15 Unknown Facts About Disney
Disney is one of the biggest entertainment company in the world. A company which was started by Walt Disney is known for its fairy tale stories, movies, parks, and resorts.
Although everyone knows about Disney cartoons, movies, and television programs. But still, there are many Amazing facts about Disney that you might not know. So below are the 15 Unknown facts about The Walt Disney Company.
1) Mickey Mouse Made Cameo In Pinocchio Animation Film
Mickey Mouse is one of the fan-favorite cartoon characters. Only three good drawn circles are enough to create the iconic Mickey Mouse character. Even the geometric representation of Mickey Mouse is called “Classic Mickey”.
Even, the Disney artists have tried there best to hide it many numbers of times. But still, in the animation film Pinocchio, when Pinocchio sets his finger on fire, Geppetto rushes to put it out. After which they are seen passing by a chair and the chair looks like Mickey Mouse Head.
2) The First Disney Character Was A Rabbit
Many people believe that the first character created by Walt Disney was Mickey Mouse. However, the first character created by Walt was a rabbit know as “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”. Oswald The Lucky Rabbit appeared in many silent cartoons until 1928. When Walt Disney lost its distributor contract. After which they created the character Mortimer Mouse. But his wife didn’t like the name. So the name of the character was changed to Mickey Mouse.
Later, in 2006, The Walt Disney Company bought back all the rights of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit from NBC Universal in a deal that included both the intellectual property to the character and all the 26 cartoons that were created by Disney.
3) Everyone Expected Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs To Fail
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs became a massive success after it’s release. But no one believed at Walt that time. The film critics referred to Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs as “Disney’s Folly”. Even his wife, Lillian, believed that the movie will completely fail.
4) Snow White Was The First Movie To Release A Soundtrack
In 1944, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the first ever film to release a soundtrack.
5) Walt Disney’s First Film was ‘Alice’s Wonderland’
In 1923, Walt decided to create a short animation movie with the combination of both real characters and animated characters. So he created his first short film named “Alice’s Wonderland.” Child actress Virginia Davis was starred in the film.
It was after the creation of this film, Walt moved to Hollywood to his brother, Roy, so that they can start their business together.
6) Snow White Was The First Feature Length Animation Film
In 1937, Walt decided to create a first full feature-length animation film. It was a huge risk. As the movie required a budget of $1.49 million. Which was a huge amount at that time.
Many critics even labeled the film as ‘Disney’s Folly.’ Even his wife thought the film will fail. But the film was a huge success. It grossed over $66 million after its first release. And when it was re-released in 1983, 1987, and 1993, the total gross figure increased to $185 million. The movie earned a total of $885 million on the box office.
7) Dumbo Is Disney’s Shortest Animation Film
Dumbo is just 64 minutes long and is the shortest feature-length Disney film. Walt was also advised to extend the storyline, but instead, he said, “You can stretch a story just so far and after that, it won’t hold together.”
8) Walt Disney Himself Campaigned For James Baskett
Walt himself campaigned for James Baskett performance in “Song of the South”. He even told Jean Hersholt (President of the Motion Picture Academy at that time), that Baskett’s performance was his own creation. As a result Walt’s effort worked out and James Baskett received an honorary Oscar in 1948.
9) Lady And The Tramp Was Inspired By A Real Dog Named Lady
In 1937, Disney writer Joe Grant showed Walt some sketches of Springer Spaniel aka Lady. Walt got so impressed by his design that he encouraged him to create the full storyline. So he created the storyline by getting inspired from a real-life story of Lady dog who was learning how to deal with the owners baby. But in the end, Walt wasn’t satisfied with the story and decided to drop it.
After few years, Walt came around a storyline by Ward Greene titled “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog.” He liked the story and even believed that merging the two stories will create a stronger storyline. So he asked Greene to merge both the ideas and come up with a great storyline.
10) Jackie Chan Was The Voice Of Beast
Jackie Chan was the voice of the beast in the Chinese translation of the Beauty and the Beast ( including the singing part). Below is the video of the same:
11) Florida’s Walt Disney Resort is the Biggest Resort in the World
Walt Disney Florida resort is one of the largest and biggest resort in the world. The resort is built over a 25,000 acres of area and includes four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and the Animal Kingdom. It also includes Fort Wilderness which provides a camping area of 800 campsites and a recreational area. There are 18 hotels with a total of 23,000 rooms, 468,000 square feet of conference meeting space, and 3,000 vacation club units.
12) There Was Almost A Walt Disney Ski Resort
After opening its first Walt Disney park in 1955, Walt decided to open a ski resort in California. He even started to make plans for the ski resort. Like selecting the site, securing a roads deal with the Governor of California and acquiring the approval of Forest Service.
But after the death of Walt Disney in 1966, the company decided not to go ahead with the ski resort. Instead, they shifted their all focus in building Walt Disney World project. The project was completed in 1971.
13) Media Networks Is The Most Profitable Segment of Disney
Disney is overall one of the most profitable company. But still, Media Networks is the most profitable segment of The Walt Disney Company. This segment of the company includes Disney Channels, the ABC Family and stakes in a wide range of other television networks. Like, it owns 80% of ESPN, owns 50% of networks including H2, The History Channel, A&E, and Lifetime Movie Network.
14) Disney Was Sued By Hyena Researchers
Disney was sued by Hyena Researchers because they believe that it was defaming the character because of its negative portrayal in the film.
15) There Are Six Disneyland Parks and Resorts
There are six Disney parks and resorts all around the globe. Two in the United States and the other three in International locations. The United States includes the original park in California and the biggest park in Florida. Other international locations include Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.