My history hero: Walt Disney (1901-66)

Chosen by illustrator Gerald Scarfe

The "brilliant" Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse in 1935. (Getty Images)
Walt Disney created the iconic 20th‑cartoon characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto, and cast them in a series of big-screen shorts. He went on to produce groundbreaking full-length animated features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) among other children’s cinema classics. In 1955, the visionary entertainment entrepreneur opened the Disneyland theme park.

When did you first hear about Walt Disney?

When I was very small, and the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out. I thought it was absolutely fabulous, and couldn’t wait for the next Disney movie to appear. I was so enthralled by his films as a child that I used to draw figures from them, and it was that which really got me started on being a cartoonist.

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