Top facts about Walt Disney!

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The deviser of our favourite cartoon character Mickey Mouse and founder of Disneyland, Walt Disney World was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 5, 1901. Walt Disney is a legend an undisputed a folk hero. His widespread popularity was based upon his creation and imagination which represents optimism and self-made success in the world. Fantasizing over Disney princess, Walt Disney has a great contribution in making our childhood green. He was the sole person in early 20th century who brought the magical world of cartoons to the kids of the era. On his birthday, let’s recount some of the most fascinating facts about the legend!

Who was Walt Disney?

Walt Disney began sketching as a cartoonist since a young age. Living in a farm of Missouri, he didn’t have many subjects to opt, but had a great interest in drawing cartoon pictures of his neighbor’s horses and other cattle’s. He was dropped out of school at the young age of 16 in hopes of joining the US Army. Though, he was rejected because of being underage, but got a chance to get a job as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross in France.

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Disney’s French family name was originally D’Isigny before being Anglicized to Disney.

Disney’s initial and first animation studio was named as Laugh-O-Gram. There he began telling modernized fairy tales based on Aesop’s Fables. Unfortunately the studio went bankrupt.

Do you know that Mickey Mouse wasn’t Disney’s first iconic character? The first cartoon character of Disney was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which was created while Disney was under contract with Universal Pictures.

Originally the Mickey Mouse was named as Mortimer Mouse, but Disney’s wife didn’t liked it as it sounds so pompous. She convinced Disney to change the rodent’s name to Mickey Mouse.

Since the birth of Mickey Mouse from 1928 until 1947, Disney was himself the voice behind the character Mickey.

Disney was determined on creating a feature-length animated Snow White film.  Though initially he was opposed by many of the people who doubt the idea. But after the release of the film all those people were proved fools as Snow White earned more than $8 million during its original release. Which if compared today would be equal to about $130 million.

Do you that Disney also created custom cartoon insignia for U.S. troops? He created the cartoon to boost morale in army and among the army men. Disney was a founder of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of Americans Ideals.

Disney was a pioneer for children’s television entertainment of course! He aired unique programs for children such as Zorro, Davy Crockett, and The Mickey Mouse Club.

The biggest achievement to Disney came in the form of Oscars. At the 1938 Oscars, Disney was presented with one normal-size statuette and seven miniature ones for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves! This was really something incredible and amazing!

Do you know that Disney’s favorite character wasn’t Mickey Mouse but it was Goofy!

Disney had big dreams of opening a theme park based on his creations. He achieved that dream with Disneyland and, after his death, Disney World.

A minor planet is named after Disney–4017 Disneya. It was discovered by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Karachkina in 1980. And you though Walt Disney is all about snow white?

Disney has a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, along with Mickey Mouse, who was the first animated character to receive one. This isn’t all, Disney once also played the role of Peter Pan in a school play.

The most mysterious part of Disney’s life was his final words which remains a bizarre mystery. On his deathbed, he wrote the name “Kurt Russell” on a piece of paper which even Kurt Russell himself is puzzled regarding the meaning.


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