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Walt Disney

Updated on September 18, 2009

Walt Disney, The Man

Walt Disney's work has had such an impact on the world that the mention of his name brings thoughts of animated movies, fantastic theme parks, and a certain superstar mouse, and it is easy to forget that behind the empire was a man with a vision. This lens takes a look at that man.

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Walt Disney

  1. He is not frozen. His body was cremated, and his ashes are interred at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, near his studio.
  2. Mickey Mouse's original name allegedly was Mortimer but Disney's wife Lillian objected because she thought it too "sissified."
  3. Some of the names originally considered for the dwarfs in Snow White were: Deafy, Dirty, Awful, Blabby,

Burpy, Gabby, Puffy, Stuffy, Nifty, Tubby, Biggo Ego, Flabby, Jaunty, Baldy, Lazy, Dizzy, Cranky and Chesty.

Walt Disney suffered a nervous breakdown in 1931 and descended into depression after the war, concentrating his attention on model trains rather than on motion pictures.Fantasia was the result of a chance meeting between Walt Disney and symphony conductor Leopold Stokowski at Chasen's restaurant.During World War II the Disney studio became a war factory with well over 90% of its production in the service of government training, education and propaganda films.The studio stopped production for six months on Pinocchio because Walt felt the title character wasn't likable enough. During this time he devised the idea of introducing Jiminy Cricket as Pinocchio's conscience.Walt Disney received more Academy Awards than any other individual - 32.Disney modeled Mickey Mouse on Charlie Chaplin and that Chaplin later assisted the Disneys by loaning them his financial books so they could determine what kind of proceeds they should be getting from their distributor on Snow White.MGM head Louis B. Mayer once rejected the opportunity to distribute Mickey Mouse cartoons shortly after Walt had invented the character because Mayer said that pregnant women would be frightened by a giant mouse on screen.Source

Vintage Video Clips from Walt Disney Productions

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      He was really awesome!

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      A truly awe inspiring individual! We are also a big Disney family and are constantly amazed at the marvels of Disney World...and all started by a mouse! :-)

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      sunnyflower32 7 years ago

      im doing a research paper on him now;) love everything about him soo far that I have found out ;)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Im doing areport on him!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: im doing a research paper on him!!

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      MissBuffySpears 8 years ago

      I did a speech about him in my speech class in college. He is a cool guy.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hey i'm doing my project on him! he totaly revolutionized entertainmet. if it wasn't for him we would have half of the movie we do now.. lol.

      but if u guys have any information on walt disney.. please reply... my project requires a great deal of information.. i mean ALOT!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i'm doing a research project on him cause i'm intrested in him

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      Love the trivia. Great job!

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      ElenaFraga 9 years ago

      Walt Disney Has been one of My INSPIRING HEROES since I was about 5 Years Old. The reason is quite Obvious. That wonderful Man Had the capacity and the Vision to Make Millions of People Happy throughout the years, and He made a Profitable Empire around that Goal.

      Helping People feel Happy living Great Moments and Making Money at the Same Time is my Goal too!!!!!

      I will Have This wonderful man as one of my HEROES forever

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      rejoicemusic 10 years ago

      Excellent lens on an interesting person. 5 stars for you! Patrice

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      Aika 10 years ago

      I always salute this great man. He made a history in entertainment industry. 5 stars from a fan!

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      Nice tribute to one of my favorite men.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Welcome to the SquidWho Businesses and their Corporate Executives Group - Kathy

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      GannonBeck 10 years ago

      Nicely done. For anyone who is interested, the Neal Gabler book is fantastic. I illustrate military logos for a living and was surpised to find out that the Disney company did 1200 during WW II. He set the tone for military cartooning and influenced my own art. I owe him my thanks.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Excellent choice for a SquidWho lens! Well done! - Kathy

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      rksmythe lm 10 years ago

      Very nice lens! Walt was a ground breaker thanks for doing a SquidWho lens on him.