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Walter Elias Disney: An Impact on the World
Transcript of Walter Elias Disney: An Impact on the World
Walter Elias Disney
An Impact on the World
Walt as a kid
Impact on the World
Walter was born on December
5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of the siblings of Raymond Arnold Disney.
He would help Walt with animation later in their lives.
Walt would win seven Emmys, twenty-two Academy Awards, the Cecil B. Demille Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his animation works. One of his most known animated movies is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He would win a special award for this with one big Oscar statuette, and seven mini ones for the dwarfs.
Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955. ABC broadcasted the opening. The opening did not go as planned with things happening such as not functioning drinking fountains and extremely high temperatures. There were three original lands in Disneyland: Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, and Frontier Land. But a lot more things have been added to Disneyland such as Cars World and Mickey's Toontown. Sleeping Beauty's Castle was the main highlight of Disneyland.
Walt would never get to see Walt Disney World open, but his imagination still lives on, all around the world. His animation will still always be his. He is responsible for many firsts such as the first cartoon with sychronized sound. No one can do what Walt did.
Epcot stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. There is a geodesic sphere in the middle. Some people say that it looks like a golf ball. This was the second park opened in Walt Disney World. It opened on October 1st, 1982. Epcot was Walt's vision and he talked about if often. Unfortunately he died before he could see it open. Walt thought of it like a futuristic city.
Before Walt was well known, he worked at his local newspaper company, The Kansas City Star, delivering newspapers. When he was just sixteen, he joined the Red Cross driving ambulances. Right after World War I, he made an animation series called Laugh-O-Grams. He was still in Kansas City at the time and got into a lot of debt. So he moved to Hollywood, California to have more chances to get his films produced. That's where he made a film series called Alice Comedies which were about Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
One of his best known characters is Mickey Mouse. Walt first voiced him, but later had to hire someone else due to other projects. One of Mickey's trademark things is that he has three fingers and a thumb. But before Mickey was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. When Oswald became very popular, Universal Pictures, Oswald's distributor, took him away from Walt. But Oswald would come back to Disney. In 2006 Disney traded for all the rights to Oswald.
Walt Disney died on December 5, 1966. He was 65 years old. Walt died of lung cancer because he was a chain smoker, but he never smoked around kids. He would never live to see any of Disney World open. His brother, Roy Disney, is the one who decided to name Walt Disney World after Walt.