It's a day late here in Tokyo, but December 5th, 2011 marks what would have been Walt Disney's 110th birthday.
This is not Disney-phile rhetoric, but Walt Disney was a great man. In my Disney history snobbery I've said too much about his drawbacks: his attitudes towards people of color and women, his business policies, his *cough*, draftsmanship.
But none of that is really important ultimately.
Even the people who had reservations about Walt quickly admit he was brilliant and his contributions to the institution of film (and yes, world culture), immeasurable.
As I like to say, Walt was greatest artist to draw without the use of a pencil.
Cartoon Brew has a worthwhile link and note to his birthday, here.