20 Surprising Facts About Walt Disney That Will Shock You

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Walt Disney has gone down in history as one of the most famous people to have ever lived, yet many don’t actually know who the real Walt was… Was he really just a pleasant, old man creating cartoons or a detestable bigoted racist? Read on for some facts about him that may help you figure out this unsolved mystery!

20. He probably wasn’t an anti-Semite
Generally, whenever the media delve deep into the life of Walt Disney, the phrase “anti-Semitic” comes up. Yet, there’s no evidence to prove Disney was prejudiced towards Jewish people, and he even donated to Jewish charities. However, one accusation leveled against him is true – he did do business with anti-Semites.

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19. He had many failures before he achieved success
Disney wasn’t always, well, Disney. After his first studio, Laugh-O-Gram, went bankrupt in 1923 he was forced into poverty so immense that he supposedly ate dog food to survive. Even once he made it to happier times, people still criticized his work. Indeed, no one believed Mickey Mouse was a good idea.

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