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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    I have read a couple of WD biographies and I believe that the childhood incident the teacher refers to is one in which he killed a bird (or watched friends kill a bird) and he regretted this animal cruelty. Later he would make Snow White a movie with a fond focus for animals and animal friendship. This kind of bond continues in other films by Disney: Flowers and Trees, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty...etc
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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    I've always noticed that kind of attitude in so many of his movies. Anywhere from hunting animals for sport (Bambi, Fox and the Hound, even Mary Poppins), to the treatment of cicus animals ( Dumbo). Back then, hunting and going to the cicus were very popular pastimes. It was very progressive to suggest that animals have feelings and don't deserve to be treated like objects. But within the obvious issues, a couple of them seemed to have subtle issues about race. For all the critism Disney got for using dialect humor in Fox in the Hound and Dumbo, did they ever consider that the treatment Dumbo got may have resembled that of a bi-racial child during the early part of the century? After all, African elephants are the ones that grow the larger ears, and the other elephants clearly look like Indian elephants. The Fox and the Hound always reminded me of the taboo friendship of a white child (Copper) and a black child (Todd) who as children are too innocent to know what's expected, and as they grow, sadly a barrier does too. Just from his movies alone, it seems like treating all living things with kindness and respect were very important to him.

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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    ^^ Interesting post. However, the Walt Disney Company made The Fox and the Hound, not Walt Disney the man. He had nothing to do with it, he had been dead for many years at the time the movie began production.

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    Oh woops my bad. For some reason I thought that was earlier. It can still apply to Dumbo though right?

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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambo View Post
    How presumptious of the teacher to think WD had any regrets. I know I don't. Sounds like the teacher is projecting...
    I don't think the teacher is presuming here. This seems more like something the teacher would have read or heard in an interview. Not sure about the movie part, but since it's a childhood thing, I'm going with the fact that he had to leave Marceline after such a short time. Either that or he was always going to take a trip down the Missisippi River, I think with his brother, after WWI. Or....maybe he wanted to join the circus and that turned into Dumbo. The thing about him killing a bird also sounds familiar though...

    Hmmmm....

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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    Now you are presuming...







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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambo View Post
    Now you are presuming...
    I assume you're presuming I'm presuming.

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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    What's wrong with presuming?

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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    I think I read somewhere that when Walt was a boy in Marceline he killed a bird....he regretted it for life and always had a love for animals there after. Look in Walt Disney: The Man Behind the Myth

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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    I just hope you post the answer when the teacher tells the kids I'm intrigued.
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...





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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    Quote Originally Posted by sleepyjeff View Post
    Bambi is the movie the teacher is refering to I would bet. The regret would be something Walt did to an animal......I think.
    Quote Originally Posted by sleepyjeff View Post
    I think it was an owl that he killed.
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    I have read a couple of WD biographies and I believe that the childhood incident the teacher refers to is one in which he killed a bird (or watched friends kill a bird) and he regretted this animal cruelty.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tedi Bara View Post
    I think I read somewhere that when Walt was a boy in Marceline he killed a bird....he regretted it for life and always had a love for animals there after.

    It's looking more and more like it.
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    Re: Walt's Childhood regret

    Quote Originally Posted by localdisnyfan View Post
    I assume you're presuming I'm presuming.
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    What's wrong with presuming?



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