33 Facts About Walt Disney

1. Walt Disney shares more details on new Coronado Springs-area hotel tower.

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2. Walt Disney fans cheer as Mickey Mouse roars to 90th birthday.

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3. Walt Disney has become the cultural icon for entertainment throughout the world.

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4. Walt Disney was an American businessman, animator, voice actor, producer and cartoonist, creating the well-loved cartoon character—Micky Mouse.

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5. Walt Disney released a promo video for Star Wars: Rise of the.

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6. Walt Disney remains the central figure in the history of animation.

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7. Walt Disney distanced himself from the Motion Picture Alliance in the 1950s.

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8. Walt Disney donated regularly to Jewish charities, he was named "1955 Man of the Year" by the B'nai B'rith chapter in Beverly Hills, and his studio employed a number of Jews, some of whom were in influential positions.

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9. Walt Disney was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1986, the California Hall of Fame in December 2006, and was the inaugural recipient of a star on the Anaheim walk of stars in 2014.

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10. In February 1960, Walt Disney was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame with two stars, one for motion pictures and the other for his television work; Mickey Mouse was given his own star for motion pictures in 1978.

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11. Walt Disney received 59 Academy Award nominations, including 22 awards: both totals are records.

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12. Walt Disney provided four exhibits for the 1964 New York World's Fair, for which he obtained funding from selected corporate sponsors.

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13. From the early to mid-1950s, Walt Disney began to devote less attention to the animation department, entrusting most of its operations to his key animators, the Nine Old Men, although he was always present at story meetings.

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14. Walt Disney was less involved than he had been with previous pictures because of his involvement in his first entirely live-action feature, Treasure Island, which was shot in Britain, as was The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952).

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15. In early 1950, Walt Disney produced Cinderella, his studio's first animated feature in eight years.

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16. In 1948, Walt Disney initiated a series of popular live-action nature films, titled True-Life Adventures, with Seal Island the first; the film won the Academy Award in the Best Short Subject category.

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17. Walt Disney won another Honorary Academy Award, which consisted of one full-sized and seven miniature Oscar statuettes.

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18. In 1933, Walt Disney produced The Three Little Pigs, a film described by the media historian Adrian Danks as "the most successful short animation of all time".

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19. Walt Disney asked Powers for an increase in payments for the cartoons.

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20. Walt Disney declined Mintz's ultimatum and lost most of his animation staff, except Iwerks, who chose to remain with him.

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21. Walt Disney found out that Universal owned the intellectual property rights to Oswald.

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22. In February 1928, Walt Disney hoped to negotiate a larger fee for producing the Oswald series, but found Mintz wanting to reduce the payments.

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23. Early in 1925, Walt Disney hired an ink artist, Lillian Bounds.

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24. In July 1924 Walt Disney hired Iwerks, persuading him to relocate to Hollywood from Kansas City.

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25. Walt Disney studied Paul Terry's Aesop's Fables as a model, and the first six "Laugh-O-Grams" were modernized fairy tales.

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26. Walt Disney became interested in animation, although he preferred drawn cartoons such as Mutt and Jeff and Koko the Clown.

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27. Walt Disney returned to Kansas City in October 1919, where he worked as an apprentice artist at the Pesmen-Rubin Commercial Art Studio.

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28. Walt Disney enrolled at McKinley High School and became the cartoonist of the school newspaper, drawing patriotic pictures about World War I; he took night courses at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

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29. Walt Disney began to develop an ability to work with watercolors and crayons.

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30. Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901, at 1249 Tripp Avenue, in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood.

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31. Walt Disney was a heavy smoker throughout his life, and died of lung cancer in December 1966 before either the park or the EPCOT project were completed.

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32. As the studio grew, Walt Disney became more adventurous, introducing synchronized sound, full-color three-strip Technicolor, feature-length cartoons and technical developments in cameras.

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33. Born in Chicago in 1901, Walt Disney developed an early interest in drawing.

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