Walt Disney, was an American motion picture and television producer and showman. He is famous for being the pioneer of cartoon films, and the creator of Disney land. Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois. He and his brother co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which soon became one of the most well known motion pictures companies in the world. Walt had 3 brothers, and 1 sister. He lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri. There, he started drawing, painting, and selling his works to family and friends. In 1911, he, and his family moved to Kansas City, and Disney found a love for trains. His uncle was a train engineer, and soon during the summer, he found himself working at the railroad, selling snacks, and newspapers. Disney went to school at McKinley High School in Chicago, where he took multiple photography classes, and where he became the cartoonist for the newspaper. At night he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. At the age of 16 he dropped out of school to enter the army, but was not accepted because he was underage. Instead he went the Red Cross in France to drive an ambulance. Once he moved back, he started to pursue his career as a newspaper artist. His brother Roy got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, there he met the cartoonist Ubbe Eert Iwerks, better known as Ub Iwerks. From that time, Disney started working at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, there he made commercials based on cutout animation. At around this time Disney started experimenting with a camera. He started hand-drawn cel animation, and then decided to open his own animation business. From the ad company, he recruited Fred Harman as his first employee.
They both made a deal with a local Kansas City theater to display their cartoons, and they called them Laugh-O-Grams. They were extremely popular, and soon Disney was able to acquire his own studio, and called it the same name Laugh-O-Grams. They soon hired multiple employees, and started making 7 minute films series which they called Alice in Cartoonland. By 1923 the studio went bankrupt. Disney and his brother moved to Hollywood, and Iwerks was relocated to California, and there the three began the Disney Brothers' Studio.
Their first deal was with New York distributor Margaret Winkler, to distribute their Alice cartoons. In 1925, Disney hired an ink-and-paint artist named Lillian Bounds. After a brief courtship, the couple married. A few years later Disney started including films with Mickey, the first animated shorts featuring Mickey were Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho, and both of them were silent films. Soon sound entered the equation and the films were instant hits. After multiple key films Disney soon reached a level of extreme commercial success. Disney's $17 million Disneyland theme park opened on July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, California, and in a very short amount of timethe park had increased its investment tenfold. In the years of opening, Disney made plans for anew theme park and Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow in Florida. new theme park and Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow in Florida. new theme park and Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow in Florida. Still under construction, in 1966, Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he died on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65.