Walt Disney 

 

By: J.P Parraga

 

The reasons I decided to do my research on this particular author, Walt Disney, are the following. First of all, he was the one who created one of my favorite animated characters of all time, Mickey Mouse. He also made the first animated feature length movie to be produced in English and in technicolor, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, which won him an honorary Academy Award, proving that he was exceptionally good at what he did. Besides all of this, Walt also created Disneyland and Walt Disney World, which are some of the best, if not the best theme parks in the world,making people realize that he could perform more tasks besides animating. Lastly, I also picked him due to the fact that he was extremely imaginative and he has left an enormous legacy behind him, for his films, characters, and other creations will always be remembered in the hearts of people who he inspired.

Introduction

 Walt Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901, becoming the fourth son and child of his parents, Elias and Flora Disney. He moved to Marceline, Missouri in 1906, and then to Kansas City in 1910. He then graduated from Benton High School, in whic he proved his love for animation, in June 8, 1917. After these events, Disney became part of the American Ambulance Corps in France, to which he joined by lying about his age, for he was only 16 when he initially joined. He then returned to the US on 1919, and moved to Kansas City, where he got a job at the Posman-Rubin Commercial Art Studio for $50 a month.

 

Walt then created his first films called “Laugh O-grams,” from 1920 to 1922, until he moved to Hollywood, where his big brother, Roy Disney was,  to become a director after he lost most of his money. The two brothers then created the Disney Bros. Company, where they created the “Alice Comedies,” and a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Disney then married Lillian Bounds, one of his employees in 1925. He also renamed the company to Walt Disney Studio in February 1926.

Biography

In 1927, Walt sold the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which led him to create his most famous character, Mickey Mouse, in 1928. The first Mickey Cartoon, “Steamboat Willie.” then opened in the Colon Theater in New York as the first cartoon with sound in November 1928. In 1929, Walt Created a series called Silly Symphonies, along with a coloring technique called Technicolor. Between 1931 and 1932, Walt also created the now worldwide  famous characters, Pluto and Goofy.

 

After all of those events, Walt and Lillian had their first child, Diane Marie Disney. on December 18, 1933. Soon after, Donald Duck made his debut in 1934, in the Silly Symphonies episode called, The Wise Little Hen,” which was followed by Walt and his wife adopting Sharon Mae Disney on December 21, 1936. Additionally, Walt released the movie, “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs,” in Los Angeles in December 21, 1937, and he later won an honorary Academy Award for the film. Sadly, Walt’s mother, Flora, died on November 26, 1938 because of defective furnace in a house Walt and Roy had bought for her and her husband. This made Walt blame himself for her death. Walt’s state of sadness got even worse when his father, Elias, died in August seventeen, 1941, only 3 years after his mother had passed away.

Biography Part 2

However, on July 17, 1955, Disneyland, a theme park Walt had been planning for a really long time, finally welcomed guests from around the world. Even though rides broke down and the park ran out of food and drinks on the first day, it is now one of the most visited and popular theme parks in the world. But sadly, Walt died on December 12, 1966, just 10 days after his 65th birthday. The cause of death was lung cancer, and he was never able to see his second theme park, Walt Disney World, come to life. However, he will always be remembered by many people, and his legacy will forever live on. Walt also created many other films, with the most popular being, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, and Bambi.

Biography Part 3

Characters The Animator created

Pluto

Mickey Mouse

Goofy