Disney threatened to sue three daycare centers in Hallandale, Florida for the unauthorized use of their characters. Universal Studios responded by giving the daycares the permission to paint their licensed characters, including those from Hanna-Barbera.
Disney quietly cut ties with McDonald’s in 2006 so as not to be associated with childhood obesity.
By 1932, Mickey Mouse had lost his edge since becoming a role model for children. Disney wanted to create a character to portray more negative character traits, which could no longer be bestowed on Mickey. That’s when Disney started working on a short-tempered character named Donald Duck.
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.