Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Today is...Walt Disney's Birth Anniversary

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was born on December 5, 1901.

Most people known the basics of Walt Disney, his creation of Mickey Mouse and his development of Disneyland. Here are some things you might not know...

In high school, Disney took night classes at the Chicago Art Institute and drew cartoons for his high school paper.

Mickey Mouse's original name was to be Mortimer, but Walt's wife Lillian thought it didn't fit and christened him Mickey.

The first musical cartoon Disney directed was The Skeleton Dance, animated by Ubbe Iwerks.

Disney started work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1934, ran out of money in mid-1937, and finally released it in February of 1938.

When getting a pre-operative X-ray on his neck for a polo injury, doctors discovered a tumor on Walt's lung. He died less than two months later.

The last thing Walt wrote was Kurt Russell's name, the significance of which is still unknown.

Though there are rumors that Disney was cryogynically frozen, he was actually cremated.

What is your favorite Disney movie?

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