The Imagineering Story

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The Imagineering Story
The Imagineering Story titlecard.jpg
GenreDocumentary
Created byLeslie Iwerks
Written byMark Catalena
Directed byLeslie Iwerks
Narrated byAngela Bassett
Composer(s)Jeffrey Kryka
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Leslie Iwerks
Producer(s)Michael E. Tang
Editor(s)
  • Mark Catalena
  • Mo Stoebe
  • Ian Arthur
Production company(s)Iwerks & Co.
DistributorDisney Media Distribution
Release
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseNovember 12 (2019-11-12) –
December 13, 2019 (2019-12-13)

The Imagineering Story is a 2019 documentary web television series created, directed and executive produced by Leslie Iwerks. The series is focused on Walt Disney Imagineering and takes an in depth-look at the history and creation of the Disney theme parks and attractions around the world.[1] The series premiered on Disney+ at the launch date of November 12, 2019.[2]

Production[edit]

Originally announced as a feature documentary in 2013, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that the film was being revamped as a series of six one-hour episodes for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. In April 2019, the series was formally announced.[3][4] In August 2019, it was announced that Angela Bassett will be narrating the series.[5]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Happiest Place on Earth"[6]Leslie IwerksMark CatalenaNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)
Focuses on the creation and evolution of Disneyland and its attractions up until Walt Disney's death, as well as Imagineering's involvement with the 1964 New York World's Fair.
2"What Would Walt Do?"[6]Leslie IwerksMark CatalenaNovember 15, 2019 (2019-11-15)
Topics covered include Roy Disney's supervision over the construction and opening of Walt Disney World and Magic Kingdom, the subsequent conception of Epcot Center, and the first international expansion with Tokyo Disneyland.
3"The Midas Touch"[7]Leslie IwerksMark CatalenaNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Topics covered include Michael Eisner and Frank Wells' takeover of Disney, the addition of Disney-MGM Studios, the building and initial failure of Euro Disneyland, and Wells' death.
4"Hit or Miss"[7]Leslie IwerksMark CatalenaNovember 29, 2019 (2019-11-29)
Topics covered include the success of Disney Cruise Line, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Tokyo DisneySea; the unrealized projects of Disney's America and WestCOT; and the failures of Disney's California Adventure, Walt Disney Studios Park, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
5"A Carousel of Progress"[7]Leslie IwerksMark CatalenaDecember 6, 2019 (2019-12-06)
Topics covered include Bob Iger stepping in as CEO, the overhaul of California Adventure, the creation of Cars Land, the revamping of classic Disney attractions such as Haunted Mansion Holiday, adding Jack Sparrow to Pirates of the Caribbean, and the initial outcry of the adding Disney characters to the Disneyland version of "it's a small world", the creation of Mystic Manor, Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, and the announcement of Shanghai Disneyland.
6"To Infinity and Beyond"[7]Leslie IwerksMark CatalenaDecember 13, 2019 (2019-12-13)
Topics range from the groundbreaking of Shanghai Disneyland, Pandora - The World of Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and future upcoming projects.

Release[edit]

The Imagineering Story premiered on November 12, 2019, on Disney+, in the United States.[8]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating for the series with an average rating of 6.88/10, based on 9 reviews.[9] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Disney Original Show Reviews". DTCI Media. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Imagineering Story Media Kit". DTCI Media. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Trailer For Leslie Iwerks' Documentary About Walt Disney Imagineering". DTCI Media. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "Walt Disney Imagineering TV Show Heading to Disney+". Slashfilm. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "Angela Bassett to Narrate Disney+ Docuseries 'The Imagineering Story' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Yamanaka, Jeanine (November 11, 2019). "Review: Disney+ Originals: "The Imagineering Story"". AllEars.net. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "The Imagineering Story – Media Kit". Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International Media Center. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Details Revealed on 'The Imagineering Story' Documentary Coming to Disney+". io9.gizmodo.com. April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Imagineering Story: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "The Imagineering Story – TV Show Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 30, 2019.

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