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What do we really know about Walt Disney? We’ve been enjoying the pioneering animator’s works for decades. Many of you reading this visit the theme parks he helped launch on an annual basis. But if we were pressed to tell a stranger what facts we knew about the man, how many could we rattle off?
Empire wants to help. The editors at the site have compiled 90 facts you likely didn’t know about Walt Disney and his parks as the studio marks its 90th birthday. I’m compiling my absolute favorites below, though I have to lead with this one, because it deserves to stand apart from the crowd: “Walt's final words - written rather than spoken - were, rather cryptically 'Kurt Russell'. No one, including the actor himself, has any idea why.” Here are the rest of the ones that stood out, though you owe yourself a look at the full Empire list, which has them laid out with fantastic graphics:
Click here to see the full list.
How will any of this color your perspective of the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks, in which Tom Hanks angles for yet another Oscar nomination by playing Disney on screen? The movie, directed by John Lee Hancock, focuses on a very specific moment in the studio head’s life – when he lobbied P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) for the rights to her Mary Poppins property. It reaches theaters on Dec. 13, but we have a recently-released trailer for you to peruse. Think about these bits of trivia, and how they might have shaped Hanks’ performance.