PBS will be airing a four-hour biography on Walt Disney called “Walt Disney” on September 14 and 15.
The segment will be part of PBS’s “American Experience” series and fans can expect to see scenes from Disney movies, archival footage from Disney vaults and several interviews with biographers, fellow animators and designers who worked with Walt to design Disneyland.
Speakers during the two part biography include Rolly Crump, Robert Givens, Don Lusk, Floyd Norman and Ruth Tompson. Other guests include Imagineer Marty Sklar; Disney producer Don Hahn; costume designer Alice Davis; music composer Richard Sherman and many more.
“Walt Disney is an entrepreneurial and cultural icon,” said AMERICAN EXPERIENCE executive producer Mark Samels. “No single figure shaped American culture in the 20th century more than he.”
In 1966, the year Walt Disney died, 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 100 million tuned in weekly to a Disney television program, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, and close to seven million visited Disneyland. Nearly fifty years later, his reach remains enormous. Few creative figures before or since have held such a long-lasting place in American life and popular culture.
The biography will be split into two parts. The first part airing on September 14 and then the second half airing on September 15 on PBS.