Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Walt Disney – By Guest Writer Tim Foster
By Guest Writer Tim Foster
Walt Disney is often quoted as saying, “I hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.” While in a way, that’s true, more correctly, it was all started by a truly amazing man, Walt himself. Here are five things you might not have known about him.
1. The Partners statue in the Magic Kingdom features an odd monogram on Walt Disney’s tie. What do you think it’s of? You might guess it’s Walt’s initials or Mickey Mouse, but it’s not. It actually stands for the Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs, California, where Walt once owned a vacation home.
2. When Walt first got into the world of animation, he borrowed a book from the Kansas City Library by Edwin G. Lutz, called ‘Animated Cartoons: How They Are Made, Their Origin and Development.’ The book detailed the methods of animation technique used in New York, which was then the center of animation. Walt did make a significant improvement, however. In the New York method of animation, the pegs that held the paper in place (to keep them aligned) were placed at the top of the board to keep them away from the animator’s hands. Walt moved them to the bottom so that the animators could easily flip the pages to see the action they were animating. That proved to be the first of a long list of innovations that Walt would introduce.
3. Walt’s first art job was as an apprentice at the Pesmen/Rubin commercial art shop, where he drew roughs for catalogs and advertisements. One of Walt’s first assignments was to create an ad for a donut shop.
The job didn’t last long; Walt was terminated after the holiday season.
4. Less than eight years later, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released, earning more than $8 million. The film also earned Disney one of his 26 Academy Awards. It was accompanied by seven smaller statuettes. That wasn’t Walt’s first Oscar. He had already won eight Short Subject-Cartoon awards.
5. The next time you wish upon a star, you might think about a planet instead. In 1980, L.G. Karachkina discovered a minor planet. It was named Disneya in honor of Walt Disney.
About the author: Tim Foster is the founder and editor of Celebrations Magazine and the author of the Guide to the Magic book series, including the Walt Disney World Guide to the Magic for Kids. He has traveled to Disney World more times than he can count, and he is passionate about helping people enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World.