History Creator / WaltDisney

4th Dec '17 6:09:28 PM GarrulousTiger
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* ArtistDisillusionment: Despite critical praise and commercial success for 1950's ''Cinderella'', Walt was very unsatisfied with the film (though, due to his train obsession, he'd had a very hands-off role in producing it) and couldn't help measuring it against ''Snow White'', which he continued to consider his best work. In fact, he reportedly said that he felt he'd never make anything as good as ''Snow White'' again.



* CreatorBreakdown: Disney had one in 1931, when the stress of running the studio and producing Mickey Mouse and the Silly Symphonies coupled with his wife's recent miscarriage caused him to snap.
4th Dec '17 6:04:14 PM GarrulousTiger
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* ArtistDisillusionment: Despite critical praise and commercial success for 1950's ''Cinderella'', Walt was very unsatisfied with the film (though, due to his train obsession, he'd had a very hands-off role in producing it) and couldn't help measuring it against ''Snow White'', which he continued to consider his best work. In fact, he reportedly said that he felt he'd never make anything as good as ''Snow White'' again.


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* CreatorBreakdown: Disney had one in 1931, when the stress of running the studio and producing Mickey Mouse and the Silly Symphonies coupled with his wife's recent miscarriage caused him to snap.
4th Dec '17 5:49:38 PM GarrulousTiger
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** He may have said it jokingly, but according to his wife Lillian, it wasn't all that far off from the truth.


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* MissingMom: The long tradition of motherless protagonists in his studio's full-length features, stretching back to ''Snow White'' but most famously in ''Bambi'', may have its roots in the death of Walt's own mother, Flora, who asphyxiated not long after ''Snow White'' due to a furnace leak in the house Walt had had built for his parents. Walt reportedly blamed himself and never spoke about his mother's death again.
29th Nov '17 6:22:23 PM KamenRiderKrypton
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There are [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/waltdisn/walt.asp numerous]] UrbanLegends. Rumors about Walt Disney being less friendly than many people would see him are common. He was rarely satisfied with the films his studio produced and was intensely critical of his employees (and perhaps justifiably afraid of unions, as he once had an entire animation staff sell him out to work with a competitor) but stories also abound of Walt's supposed racism, sexism and antisemitism, and supposedly he never actually drew anything, took credit for people's work, and was so extremely paranoid with the threat of communism he put innocent people in jail during the [=McCarthy=] Communist witch hunts. Many of these attitudes can be attributed to the time in which he lived - [[ValuesDissonance most of America at the time saw little problem mocking blacks, Jews, Native Americans, and women, and reporting suspected communists was actively encouraged by the government.]] In truth Walt hired several Jewish, female and black employees (Floyd Norman, Mary Blair, Sherman Brothers) was close with his female employees, and devoted to his daughters. However, he didn't help his case with some of his actions - for instance, he was the only Hollywood figure prepared to meet Leni Riefenstahl, director of Nazi propaganda film ''Triumph of the Will'', when she visited Hollywood (no, he wasn't a Nazi sympathizer).

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There are [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/waltdisn/walt.asp numerous]] UrbanLegends. Rumors about Walt Disney being less friendly than many people would see him are common. He was rarely satisfied with the films his studio produced and was intensely critical of his employees (and perhaps justifiably afraid of unions, as he once had an entire animation staff sell him out to work with a competitor) but stories also abound of Walt's supposed racism, sexism and antisemitism, and supposedly he never actually drew anything, took credit for people's work, and was so extremely paranoid with the threat of communism he put innocent people in jail during the [=McCarthy=] Communist witch hunts. Many of these attitudes can be attributed to the time in which he lived - [[ValuesDissonance most of America at the time saw little problem mocking blacks, Jews, Native Americans, and women, and reporting suspected communists was actively encouraged by the government.]] In truth Walt hired several Jewish, female and black employees (Floyd Norman, Mary Blair, Sherman Brothers) was close with his female employees, and devoted to his daughters. However, [[NotHelpingYourCase he didn't help his case with some of his actions actions]] - for instance, he was the only Hollywood figure prepared to meet Leni Riefenstahl, director of Nazi propaganda film ''Triumph of the Will'', when she visited Hollywood (no, he wasn't a Nazi sympathizer).
26th Nov '17 10:52:17 AM nombretomado
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* TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation: Pre-1966 Walt's entire filmography.
25th Nov '17 3:13:51 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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After completely dominating the field of animation, and inspiring many new techniques in the field, Disney, a driven perfectionist who was never satisfied with any of his work, began to move in other directions namely, television and theme parks. Again, he was ahead of his time in both fields, turning potential disasters into huge successes. His ultimate dream was never realized a fully-functional city, where people could live and work, centered around an arts college, which his detractors have noted sounds disturbingly in the details like ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'''s Village, or, more realistically, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternalism an industrial paternalism project]]. He died of lung cancer (Walt was known to be a chain smoker) before EPCOT was finished, and without his guidance the plan soon became another theme park. However, thanks in part to his prescient foundation of the California Institute of the Arts which taught major film greats like Creator/TimBurton and Creator/JohnLasseter, his legacy lives on with the Walt Disney Corporation, one of the most powerful media enterprises in the world. The Disney studios are [[VanityPlate symbolized]] by an image of Cinderella's/Sleeping Beauty's castle.

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After completely dominating the field of animation, and inspiring many new techniques in the field, Disney, a driven perfectionist who was never satisfied with any of his work, began to move in other directions namely, television and theme parks. Again, he was ahead of his time in both fields, turning potential disasters into huge successes. His ultimate dream was never realized a fully-functional city, where people could live and work, centered around an arts college, which his detractors have noted sounds disturbingly in the details like ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'''s Village, or, more realistically, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternalism an industrial paternalism project]]. He died of lung cancer (Walt (though he didn't smoke in public in order to project a wholesome personal image, Walt was known to be a chain smoker) smoker when in private) before EPCOT was finished, and without his guidance the plan soon became another theme park. However, thanks in part to his prescient foundation of the California Institute of the Arts which taught major film greats like Creator/TimBurton and Creator/JohnLasseter, his legacy lives on with the Walt Disney Corporation, one of the most powerful media enterprises in the world. The Disney studios are [[VanityPlate symbolized]] by an image of Cinderella's/Sleeping Beauty's castle.
26th Oct '17 4:43:08 PM CheeseDogX
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After completely dominating the field of animation, and inspiring many new techniques in the field, Disney, a driven perfectionist who was never satisfied with any of his work, began to move in other directions namely, television and theme parks. Again, he was ahead of his time in both fields, turning potential disasters into huge successes. His ultimate dream was never realized a fully-functional city, where people could live and work, centered around an arts college, which his detractors have noted sounds disturbingly in the details like ''Series/ThePrisoner'''s Village, or, more realistically, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternalism an industrial paternalism project]]. He died of lung cancer (Walt was known to be a chain smoker) before EPCOT was finished, and without his guidance the plan soon became another theme park. However, thanks in part to his prescient foundation of the California Institute of the Arts which taught major film greats like Creator/TimBurton and Creator/JohnLasseter, his legacy lives on with the Walt Disney Corporation, one of the most powerful media enterprises in the world. The Disney studios are [[VanityPlate symbolized]] by an image of Cinderella's/Sleeping Beauty's castle.

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After completely dominating the field of animation, and inspiring many new techniques in the field, Disney, a driven perfectionist who was never satisfied with any of his work, began to move in other directions namely, television and theme parks. Again, he was ahead of his time in both fields, turning potential disasters into huge successes. His ultimate dream was never realized a fully-functional city, where people could live and work, centered around an arts college, which his detractors have noted sounds disturbingly in the details like ''Series/ThePrisoner'''s ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'''s Village, or, more realistically, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternalism an industrial paternalism project]]. He died of lung cancer (Walt was known to be a chain smoker) before EPCOT was finished, and without his guidance the plan soon became another theme park. However, thanks in part to his prescient foundation of the California Institute of the Arts which taught major film greats like Creator/TimBurton and Creator/JohnLasseter, his legacy lives on with the Walt Disney Corporation, one of the most powerful media enterprises in the world. The Disney studios are [[VanityPlate symbolized]] by an image of Cinderella's/Sleeping Beauty's castle.
21st Sep '17 2:26:44 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* ManOfAThousandVoices: Like his work or not, he was an ''amazing'' voice actor.
29th Aug '17 8:22:55 PM Prinzenick
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* InsultToRocks: When he saw Creator/FleischerStudios 1939 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'', he took a snipe at it by saying "We can make a better film than that with our second string animators."
3rd Aug '17 4:52:48 PM Saveelich
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