American Experience

Interview: Walt Disney's America

Clip: Season 27 Episode 8 | 2m 8s

Media historian Susan Douglas explores how Walt Disney, through his television program and Disneyland, presented Americans with an idealized version of their country. "He's selling a version of America that's very flattering to the country," she says, "[But] it deludes you into thinking that there aren't problems that you have to confront." "Walt Disney" premieres Sep. 14 & 15 on PBS.

Aired: 09/14/15

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video? | Closed Captioning

Corporate sponsorship for American Experience is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Consumer Cellular. Major funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Sponsored By:

American Experience.

Explore Free Resources
She Resisted

Interactive

She Resisted

Celebrate the strategies and tactics of the movement in a new interactive experience. She Resisted explores the final decade of the women’s suffrage movement through its most powerful images, brought to life with color for the first time.

Explore