In 1985 Disney released Return to OZ a sequel to The Wizard of OZ. While being more true to the original novels,it was considered not friendly for children in the beginning of the movie Dorothy is receiving electroshock therapy, one reviewer said “It’s bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying”.
Until the late 1960s, men with long hair were prohibited from entering Disneyland because it did not meet the standards of Disney’s unwritten dress code. Employees were also prohibited from having any facial hair because visitors would associate it with un-American activities.
Hitler admired Disney cartoons. He was delighted when Joseph Goebbels gifted him eighteen Mickey Mouse films as a Christmas present in 1937.
Disney makes twice as much money from their theme parks than what they make from their actual movies.
The reason why Bambi (1941) looks so stylistically different than Disney’s other works is because entry-level employee Tyrus Wong, an immigrant artist from China, painted sketches of his vision without permission from supervisors. Walt Disney saw his work and promoted him as to lead artist.
John Lasseter, one of the three founding fathers of Pixar, was fired from Disney for trying to create three dimensional cartoon images. Lucasfilm hired him promptly afterwards for being innovative. Disney later bought both Lucasfilms and Pixar for billions of dollars.
Disney was planning on making a short film featuring Mickey Mouse as Christopher Columbus discovering America. It got cancelled because the animation team was unsure how to animate the native people Mickey would have to encounter in a non-offensive way.
Disney successfully lobbied Congress to extend the length of copyright protection in order to prevent Mickey Mouse from entering the public domain. The law was later referred to as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act.
Disney renamed “Rapunzel” to “Tangled” and “Snow Queen” to “Frozen” because they blamed feminine titles for under-performing box offices.
Hitler was a fan of the Disney animated film The Three Little Pigs and would routinely walk around whistling the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.”