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Documentary about the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Part One explores Disney's early days, from Mickey Mouse through to the triumph of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Documentary about the life and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring archival footage only recently released from the Disney vaults, alongside scenes from some of his greatest films and the sketches from which they were created.

Those who helped turn his dreams into reality - his friends, family, animators and designers - reveal the real man behind the legend. They disclose the previously unknown processes, single-mindedness and sometimes sheer unpleasantness and discrimination that lay behind his seemingly effortless masterpieces.

Through bankruptcy, strikes, great risk and more, Disney's refusal to accept failure and his determined pursuit of his creative vision produced cartoons and movies that would define an entire industry. Both an inspiring story and a cautionary tale about the price of ambition, this film offers an unprecedented look at the man who created a world and built an empire.

Part one explores Disney's early days, when he created Mickey Mouse, through to the triumph of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film.

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Mon 28 Jan 2019 22:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:46

    Paul J. Smith

    Magic Mirror

    Composer: Larry Morey. Composer: Leigh Harline. Composer: Frank Churchill.
  • 00:46

    Paul J. Smith

    Hooray! She Stays

    Composer: Larry Morey. Composer: Leigh Harline. Composer: Frank Churchill.
  • 00:47

    Paul J. Smith

    I've Been Tricked

    Composer: Larry Morey. Composer: Leigh Harline. Composer: Frank Churchill.
  • 00:49

    Paul J. Smith

    Love's First Kiss (Finale)

    Composer: Larry Morey. Composer: Leigh Harline. Composer: Frank Churchill.
  • 00:55

    Cliff Edwards

    When You Wish Upon a Star

  • 00:56

    Cliff Edwards & Dickie Jones

    Give A Little Whistle

  • 00:56

    Paul J. Smith

    The Blue Fairy Arrives

    Composer: Leigh Harline.
  • 00:57

    Paul J. Smith

    Deep Ripples

    Composer: Leigh Harline.
  • 00:57

    Leigh Harline

    Monstro Awakens

  • 00:58

    Leigh Harline

    Transformation

  • 00:58

    Cliff Edwards & Disney Studio Chorus

    A Real Boy

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Sarah Colt
Executive Producer Mark Samels

Broadcasts

BBC Radio 4: Great Lives - Walt Disney

BBC Radio 4: Great Lives - Walt Disney

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