Movies Made in Florida
Walt Before Mickey (2015)
Premieres in Orlando at Downtown Disney
August 14, 2015
In South Florida Theaters:
September 4, 2015
Run Time: 2hrs.
MPAA Rated: PG (For Period Smoking Throughout, Mild Thematic Elements and Language)
Production Co: The Dreamer Movie, LLC (This company is not associated with the Walt Disney Company.)
Filming Locations: DeLand and Tampa Florida U.S.A.
Directors: Khoa Le & Ari Taub
Writers: Arthur L. Bernstein & Armando Gutierrez
“Walt Before Mickey” is based on the book “Walt Before Mickey” by Timothy Susanin with foreword by Diane Disney Miller.
Thomas Ian Nicholas as Walt Disney
Jon Heder as Roy Disney
Jody Sweetin as Charlotte Disney
David Henrie as Rudy Ising
Armando Gutierrez as Ub Iwerks
Conor Dubin as Charles Mintz
Ayla Kell as Bridgit
Hunter Gomez as Hugh Harman
Taylor Gray as Friz Freleng
Flora Bonfanti as Margaret Winkler
Kate Katzman as Lillian Disney
Sheena Colette as Dessie
Owen Teague as Young Walt
Jeremy Palko as Older Walt Pfeiffer
Tamela D’Amico as Mrs. Doyle
Tara Price as Madeline(as Amber Sym)
Lance Tafelski as Dramatic Performer
Donn Lamkin as Elias Disney
Arthur Bernstein as Frank Newman
Frank Licari as George Winkler
Kate Katzman as Lilian Disney
Briana Colman as Ruth Disney
Natasha Sherritt as Edna Disney
Jamie Suraci as Jacqueline
“Walt Before Mickey”, an inspiring and heartwarming biographical film that chronicles Walt Disney‘s early years, and career leading up to his visionary creation of Mickey Mouse, opens to South Florida audiences on September 4, 2015.
“Walt Before Mickey reminds us all that with enough passion, determination, and perseverance, anything is possible,” said Arthur L. Bernstein, co-writer and producer. “We hope to share the story about Walt Disney’s early years that few knew with candor and humor.”
Written and produced by South Florida residents and natives, Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez, Walt Before Mickey is a PG-rated independent movie filmed entirely in Florida starring Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) as Walt Disney, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as Roy Disney, Jodie Sweetin (Full House) as Charlotte Disney and David Henrie (Wizard of Waverly) as Rudy Ising.
Based on the book Walt Before Mickey, the film covers the early years of Walt Disney's life and career. From Disney's early childhood in Marceline, Missouri the story begins with his obsessive ambition to be an artist. Pursuing his goal as a young adult he opens his first business, the animation company Laugh O Gram Studios in Kansas City. He brings together his Dream Team of friends and talented artists who support him through his ever-growing struggles in a burgeoning industry. As the first employer to give women an opportunity in the animation world, his fortitude and sense of decency shine through even his darkest hours. Not the best money manager, Disney faces mounting bills, bill collectors, process servers and ultimately his fear of failure… all the while remembering the words spoken to him as a young boy by his father, “Always finish what you started and anything worth doing is worth doing well!”
The film details Disney's struggle to succeed after repeated failures and obstacles, his close relationship with his brother, finding his one true love and ultimately his determination to pursue his dream. We see how he realizes that “dreams don’t come true without a lot of hope and failure” and how this determination leads him to create the character Mickey Mouse, putting him on the map and into the history books.
Walt Before Mickey premieres in Orlando at Downtown Disney on August 14 and opens in South Florida on September 4 at Silverspot Cinema in Coconut Creek and Naples; AMC Aventura 24; Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale; Movies of Delray Beach and Lake Worth; Downtown at the Gardens 16 in Palm Beach Gardens; and Cobb Dolphin 19 in Miami.
For more information visit www.WaltBeforeMickey.com.
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