Walt Disney is one of the most legendary Americans of all time. He is the iconic creator of the world’s most beloved movies, theme parks, and characters. Dropping out of high school, collecting a record-breaking 32 Academy Awards during his career course, Disney’s life was not an ordinary one.
There are various myths around him. This is a list of the most surprising facts about this legendary animation pioneer and film producer that may change the way you see him.
His Mouse Wasn’t Always Mickey
Mortimer Mouse is the early version of the character that Walt Disney called. But his wife Lillian convinced him that Mickey Mouse was a better choice. The name Mickey debuted in 1928. Then Mortimer turned up in a different form, as Mickey’s rival for Minnie’s affections.
He Was – and Then Wasn’t – the Voice of Mickey
Disney provided the voice of Mickey, his most iconic character, for about two decades, from 1928 to 1947. However, years of smoking made Walt’s voice too rough to continue. Then a Scottish voice actor Jimmy MacDonald took over for nearly 30 years, from 1948 to 1977 when he was replaced.
He Loved Hot Dogs
The Hollywood legend snacked on hot dogs all the time so his housekeeper kept a stock of them on hand. “The Karnival Kid”, Mickey Mouse’s first words in 1929’s, were “Hot dog!” Years later, Walt measured out 25 steps from each hot dog stand when he chose the place to put trash cans at Disneyland.
Disney was laughed at for wanting to create a feature-length animated film
It’s hard to imagine that animated films were considered a ridiculous concept in the past. The fact is that when Walt Disney set out to create “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, the first feature-length cartoon in 1937, he was laughed at. The project was known as “Disney’s folly.”
But according to the Walt Disney Family Museum, he surprised everyone when the cartoon premiered to packed houses, and Disney won an honorary Academy Award for the breakthrough project.