The Missing Disney Uncovered in El Grupo
TT: Yeah, well, you can say, blame it on Hitler. If there hadn't been a World War II, we'd be living in a different world and the Disney studio would've been different. I would say that the other big thing that struck me was how that generation, and, in particular, those people, reflected hard-nosed optimism. It's an optimism having lived through a lot of hard knocks and, in spite of it, they were very funny, upbeat people, in particular, when the world around them was going to hell in a hand basket. It makes for such a vivid contrast and made me reflect on our own time, too. And I draw certain inspiration from the way those people looked at the world, Walt, in particular. He says, "Well, you know, something good comes out of it -- you pick up the pieces and you go on." If you want to know what made him tick, I think that one sentence tells you.
BD: The movie reveals a very dramatic impact on the young Mary Blair and how it would shape her future work. What was the impact on your dad?
TT: I think that it made an impact on him on a people to people level in terms of how you stage an idea, communicate an idea, to go across cultures. What kind of business can you come up with to communicate who your character is?
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.