Like many a Hollywood star, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck didn't just work in LA -- they were born there, too. The first Disney studio became a reality in 1925 on 2719 Hyperion Avenue, east of Hollywood's glamour. Sadly, the historic building where Walt Disney and his team produced the first full-length animated film, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' is no longer there. The location -- now occupied by a supermarket and a strip mall -- currently divides a neighborhood of hipsters from a neighborhood of aging hipsters; most walk right past without noticing the Disney plaque near the grocery store's entrance.
If you travel west on Griffith Park Boulevard, which intersects with Hyperion, behind the strip mall, you'll see a cluster of charming Tudor cottages that look surprisingly familiar. According to Hollywood legend, Disney animators lived in these houses and used them as architectural inspiration for the dwarfs' home.
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