movie sticks to the book (I'm guessing, very closely). I don't want to overstate this, but at the same time don't want to not mention it, namely that this movie comes with the official Disney stamp of approval. That could be a good thing, although the downside of this is that there isn't the slightest negative thing about Walt Disney in this movie. I mean, to accept this movie as 100% true, Walt Disney had to have been a living saint. It even goes so far that at the end of the movie, when we are informed what would become of many of the characters featured in this,, it states "Walt never held a grudge against Charles Mintz". (You need to see the movie to fully understand how badly Mintz treated Disney...) As to the acting performances, I felt many of them were quite 'wooden', you can tell they are literally 'acting'. Thomas Ian Nicholas (best known from the American Pie franchise) tries to make the most of it, but even he cannot save the movie. Bottom line, I was disappointed with the second rate quality and overall feel of the movie, like this was a TV Movie of the Week, directed by a first time feature-length director (in this case: Khoa Le). Is there a great story to be told? Absolutely! But it won't be found in this movie, unfortunately.

The movie opened this past weekend and the matinée screening where I saw this at was attended very nicely, somewhat to my surprise, since this movie has not gotten much of an advertising push or anything. Seems that people really do want to find out more about the early life of the American icon that is Walt Disney. Surely Walt deserved a better movie than this. "Walt Before Mickey" is strictly for Disney fans, and even then, viewer beware!

Reviewed by lizzymcowan 6 / 10

Not good... but not crap

The heart of the story was there, but however, the way the story was presented was not. It felt like a cheap Hallmark movie. Even though the shots were fine, the direction the actors were forced to take, the movie score, and the desperate attempt to make you feel emotion was VERY cringe worthy. That's something the story should do itself. Throughout the film, the movie continually tried to squeeze some 'inspirational' piece of crap, line of dialogue to pull at your heartstrings, and it ultimately failed. The movie took me two days to watch because I was so bored 75% through the film that I couldn't finish it in one sitting. That is a movie sin that even God can't forgive. If you can't entertain the viewer, why are you making films? The movie was released in 2015 and it just so happened that I came across it on Netflix. I wondered why I never heard of it, but now I know. I don't recommend this film on any scale, but because I'm a fan of accuracy, I feel it's the only redeeming quality of this film. 6/10, just below average.

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