PBS documentary on Walt Disney won't skirt darker side

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney was a filmmaking icon and entrepreneur who pioneered animation with his Mickey Mouse cartoons and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and started a family theme-park empire in 1955 with Disneyland. But behind the genius was someone more complex, whose shrewd business sense and small-town boy-made-good persona masked a flawed, sometimes unlikable figure, explored in PBS' four-hour American Experience documentary Walt Disney (Monday and Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT).

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:16 PM

This looks really interesting. I just set my DVR to record it!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:09 PM

Definitely looking forward to it. While obviously a somewhat fictionalized narrative, I really liked Saving Mr. Banks, because they showed just a little of Disney's "backstage" side, with the insistence to get his way, the smoking and drinking and such. It seems like now's a good time to do a biopic, before everyone who knew him is also dead.

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Monday, September 14, 2015 10:43 AM

Here's a preview of the show airing tonight:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365561393/

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