Walt Files

Walt Files

Walt Files

How Walt Disney Made Sure Every Child Could Afford a Mickey Mouse Doll

December 20, 2013

National public demand began when a photograph of Walt with the doll was published in a movie magazine in 1930.


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To See or Not to See?

December 18, 2013

The animal-loving host of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color introduced “Atta Girl, Kelly,” a three-part episode from March 1967, with the help of a Seeing Eye Dog.


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Walt Disney Reminisces About Early Mickey Mouse Artwork

November 12, 2013

Before the storyboarding process was pioneered by the Disney Studios in the early 1930s, story sketches for an animated short were often drawn comic-book style with several panels to a page.


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Two Projects That Earned Walt a Time Magazine Cover

November 11, 2013

He may never have been named Time magazine’s Man of the Year, but Walt Disney was spotlighted on the cover of that venerable news journal twice.


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The Great Marceline Movie Debut

September 26, 2013

Walt returned to the tiny Missouri hamlet several times, but in 1956 he came up with a special way to “say hello to all the folks.”


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Walt and the Great Comic Book Controversy

September 26, 2013

In April 1954, when the U.S. Senate held hearings on comic books—especially “horror” titles and their “impact upon adolescents”—Walt spoke out.


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Walt’s First Fairy Tales

September 26, 2013

By the time Walt Disney released Cinderella in 1950, the imaginative impresario was well known as the past master of the animated fairy tale. But few realized just how far back into the past—dating back to the Roaring Twenties in Kansas City, Missouri—Walt first used the relatively new medium of animation to retell the old […]