I got a press release today about an event this Friday, January 15th, in Kansas City that every Disney fan in the area should attend. I certainly wish that I could make it!
Local group Thank You, Walt Disney is holding a fundraising event and special premiere screening of Ted Thomas’s documentary Walt and El Grupo, which tells the story of the Disney Studios goodwill trip to South American in 1941. Even more exciting is that author J.B. Kaufman will be there to discuss his book, South of the Border with Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948, which came out last year. Kaufman gave a talk about the South America trip at the D23 Expo last September, and it was incredibly informative and highly enjoyable for this Disney fan. Kaufman will have copies of his book on hand at the Kansas City event, and will be autographing them for fans.
The screening takes place Friday, January 15, 2009 at the Screenland Theater. The address for the theater is 1656 Washington Street, Kansas City, MO 64108.
Doors will open at 6:30, with a pre-film talk by Kaufman. The screening will begin at 7:30.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Thank You, Walt Disney members, and $35 for a VIP admission ticket (which also gets you a Thank You Walt Disney poster). Tickets can be ordered here.
This is a great chance to learn about a fascinating time in Disney’s history and hear one of the best-respected Disney authors out there. Best of all, you’re helping out Thank You, Walt Disney. This fantastic group has dedicated themselves to preserving Walt’s legacy in Kansas City, and are working to save and restore the Laugh-O-grams Studios, Disney’s very first animation studio which they saved from collapse and demolition. I highly recommend you check out their website, subscribe to their newsletter, and buy a ticket if you’re in the area. Do it for Tommy Tucker’s Tooth!