1. Walt joined the Red Cross at just 16 years old and spent a year driving an ambulance overseas during World War I.
2. Walt’s first animation studio, Laugh-O-Gram, went bankrupt less than a year after it was founded.
3. He left for Hollywood with only $40, a few drawing materials, and an animated and live-action film.
4. Walt’s first commercial success was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but he ended up losing ownership of Oswald completely.
5. He came up with the idea for Mickey Mouse on a train ride from New York City to Los Angeles.
6. He voiced Mickey Mouse himself for almost two decades.
7. During World War II, Walt and his team of animators helped produce close to 70 hours of instructional films for all branches of the armed forces.
8. Walt and his production team produced the first commercially released film using Technicolor’s three-color process in 1932.