Over the past year or so, I've been watching more and more Disney documentaries. I must say, each one of them has been absolutely spectacular and any Disney fan should watch them:
Walt: The Man Behind The Myth- great documentary about Walt and many of his creative decisions. Very neat archival footage and interviews with many Disney Legends including Buzz Price, John Hench, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston, Marty Sklar, Marc Davis, Roy E. Disney, Bruce Gordon, and many more. Great, in depth look on Walt's life.
The PIXAR Story- Fascinating and inspiring film about the start and success of PIXAR. The film is narrated by John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, and Bob Iger. Not only informs about the history of PIXAR, but also has great interviews and gives an in depth look into the making of many of the PIXAR films.
Waking Sleeping Beauty- Outstanding documentary about the failure of Disney animation in the late 70s/early 80s and how they turned it around and created The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the Lion King. It's narrated by Don Hahn, producer of BatB and TLK, and has many interviews with Roy E. Disney, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Eisner, Peter Schnieder, and Glen Keane. Very inspiring and gives a great sense of how the company was run at the time.
the boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story- One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It was produced by Richard and Robert Sherman's sons Jeff and Greg. The film has many happy and uplifting parts, but it is very much an in depth look at Dick and Bob's strained relationship. If you have ever heard a Sherman Brothers' song (it's a small world, Tiki Room, Mary Poppins score and all the songs in the film, Jungle Book score and songs, etc....) I highly highly recommend you watch this film. Marvelous!
This week, another called "Frank and Ollie" is arriving at my house, which is a look at the professional and personal lives of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, 2 of Disney's Nine Old Men.
So these are my reviews and opinions..... as if any of you care haha