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D23 Expo Exclusive: Leslie Iwerks Creating Documentary About Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on August 12th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


During a gathering of Disney fans at D23 Expo on August 10, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs premiered a trailer from an upcoming movie that explores the past, present and future of Walt Disney Imagineering by noted documentary filmmaker Leslie Iwerks. Ms. Iwerks comes from a family with deep Disney history — her grandfather was an early Disney animator and her father is a former Imagineer — and her previous work includes profiles of Pixar Animation Studios and visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is partnering with Leslie on this latest project that will explore in unprecedented depth the facts, faces and fantastic stories behind the magic of Disney Parks. The film is due for release in 2016, but you can view the trailer today below.

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Nathan on August 12th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

The video doesn’t work, it says “video is private.”

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Christina on August 12th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I’m getting the same error as Nathan. Will another video be uploaded for viewing? Thanks!

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PAUL on August 12th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I want to see the trailer, but the video does not seem to be working.

 

Erin Glover on August 12th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Christina, Nathan and Paul! It should be fixed now.

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PAUL on August 12th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

It is fixed and looks amazing, and with a 2016 release date, I am guessing there will be much more about this at d23 2015, which excites me because I plan to be there!!!!!

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Craig from AZ on August 12th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Three years for this to be released seems like a long time. But based off the awesome footage in that trailer, it looks to be very much worth the wait!

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Matthew on August 12th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I’ve read so many books on WED/Imagineering and Walt’s vision…can’t wait to finally see some of the words come to life!

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Gayle from IN on August 12th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Can’t wait! Loved the Pixar documentary!

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Melissa on August 12th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Leslie indeed has a rich Disney family heritage. I am excited to see this documentary especially after attending many panels this weekend that focused on our Disney Legends and our Imagineers at the D23 Expo! Thank you Leslie for creating this movie and thank you Erin for sharing.

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Brent on August 12th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

This looks lovely! Why did it take this long to make something like this? It’s gonna be a long 3 years waiting, hope a bunch more trailers/previews come to us WED fans until then.

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Lizette from CA on August 12th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

That is going to be a great movie!! Can’t wait!!

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Robert from UT on August 12th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

LIKE! LIKE! LIKE!!!!! 3 Years is a long time, but this footage looks amazing!!!

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Nate on August 12th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Wow! I can’t wait to see this movie!

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Fred from CA on August 12th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

This looks awesome! It should be very fascinating.

Like Gayle, I really enjoyed the Pixar documentary

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Teresa from HI on August 12th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Very excited to see this documentary in full! Loved “The Pixar Story”. Leslie Iwerks does an awesome job!

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Shane on August 12th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

2016?! That seems like an absurdly long time to wait for release.

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leanne on August 13th, 2013 at 8:25 am

This looks fabulous! WOW!

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leanne on August 13th, 2013 at 8:25 am

Will this be released in Australia?

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Jacqueline on August 13th, 2013 at 9:16 am

Hi Erin,

Thank you for sharing this exciting piece, I can’t wait to see this historical movie!
Best regards,

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Bob on August 13th, 2013 at 10:00 am

This looks ah-mazing. The trailer literally gave me chills. I can’t wait to see this and get more of an insight on the magic of Disney Imagineers. :D

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mike on August 13th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Erin,

Ms. Iwerks family has contributed more to the success of all things Disney than most will ever realize; her Grandfather especially. I’m happy to see her fine documentary skills continue with this film and can’t wait to see the finished work! It is great to see pieces like this that combine a look back at what was and show us visions of what will be.

Let us all remember and preserve Walt’s vision and help ensure that his legacy endures while building for tomorrow. Let us also remember all of those people that work in support of his dream. Ms. Iwerks documentary will certainly help!!

Arizona Mike

PS: The Expo was Fantasmic!!

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lisa from TN on August 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

2016? I can’t wait that long. Excited about the trailer.

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Shelly on August 14th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

As a mother of one of the imagineers I am always amazed at what these minds create!
I, like always, look forward to the future of Disney and Imagineering!

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Chris on August 16th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Just saw this. They should contact my dad, a retired Imagineer of 35 years. He’s still around and dates back to animating Mr. Lincoln. He retired in the mid 90′s.

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