There are two things which Walt Disney, the Archduke of Burbank, dislikes mare than the United States officials who deprived him of a bonanza by forbidding Nikita Khrushehev to visit Disneyland in 1988. He hates the words “sophisticated” and “intellectual.”
For years Disney - who was raised on a farm in Missouri and earned hin first 25-cent fee at the age of seven by drawing a picture of a country-doctor's horse - has bridled at any suggestion that beneath his cornball exterior there beats the heart of an esthete. He delights in calling him-self childlike - a 50-year-old who cherishes boyhood recollections and enthusiasms. He deliberately projects the image of a rube blundering into huge profits despite his immaturity. But, as a former Disney associate told me, “Walt is about as childlike and immature as an electronic computer.”
- Walt Disney - The Latter-Day Aesop - Part 1 - Disney has often spoken through the mouths of animals, and with the arrival of Ludwig von Drake the results may be startling
- Walt Disney - The Latter-Day Aesop - Part 2 - His enthusiasm bubbles over again as he switches networks for new season
- Walt Disney - The Latter-Day Aesop - Part 3 - Can he keep his promise: 'A million-dollar color special every week'?