It's Walt Disney's birthday today. Born in 1901, little did this boy from Marceline, Missouri, US, know that from selling his drawings to neighbours to make a quick buck, he'd one day become every child's best friend. CS remembers him:
>> Walt' interest in personalising animal characters grew after he carelessly killed an owl as a young boy. He was remorseful.
>> After his failed efforts to enter army, working for a newspapers and acting, Walt decided to become an animator. Walt's first lucky mascot was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
>> Walt was dyslexic as well as a chain smoker. He avoided smoking in public, especially where children might see him.
>> His most popular creation, Mickey Mouse, was created on November 18, 1928. Initially, he wanted to name it Mortimer Mouse, but his wife, Lillian, disapproved the name. Mortimer later became the name of Mickey's rival for Minnie.
>> On December 21, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated musical feature, premiered at the Carthay Theater in Los Angeles. The film was produced at a cost of $1,499,000 during the depths of Depression.
>> Walt Disney holds the record of winning the most Academy Awards with 22 wins in competitive categories from a total of 59 nominations.
>> The last animated film he ever put his personal touch on was The Jungle Book (1967).
>> A long-standing urban legend maintains that Walt was cryogenically frozen, and his frozen corpse stored beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.