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Walt Disney -- hero or villain? A PBS documentary tries for a balanced portrait

Walt Disney -- hero or villain? A PBS documentary tries for a balanced portrait

Nearly 50 years after his death, Walt Disney remains a divisive figure. That 20-foot berm separating Disneyland visitors from the messy realities of the outside world might as well be the wall that divides the true believers in Disney's innovative magic and those who find his creative output — the movies, the theme parks, the merchandising, that damn mouse — to be mainstream, cornball and sanitized.

Increasingly, though, there's a third group — a younger generation unaware that Disney actually existed as a flesh-and-blood historical figure.

"You talk to teenagers and they think Walt Disney's a brand, like Apple," says Neal Gabler, author of the 2007...

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