“Walt & El Grupo is a deceptively complex film, a simple travelogue-cum-historical documentary about one of the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century that unfolds into a deeply felt meditation on subjects as disparate as the price of fame, the history of globalization, and the complex processes through which art is created. It is a thoughtful and perfectly realized film.

Max Burke, Indie Express

“Watching Walt & El Grupo leaves one magically enveloped in a bygone era.” 

Sadaf Saddique, San Francisco International Film Festival

“A documentary about Walt Disney that may surprise you.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“A fascinating glimpse through time and of a little known US diplomatic effort that had a profound and long-term effect on foreign relations in our hemisphere.”

Herb Krohn, Seattle Gay News

“Chronicled with such anecdotal interest and loving detail that it's impossible not to get caught up in it.”

William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A film of intimacy, charm, and historical acuity, Walt & El Grupo weaves these details together to reveal a legendary artist during one of his most trying times.”

Stan Shields, Seattle International Film Festival

“…a gentle reflection pitting the transitory aspects of life against the more enduring ones.  The conclusions are not as obvious as one might expect.”

Daniella Thompson, Musica Brasilensis

“A masterpiece, and not only from the point of view of a Disney fan.  It is, by far, one of the most significant films that I have ever witnessed.”

Bruno Rodrigues, Animation-Animagic, Brazil

“…a compelling story of one of Hollywood’s most indelible figures told with grace and style.”

“’Walt & El Grupo’ is the best kind of labor of love.  A documentary made with affection and intelligence, it looks at a brief episode in the life of a cultural icon and uses it to illuminate what turns out to be a telling moment in time and in the process shed some light on the man himself.”

ON RADIO
NPR “All Things Considered”, Bob Mondello
KPCC “Film Week” for September 11, 2009
NPR “Tell Me More”, Mandalit del Barco interviews director Ted Thomashttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112647799http://www.scpr.org/programs/filmweek/2009/09/11/filmweek-for-september-11-2009/http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=46&prgDate=9-17-2009shapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2

“At a time when Hollywood doesn't remember last year, is obsessed with the bottom line and is run by men who often have no sense of history, "Walt & El Grupo" evokes a better time.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times