The day has finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! KVibe Productions’ very own feature full-length film Walt Before Mickey, directed by our founder Khoa Le, was released on iTunes today and is available for pre-order on Amazon.
If you didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters, the film stars Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year, American Pie series) as Walt Disney and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, The Benchwarmers) as his brother Roy and portrays a period of the iconic dreamer’s life that not many know much about.
And if you did get a chance to see it, now you can relive the experience all over again in the comfort of your own home! Read on to learn a little more about the story of Walt Before Mickey and the production process, which has a story all its own.
The Story Behind Walt Before Mickey
While most Disney biographies begin after he created Mickey Mouse when his empire began rapidly forming, this film, based on the book Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928, takes place mostly in the ten years before Disney created the Mickey Mouse character, during a time when Disney started his first animation studio in Kansas City before moving to Los Angeles and forming Disney Brothers with his brother Roy.
That was one of the main attractions of the project to us as storytellers, to get the chance to show people a different side of such a legend, because it was also during this time that it seemed that whenever Disney found any kind of success, he was confronted with a new obstacle, whether it was employees abandoning him, investors betraying him, etc., yet he kept pushing on.
And the film’s production was fittingly rife with obstacles as well. KVibe Productions’ founder Khoa Le was called in to take over directorial duties fairly late in the production process after most of the original crew had abandoned the project. He and the rest of the cast & crew had to figure out a way to put the pieces back together.
Yet somehow, some way, they kept moving forward and now, here we are. All of us here at KVibe are extremely proud of everyone who had a part in the telling of this incredible story and we’re very happy to be able to present it to you now on iTunes or on DVD through Amazon.
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 video, a commercial, or a feature film, at KVibe, we create to inspire.