Walt Disney:

The Father of Animation

By Anoo Mallepalli

 

Walt Disney is sometimes considered the Father of Animation because of his many successes in the animation industry in the early to mid-1900s.

His ideas and discoveries are still used in the animation industry today.

Introduction

       Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Hermosa, Illinois. He spent most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, where he started selling his drawings and paintings to neighbours. In 1911, he and his family moved to Kansas City. Disney attended McKinley High School in Chicago, where he took drawing and photography classes and was a contributing cartoonist for the school paper. At night, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. When Disney was 16, he dropped out of school to join the Army but was rejected for being underage. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance. In 1919 he started a company called “Laugh-O-Grams”, but it went bankrupt. He moved to Hollywood to start over. One of his animations, Alice Comedies, became successful, which made Disney a popular Hollywood figure. In 1928, he created the iconic character Mickey Mouse. Then, in 1932, he released the first color animation, Flowers and Trees, which won many awards. In 1937, he released Old Mill, which was “the first short subject to utilize the multi-plane camera technique”.  On December 21, 1937, he released Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the first full-length color animated feature, which made about $1.5M. By 1942, he had also released Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. In 1950, Disney released Cinderella, which became hugely successful. Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966.

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