Published On: Sun, Dec 6th, 2015

An Incomplete and Debatable List of Walt Disney Trivia

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Sure, you know old Walt from Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, and basically any animated film that didn’t go straight to video, but how much do you really know about this American genius? In honour of his birth anniversaryon December 5, here is a fact list about the visionary.

The specs

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Turn-ons

Animals (he had a poodle, which he fed steak), flying (he used his twin-engine planes to fly over Disneyland), and Republicans. He also loved tomato juice so much that he served it to everyone who came to his office, and got angry if they didn't accept it.

Animals (he had a poodle, which he fed steak), flying (he used his twin-engine planes to fly over Disneyland), and Republicans. He also loved tomato juice so much that he served it to everyone who came to his office, and got angry if they didn’t accept it.

Turn-offs

Wrinkles (he had them airbrushed off his promotional pics), criticism (he once threw an Oscar at his brother's head when he doubted him), and unions (he thought they were part of a Communist plot against him).

Wrinkles (he had them airbrushed off his promotional pics), criticism (he once threw an Oscar at his brother’s head when he doubted him), and unions (he thought they were part of a Communist plot against him).

Hobbies

Disney tried to take up golf when his doctor recommended he learn to relax, but he became consumed with perfecting his game. He'd get up at 4:30 am to play a round before work every day, which ended up adding to his stress.

Disney tried to take up golf when his doctor recommended he learn to relax, but he became consumed with perfecting his game. He’d get up at 4:30 am to play a round before work every day, which ended up adding to his stress.

Favourite creation

Though he always had trouble drawing Mickey (he used to take lessons from his animators), Disney once said, "I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known." He had a tiny apartment built for himself in Disneyland above the Main Street fire station so he could be close to his creation even in his sleep.

Though he always had trouble drawing Mickey (he used to take lessons from his animators), Disney once said, “I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known.” He had a tiny apartment built for himself in Disneyland above the Main Street fire station so he could be close to his creation even in his sleep.

Love vs practicality

According to legend, the young Disney married his secretary, Lillian Bounds, because he couldn't afford to pay her $15-a-week salary.

According to legend, the young Disney married his secretary, Lillian Bounds, because he couldn’t afford to pay her $15-a-week salary.

The dark side

Disney was a racist—he thought hiring African Americans would "have spoiled the illusion at Disneyland". In the 1940s and 1950s, many of the movies made by Disney pandered to racial stereotypes, be it a buck-toothed, squinty-eyed Chinese cook or tar babies. Making matters worse, there is some evidence that he was also anti-Semitic. Take his membership in an executive organisation that was famously hostile to Jews, and the fact that in 1938, a month after Kristallnacht, Disney personally welcomed Nazi director Leni Riefenstahl to his studios.

Disney was a racist—he thought hiring African Americans would “have spoiled the illusion at Disneyland”. In the 1940s and 1950s, many of the movies made by Disney pandered to racial stereotypes, be it a buck-toothed, squinty-eyed Chinese cook or tar babies.
Making matters worse, there is some evidence that he was also anti-Semitic. Take his membership in an executive organisation that was famously hostile to Jews, and the fact that in 1938, a month after Kristallnacht, Disney personally welcomed Nazi director Leni Riefenstahl to his studios.

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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