If you saw haven’t seen it yet, Walt Before Mickey, KVibe’s feature film directed by founder Khoa Le, will be available on Amazon on December 8th, and if you have seen it, now you can be inspired all over again in the comfort of your own living room!
The film chronicles an earlier period in the legendary icon’s life, before all the movies, merchandise, and amusement parks, and believe it or not, all that almost never came to fruition.
That’s what makes the film so special to us and, we hope, that’s what makes watching it such a special experience for viewers. This part of Disney’s life was filled with rejection, failure, and betrayal, yet just enough determination, passion, and love to push through it all.
Read on to learn a little more about the story of Walt Before Mickey and the long road that was the production process, which wasn’t without its own share of bumps.
What’s Walt Before Mickey about?
The film is based on the book, Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928, and although you do learn a little about Disney as a child, it’s set mostly in the ten years before the creation of Mickey Mouse, just like the book and hence the title.
During this time, Disney started his first animation studio in Kansas City before moving to Los Angeles and forming Disney Brothers with his brother Roy. And as you can see in the film, it seemed that every time Disney found success in this period of his life, he was confronted with a new obstacle, whether it came in the form of employees abandoning him, investors betraying him, etc.
Most Disney biographies begin after he created Mickey because that’s when his empire began rapidly forming, but not this film, and as filmmakers and storytellers, we jumped at the opportunity to shed some light on a dimmer, and at times downright darker, part of the icon’s life.
Rejected, betrayed, broke, scared…these are not traits you tend to associate with the man who created and presided over an entire kingdom, but there were times when he was all those things, yet he kept moving forward and, eventually, made all his dreams come true.
It’s been a long road…
Like mentioned at the top, the production of Walt before Mickey wasn’t without its own obstacles and challenges. KVibe founder and director Khoa Le was called in to take the helm after most of the original crew abandoned the project, and things were looking pretty grim.
Yet cast & crew banded together and found a way to inject the production with the necessary energy and enthusiasm to get the job done, and all of us here at KVibe are extremely proud of everyone who had a part in the telling of this incredible story.
We were ecstatic when the film opened this past August in Downtown Disney and sold out show after show, which you can read about here, ‘Walt Before Mickey’ Opening a Bona Fide Success!, and we’re proud to now be able to present Walt before Mickey to you on DVD.
About KVibe Productions: A full-service film & video production company in NJ / NY, KVibe can handle every aspect of the production process. Whether it’s a corporate or commercial video production, a feature film, a music video, etc., KVibe creates to inspire.