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Walt Disney


Walt Disney


Walt Disney transformed the entertainment industry into what we know

today. He pioneered in the fields of animation and found new ways to

teach and educate. His views and visions came from the memory of the

past and the persistence for this future. Walt was our bridge from past

to the future.


Walter Elias Disney established himself and his innovations as a

genuine part of Americana.


He could take the dreams of America and make them come true.


Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.

Walt was one of five children. He attended McKinley High School in

Chicago. There Disney divided his attention between drawing and

photography. At night he attended the Academy of Fine Arts to better his

drawing abilities.


Walter discovered his first movie house on Marcelines Main Street.

There he saw a dramatic black-and-white recreation of the crucifixion

and resurrection of Christ.


During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist for military

service. He joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France.


When he returned from France, he wanted to pursue a career in

commercial art. He began producing short animated films for local

businesses in Kansas City. By the time Walt had started to create The

Alice Comedies. Walts enthusiasm and faith in himself and other took

him straight to the top of Hollywood society.


Walt wasnt a typical Hollywood mogul. The people that were close to

Walt were those who lived with him and his ideas.


On July 13, 1925, Walt married one of his employees, Lillian Bounds.

They had 2 daughters.


Three years after Walt and Lilly wed, Walt created a new animated

character, Mickey Mouse. His talents were first used in a silent cartoon

entitled Planet Crazy. Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in

Steamboat Willie, the words first synchronized sound cartoon, which

premiered in New York on November 18, 1928. In 1932 Flowers and Trees

won Walt the first of his studios Academy Awards. In 1937, he released

The Old Mill.


On December 21, 1937, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, premiered in Los

Angeles it produced at the unheard cost of $ 1,499, 000 during the depth

of the Depression. Walt Disney Studios completed other full-length

animated classics such as Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi.


In 1940 Disneys staff swelled to more than 1,000 artists, animators,

story men and technicians. Because of World War II, 94percent of the

Disney studio was engaged in production of training and propaganda films

for the armed services.


Through such films as The Living Desert, The Vanishing Prairie,

The African Lion and White Wilderness Disney brought fascinating

insight into the world of wind animals.


Walt Disneys dream of a clean and organized amusement park came true as

Disneyland Park opened in 1955.


And here is a famous quotation from Walt Disney: Why do we have to grow

up? I know more adults who have the childrens approach to life. You see

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