Walter Elias Disney born in Chicago in the year 1901 is a pioneer of animation. This American Cartoonist is the reason for giving life to characters for famous stories like ‘Alice and Wonderland’, ‘The Peter Pan’, ‘The Jungle Book’. ‘The Robin Hood’, ‘The Lion King’ and so on. Of course, the plays and stories require the actual credit to their actual authors, but giving life to these characters in the form of cartoons is even worthy. Walt Disney is even more than Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and the very similar Pluto. Go on reading with some of the unknown facts of the world’s famous animator – Walt Disney.
Walt Disney – A High School Dropout:
Disney was eager to join the army when he was just sixteen years old. He left his schooling to give it a try. Unfortunately, he was being rejected for not fulfilling the minimum age requirement. It is also believed that he even forged his birth certificate to join the army. But all his attempts failed.
Disney – The Ambulance Driver:
Though all attempts to join army failed drastically, He, however, managed to get a job as an Ambulance driver with the Red Cross in France.
Walt Elias Disney: Actually fancied ‘The Peter Pan’
He was so fascinated with the character of Peter Pan in the novel ‘Peter Pan’ written by a Scottish novelist ‘J.M. Barrier. He was so fancied that he played the character of Peter Pan in a school play.
He sold Vacuum Cleaners:
Walt Disney along with his brother Roy O. Disney sold vacuum cleaners to make their living. Before beginning a career in animation. Roy was working as a salesperson and he even encouraged his brother Walt to do the same.
Oswald – the Lucky Rabbit was his first creation:
Mostly, everyone believes that it was the famous Mickey Mouse, that gave him fame. But, prior to the conceptualization of Mickey Mouse, it was Oswald – the Lucky Rabbit. During 1927, the Universal Studios gave a project to Walt to create a cartoon character. Walt along with his chief Animator Ub Iwerks created Oswald. It turned out to be monumental in the creation of cartoons and animations.
Walt was, of course, the man behind the mouse:
It was Disney who drew and gave mickey mouse a life. Though after 1928, Walt gave up drawing and sketching and focused more on the concept, screenplay, and direction. Thereafter, he stopped drawing Mickey and entrusted the work of drawing to other superior artists like Ub Iwerks. He didn’t even drew it in his theatrical releases but he drew Mickey only when his fans requested to draw as an autograph.
It was actually Mortimer Mouse and not Mickey Mouse:
Disney initially named the character as Mortimer Mouse. However, his wife Lillian Disney suggested that the name is changed to Mickey since the name Mortimer sounded pontificial. Disney however, used the name ‘Mortimer’ to Mickey’s antagonist in further shows.
He Chauffeured his Daughters:
Though he had drivers, service personnel and attendants at his disposal, he enamored great pleasure in driving his daughters to school daily. He spent his time in picking and dropping his daughters from school with delight.
Actually loved the little things of life:
This world-class animator found joy in little things of life. He enjoyed watching trains that passed by his house. A fancier of songs and music loved listening to songs. He loved listening to “Feed the birds” – his personal favorite and enjoyed watching his favorite character Goofy. Disney even boosted the morale by designing badges and emblems during the World War – II.
A Showman of the era, who pioneered the television entertainment through animations and cartoons. He created cartoons like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Oswald etc which became a household name. His films like ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘101 Dalmatians’ etc. gave immense joy to the young world. He dreamt of inventing a never seen before theme park and so he opened Disneyland. This revolutionary theme park which is world-wide famous for it’s it’s architectural excellence and visual delight is now called Disney World.
And some of his quotes that trigger Inspiration:
when you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them
the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
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