November 4, 2010

Rediscovering [Walt] Disney: Three New Documentaries

On November 30th Disney will release three new documentaries on DVD. For the casual fan or the serious Disneyphile this is a great way to discover some of the great stories from behind the scenes at Walt Disney Studios. Having purchased "Magic Kingdom Imagineering the Magic" while down in WDW in October I'm really looking forward to adding these three DVD's to our collection as well.

Here are the official synopses of each movie and the trailers for you to watch as well...
It was 1941, a critical time for the world and for the Walt Disney Studio. When the U.S. Government asked Disney to be a cultural ambassador to South America, the stage was set for Walt's very own real-life adventure. With a group of handpicked artists, later called 'El Grupo,' Disney's WWII road trip achieved the impossible: goodwill. And in the process paved the way for two classic Disney films, "Saludos Amigos" and "The Three Caballeros". Brought to life through rare footage and enriched with never-before-seen bonus features, "Walt & El Grupo" is a story of inspiration, joy and hope you won't soon forget.

Their music is unforgettable. Their name is legend. "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" is an intimate journey through the lives of Robert and Richard Sherman, the astoundingly prolific Academy Award®-winning songwriting team. While their songs, "A Spoonful Of Sugar (Mary Poppins)" and "I Want To Be Like You (Jungle Book)," to name a few, celebrated family entertainment and happy endings, their life together was not as harmonious. Go behind the scenes for a fascinating glimpse into how Walt Disney used the language of music to bring the brothers together, creating a cinematic legacy like no other. With insightful bonus features, "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" is a fascinating portrait of two immensely talented men who continue to enrich our lives.

Far from a fairytale, "Waking Sleeping Beauty" is an unprecedented eye-opening look at the conflict, drama and tension that ushered in the second chapter of Disney's animation legacy, a decade of unparalleled creativity that included "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty And The Beast", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King". Told by the people who were actually there: Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy E. Disney, John Lasseter and many more, "Waking Sleeping Beauty" is a behind-the-magic look at the people and circumstances that changed the face of animation forever.

Find these and more great Disney docs at: Disney Documentaires

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