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Walt Disney

By: Sarah Sahawneh

I chose Walt Disney for an animator because he


created many shows or movies I used to watch like


Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, Bambi,


Dumbo, and other fun shows. Plus, on occasions, I


go to Disneyland. First thing I thought of was Walt


Disney. That's how I chose this famous animator. 



I consider Walt Disney as an animation pioneer


because he has been animating many shows and


movies for many years. He got many people to


watch them. All his cartoons got popular and many


people loved them.



Walt Disney was born in December 5th, 1901. He lived

 mostly in Missouri. He sold drawings and paintings to his

family. He also took classes McKinley High School

Chicago but dropped out at 16 to join the Army. He was rejected for being underage, and instead, joined the Red

Cross in France. When he returned from France in 1919,

he moved to Kansas City for a newspaper artist career.

His brother got him a job at Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio. At this time he worked on commericals based on cut-out animation. He began 

working with a camera doing hand-drawn cel animation. Disney's first animation studio was Laugh-O-Gram. He then 

decided to make his own animation buisness. In 1925, Walt Disney hired a

ink-and-paint artist named Lillian Bounds. After some time, they got married. A few

years later, Disney developed a character named Mickey Mouse. The first animated cartoons feauturing Mickey were called "Plane Crazy" and "The Gallopin' Gaucho." Mickey Mouse's original named was Mortimer from 1928 to 1947 though. Walt Disney was the original voice behind Mickey Mouse. In 1928, Disney made "Silly Symphonies" which had Mickey and his new created friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald duck, Goofy and Pluto. Walt Disney's favorite character was Goofy. On December 21st, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfes premired in Los Angeles. It won a total of 8 oscars. During the next 5 years, Walt Disney made more animated films. Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942). In December 1939, a new campus for Walt Disney Studios was opened in Burbank. During the mid-1940s, Disney created a group of shorts strung together to make full length. In 1950 though, he was focused on animated features again. Cinderella was then created in 1950 followed by a live-action film called Treasure Land (1950), Alice In Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959), and 101 Dalmatians (1961). Disney won 22 Academy Awards and was nominated 59 times. Disney's Disneyland themepark then opened on July 17, 1955. After years of the opening, in 1966, Disney had lung cancer. He died on December 15 1966, age 65. His last words "Kurt Russell" was scribbled on a piece of paper. His last movie before death was The Jungle Book.


Some Of Disney's Character Creations

(Pictures are from Google) 

"Walt Disney's Life." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.

Nix, Elizabeth. "7 Things You May Not Know About Walt Disney." A&E Television Networks, 24 Feb. 2015. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.

Davidson, Jacob. "10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Walt Disney |" Time. Time, n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.

Kim, Larry. "31 Surprising Facts About Walt Disney." N.p., 29 Apr. 2015. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.

"Biography." For Kids: Walt Disney. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2016. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2016.

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