A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bond between parent and child. Help others in need. Kids may consider careers such as animator, amusement park owner, and cartoon filmmaker.
Positive Role Models
Walt Disney is an Oscar-winning animator and film and TV producer who also created iconic cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, as well as entertainment amusement parks. Diane Disney Miller, the eldest daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, is also a philanthropist who supports the legacy of her dad as the founder of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California. Mary Blair is a pioneer woman animator at the Walt Disney Company and is involved in the design of films such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp.
Mostly White kids, teens, and young and older adults. Representations include families at Disneyland; individuals from countries around the world participate in Disneyland's Christmas parade; and White animator Walt Disney and his team visit South America and are inspired to create the films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.
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Violence & Scariness
War, flooding of a residential community, slapstick violence by cartoon characters, and falls by skiers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Marriages of Walt and Lillian Disney and Diane Disney and Ron Miller, and romantic relationships featured in animated and live-action films.
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"Dumb" used as a derogatory term.
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Products & Purchases
Apparel with logos and messages, toys, holiday gifts, sponsorship advertisement, camera equipment, ski gear, and Academy Award statutes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas with Walt Disney is a documentary about the award-winning animator's legacy and time spent with family and fans during the holiday season. Images and references include war, flooding of a residential community, slapstick violence by cartoon characters, falls by skiers, and pipe smoking. The word "dumb" is used as a derogatory term. The bond between parent and child and the promotion of the Disney entertainment brand are the documentary's dominant themes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful vintage holiday treat highlights the family life of Walt Disney. "He was a wonderful dad," recalls daughter Diane in Christmas with Walt Disney. "He was so affectionate." For the Disneys, explains Diane, "Christmas morning was always very, very special, very exciting and full of beauty and wonderment." There's a home movie of 1-year-old Diane "surrounded by wind-up toys," she says, "and all kinds of things."
At age 7, Diane gets a real watch from Walt with the engraved message 'To Diane, From Daddy.' She and her younger sister Sharon also receive a kid's playhouse that has running water and a telephone that rings. Santa Claus gives the siblings a call and asks how they like their playhouse. Diane admits that the playhouse was something that they "loved" for years. Families can add Christmas with Walt Disney to their holiday movie list as another festive Disney film to watch and discuss.
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