by Jacki Mick
Last year, fans of Walt Disney got to see the animation king in all his 1960s glory in the film Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Earlier this week, the trailer for Walt Before Mickey was released, showing a pre-success Walt Disney during the '20s, when he attempted to start four separate animation studios. The film is based on Timothy Susanin's 2011 book Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928 and stars Thomas Ian Nichols as Walt, Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder as Roy Disney and Full House's Jodie Sweetin as their aunt, Charlotte.
Portions of the movie were filmed in DeLand, but that's not the only Central Florida connection in this upcoming film. Local actor Timothy Williams plays the part of Fred Harman, who once partnered with Walt Disney to open an animation studio.
The film hasn't been picked up for distribution yet, but producers are hopeful for a fall release. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer below: