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The Life and Times of Walter Elias Disney

A Brief Bio on the Creator of Mickey Mouse
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Jessie Davis

on 28 September 2012

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December 5, 1901 - December 15, 1966 Walter (Elias) Disney Born December 5, 1901 After Laugh-O-Grams went down,
Roy and Walt decided to start again. Disney Brother's Studio A Fresh Look Winkler (the distributor) and her husband Charles Mintz took sole rights to Oswald and all of Walt's animators except for Iwerks. Roy went on to finish the theme park Walt started. Disney dies of lung cancer Dropped out of school at
16 to join the military. Teenage Years
and the War December 15, 1966 The Walt Disney Company has become a multi-billion dollar entertainment company with movies, televison shows, and various theme parks across the globe. Born to Elias and Flora Call Disney Born in Chicago, Illinois but shortly
afterward moved to Marceline, Missouri. In 1911 the family moved to Kansas City. Disney gets a summer job with his Uncle Mike Martin on the railroad between Fort Madison, Iowa and Marceline. Joined Red Cross and was
sent to France for a year
to drive an ambulance. First animation buisness. Laugh-O-Grams Returned from France in 1919 - moved back to Kansas City Became a newspaper artist. There he also met Ubbe Iwerks. His brother Roy Disney got Walt a job at Kansas City Film Ad Company. He worked on commercials
based on cutout animation. Walt started experimenting with
cameras and hand-drawn animation. Hired Fred Harman and his brother Hugh. He also hired Ubbe Iwerks. Made a deal with a Kansas City theater to screen his cartoons he called Laugh-O-Grams. Named new buisness after the cartoon titles. Made a series of 7 minute fairy tales called "Alice in Cartoonland" Buisness went in debt in 1923 and Walt had to declare bankruptcy. They pooled their money and headed to Hollywood with Ubbe Iwerks. There they started the Their first job was with the New York distributor Margret Winkler to distribute "Alice" cartoons. Created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He was recently featured in the recent video games "Epic Mickey" and "Epic Mickey 2". This is one of Iwerks clips. Take a look! They contracted the shorts for $1500 each. Walt hires Lillian Bound as an ink and paint artist. Wedding Bells! After a brief courtship, they were married on July 13, 1925. Later they had two daughters: Diane and Sharon. Unrest in the Studio Disneyland A Park away from the World... After Winkler took Oswald, Walt quickly released shorts featuring the character he was developing: Mickey Mouse. The first two shorts, "Plane Crazy" and "The Gallopin' Guacho", failed to find distribution. But Walt's third short featuring Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt) became a hit. It was "Steamboat Willie". In 1929, Walt followed his success with a number of other shorts he titled "Silly Symphonies". Another of his shorts, "Flowers and Trees" was the first in color and won an Oscar. Many of Walt's new shorts featured Mickey and his new friends Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. His short "The Three Little Pigs" and the the song throughout it became the theme song of the depression. Then Walt decided to go even further. He wanted to make a feature length animated movie. "Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs" During next 5 years he created

oPinocchio
oFantasia
oDumbo
oBambi A Booming Buisness New Campus in Burbank December 1939 for Walt Disney Studios 1941 - Strike by Disney animators. Many quit before studio stablized. • Premiered in Los Angeles Produced $1.499 mil in spite of the Depression Won 8 Oscars Dec 21, 1937 In the Mid- 40s Walt went back to "packaged features". In 1950 he went back to animated features. Walt released many more movies after Snow White. (Live Action and Animation) Last major success was Mary Poppins Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (Sunday show) promoted new theme park The Mickey Mouse Club (series) (featured teen cast known as Mouseketeers) Davy Crockett (series) Zorro (series) He also used TV as entertainment medium More than 100 other features were also produced in his studio. 101 Dalmatians(1961) Sleeping Beauty (1959) Lady and the Tramp (1955) Treasure Island (1950) [Live Action] Peter Pan (1953) Alice in Wonderland (1951) Cinderella (1950) $17 mil theme park Disneyland opened in 1955 Stationed in rural Anaheim, California with a purchase of a 160-acre orange grove near the junction of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) and Harbor Boulevard. So he planned to build Disney World in the Florida swamps He wanted a place where guests would be isolated. But Walt was not satisfied. He wanted to aslo create EPCOT: the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. He started buying up empty land to convert. Sadly it was not to be... Opened in 1955. It became a hit with visitors. By 1965 50 million visitors had visited the park.
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