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Walt Disney Strange Facts & Trivia
Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time

Anthea Turner, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Susan Hampshire, Whoopi Goldberg, Thomas Edison, Henry Winkler, Cher, Brian Conley, and Leonardo DaVinci are, or were, dyslexic

He admitted to being "scared to death" when he had to face the camera to introduce episodes of the "Disneyland" television series

At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies

Walt Disney had originally suggested using the name Mortimer Mouse instead of Mickey Mouse

A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."

Stanford University engineers Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their company in a Palo Alto garage with $1,538. Their first product was an audio oscillator bought by Walt Disney studios for use in the movie Fantasia

In 1933, Kenz Masaoka produced "Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka," which was the first piece of anime to use synchronized sound, following Walt Disney's talkie "Steamboat Willie" by 4 years

Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations with sixty-four

An interesting fact about Walt Disney is that he was honored by having his picture on a six-cent United States commemorative postage stamp that was issued September 11, 1968

Walt Disney's first cartoon character was called Oswald the Rabbit

This statement is nothing more than a rumor that is still circulating around decades after Disney's death. According to, "his reputation as a technological innovator" probably fueled this story. After he died, Walt Disney's body was cremated. It was then interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California

Walt Disney who created mouse character as Mickey Mouse was afraid of mice

Walt Disney, who created the beloved "Mickey Mouse" character in 1928, and built the Disney Empire, won honorary degrees from several universities such as Yale, Harvard and UCLA

Walt Disney Pictures & Gallery






Walt Disney Family Museum

 On a wet weekend in San Francisco recently I visited the Walt Disney Family Museum which opened in the Presidio last year.  It's a very impressive, state of the art installation with oodles of interesting artifacts to offer animation fans.

[pic]Walt's childhood and family history is chronicled in fascinating detail. The Disney clan started in France then settled in Ireland before America.   Letters, photos & artifacts such as Walt's Dad's fiddle really bring alive the period young Walt grew up in.  His tough upbringing on a Kansas farm seemed to forge the man he would become-he reminisced about rising at 3am to do a paper round giving a sense of a work ethic instilled by his stern but loving father.

 There are fascinating photos of Walt's early animation days with Hugh Harman & Rudi Ising and an account of the fateful meeting with Ub Iwerks & their subsequent partnership. Supporting the history are dozens of tastefully chosen pieces of art from the Disney films; from original art from the Skeleton Dance and Steam Boat Willie,  through animation drawings of all the films of the 'Golden Age'.  Even the very first design of Mickey is there.

There is an exquisite little maquette of Ferdinand the bull that I'd never seen previously.  Marc Davis' Bambi designs, Milt Kahl's Pinocchio rough sketches, Fred Moore centaurettes from Fantasia, mind-boggling Bill tytla drawings of Chernabog, Eyvind Earl background paintings from Sleeping Beauty, the multi-plane camera, tiny Kay Nielsen paintings . . . Probably the most interesting article for animation fans was a scrapbook put together by Disney Effects expert Herman Schultheis.  It's displayed open in a case but a nearby videoscreen flips through its pages.  It's a collection of behind the scenes...
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