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BEFORE THE MAGIC KINGDOM

Testing a movie camera in 1923, 21-year-old Walt Disney had just arrived in Hollywood with a Mickey Mouse-size bankroll and Dumbo-size dreams. Rejected by the big studios, the young animator started his own business, conceiving a character that changed his fortunes forever. But Disney didn’t draw the mouse that launched his empire; longtime collaborator Ub Iwerks gave form to Mickey, while Disney squeaked the mouse’s friendly falsetto. “I never did believe I was worth anything as an artist,” said Disney in the August 1963 National Geographic. “I certainly don’t consider myself a businessman.”

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