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Famous Animator Booklet

Animator - Walt Disney

By Rosa Stafford

Walt Disney is considered an animation pioneer because he created the first full-length animated film and many others. Snow White (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), along with others.   

I chose this animator because of his inspiring work, he created Mickey Mouse a well known character today and continued with his dreams even if he failed.

Why Walt Disney?

Born on December 5th 1901 in Hermosa, Illinois, Walt Disney started drawing in Marceline, Missouri, where he would sell his pictures to neighbours. When he moved to Kansas City (1911), Disney attended McKinley High School. When he was 16, he dropped out of school to join the army, but was rejected because of his age. However, he kept going and joined the Red Cross where he was sent to France to drive an ambulance for a year.


In 1919, he had moved back to Kansas, Disney's brother Roy got him a job at Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio and this is where he met Ub Iwerks. After a while, Disney and Roy moved to Hollywood and in 1925 he married a woman named Lillian Bounds. 


Disney was on a train from Manhattan to Hollywood and Mickey Mouse appeared on his sketch pad. In November 18, 1928 theyshowed the world Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie and it was very succesful.


The staff creating Snow White were hard at work, his top animaters were looking into female anatomy. Disney decided to give each of the dwarfs their own personality, to make the film more likable. Finding the voice for Snow White was a tough task but they found her, Andriana Caselotti. Later, on December 21, 1937 opening night came and it was a really big hit. 

Walt Disney's Life