The Greatest Mickey Mouse Story Ever Told

LIFE’s issue for March 22nd, 1948 featured a story on Hunter College’s experimental elementary school, where all the students had genius-level IQs. It’s a fascinating piece–and I bring it up here because one of the pint-sized savants was Roy, beloved by his classmates for his storytelling. A LIFE photographer captured Roy spinning a tale about Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Minnie Mouse that involves violence, polygamy, Danny Kaye, and–well, Roy, take it away:

geniusschoolIs it too late for Disney to acquire the rights to this and make it into a feature?

Roy’s gifts as a performer didn’t go to waste when he grew up: he was Roy London, and he became an actor, director, and noted acting coach. I’m sorry to say he died in 1993. And now you know…the rest of the story.

2 comments on “The Greatest Mickey Mouse Story Ever Told”

  1. That would be the best Disney movie ever.

    I love the kid’s mannerisms. Funny that he actually went on to become someone rather important and successful. Clearly, standardized tests should include more questions about cartoons and polygamy.

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