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Special Feature: 14 lesser-known facts about Walt Disney

December 5th marks the 114th birth anniversary of animation legend Walt Disney. While his many outstanding contributions in live action and animated filmdom are legendary, we take a look at some things you may or may not know about the man...

>> Walt Disney's interest in personalising animal characters grew after he carelessly killed an owl as a young boy.

>> After his failed efforts to enter army, working for a newspapers and acting, Disney decided to become an animator. Walt Disney's first lucky mascot was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Walt Disney Facts
Walt Disney

>> Walt Disney was dyslexic as well as a chain smoker. He avoided smoking in public, especially where children might see him.  

>> As a young boy, Walt Disney used to sell his drawings to neighbours to make some quick money.

>> Disney's 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 Disney ever put his personal touch on was The Jungle Book (1967).

>> A long-standing urban legend maintains that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen, and his frozen corpse stored beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.

>> Little Red Riding Hood was the first fairy tale that Walt Disney made a cartoon about.

>> When Disneyland was first opened in 1955, Walt Disney’s brother Roy bought the very first admission ticket at a cost of $1.

>> Walt Disney won his first Academy Award for The Silly Symphony Flowers and Trees.

>> Walt Disney conceived the idea of the mouse on a train bound for L.A. from New York.

>> Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day was the film which made him win his last Academy Award. He was awarded posthumously.

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