YMMV / Walt Disney

  • Adaptation Overdosed: Disney has lent his name to animated cartoons, films, comic strips, theme parks, TV series, and so on.
  • Author Appeal: Disney was a genius in making audiences care about characters and feel their emotions. At his worst, some of his films fall into very sappy, bland kitsch cutesy stuff territory.
  • All Animation Is Disney:invoked Disney's marketing has been so excessive that he has practically become synonymous with the film genre. He is still the only universally famous animator known by the general public of all ages and to many people it's as if he made every single animated cartoon in the world.
    • This also goes the other way around. Many people think Disney only made animated cartoons, while in reality he also produced live-action movies, TV series and nature documentaries.
  • Award Snub: The man with the most Oscar wins in history... never won Best Picture, something which he always resented. He was nominated once for "Mary Poppins," which ended up being his last film.
  • Awesome Ego: Nobody could do what he did, without having such an ego.
  • Big Name Fan: Sergi Eisenstein, Matt Groening, etc.
    • Love It or Hate It: Disney haters and lovers (former view as an bigot, latter as Uncle Walt) from 50's-60's to present.
  • Creator Backlash: When his ambitious film Fantasia failed at the box office Disney was devastated. Audiences didn't react kindly to this animation set to classical music and felt it was pretentious, lacking a coherent plot and not at all the kind of mindless children's entertainment they came to expect from his company. After this flop Disney lost interest in animation. He focused more on live-action films and his theme parks for the remainder of his life. His studio kept making new animated pictures and shorts, but they were all just plain old-fashioned fun children's entertainment that lacked the kind of artistic ambition, experiment or technical innovations Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Fantasia had, almost as if he merely wanted to give the audience what they wanted from then on.
  • Creator Breakdown: Disney suffered a nervous breakdown in 1931 from the pressure of his studio and of his wife Lillian's recent miscarriage. He recovered after his doctor advised him to take a long vacation, and he and his wife did so - their first real vacation in six years of marriage. Throughout his career, he would come close to other similar breakdowns that forced to take leave of the studio for a while.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Before Disney, animation already existed, of course but it was very crudely drawn and the stories were random events plots. It was new and amazing for it's timex but by the end of the 1920s, audiences unfortunately started to lose interest in the medium and if not for Disney's innovation of sound the genre might have died out as yet another fad. After the success of his new star Mickey Mouse, Disney set a trend for smoother drawn animation with fluid motions and stories that were both charming as engaging children's entertainment. Disney also tried to make audiences emotionally care for his characters and spent attention to both the mood, drama, comedy, and music. For most of the 1930s all other animation studios were trying to copy this successful formula. When Disney began making animated feature films he once again set the standard for how such films should be made to sustain the audience's attention for a hour or so. Every animation director is inspired by his work, even if only on a technical level. The downside of this is that many audiences still judge every animated cartoon according to Disney norms: it should be beautifully drawn, child friendly, have cutesy stuff in it and be devoid of any kind of dark, adult or complex material.
    • Disney also influenced virtually every comic strip artist and/or cartoonist, even those who dislike his work.
    • And Disney's enormous influence on film directors and advertisers should also be taken in account.
  • Insufferable Genius: From The Los Angeles Times article "60 Things You Might Not Know About the Magic Kingdom":
    50. Walt Disney and author Ray Bradbury were friends. One day at lunch, Bradbury offered to help rebuild Tomorrowland. Disney is said to have replied: "Ray, it's no use … you're a genius and I'm a genius … after two weeks we'd kill each other!" Later, Bradbury called it "the nicest turndown I've ever had."
    • With regard to Disney and Bradbury's friendship: There's a Halloween Tree in Frontierland at Disneyland.
  • Lighter and Softer: A choice many to this day aren't happy about. Early animated cartoons were crude and adult appealing, whereas Disney wanted everything to be child oriented.
  • Saved from Development Hell: Walt had planned to adapt Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen, and The Little Mermaid after the success of Snow White, but plans for these films were put on hold in the 1940s. Both Beauty and the Beast and The Snow Queen were running into story problems while the budget for The Little Mermaid was running too high for the studio to comfortably sign off on it. In the 1980s, both The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast were picked up by Roy Disney for adaption, and both film adaptions (The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1991) respectively) helped kick off The Renaissance Age of Animation for the cinema (it had started a couple years earlier for television, incidentally also due to Disney). The Snow Queen was revisited by John Lasseter in the 2000s and ultimately released as Frozen in 2013, which went on to become the most successful animated film ever made.
  • What Could Have Been: He himself said, shortly before he died, that if he only had 15 more years to live, he'd accomplish more than he'd ever done before. It's worth mentioning that while it's impossible to know, that would be setting the bar incredibly high.