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
Walter discovered his first movie house on Marceline’s 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”. Walt’s enthusiasm and faith in himself and other took
him straight to the top of Hollywood society.
Walt wasn’t’ 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 word’s first synchronized sound cartoon, which
premiered in New York on November 18, 1928. In 1932 “Flowers and Trees”
won Walt the first of his studio’s 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 Disney’s 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 Disney’s 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 children’s approach to life. You see
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