By: Tycen Hunter
Walt disney was born on December 5, 1901, in the Hermosa section of Chicago, Illinois. He died on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65. Walt Disney was a very devout Congregationalist Christian, the religion of his family, and was named after the family minister.Disney’s political leanings are well-known to be conservative, anti-union, and paranoia about communism. Disney was an associate of the poster boy for American anti-communist, Joe McCarthy, and even testified against some of his Hollywood peers in McCarthy’s infamous House Un-American Activities Committee. His father was Elias Disney, an Irish-Canadian, and his mother, Flora Call Disney, was German-American. Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl.
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.
When Disney returned from France in 1919, he moved back to Kansas City to pursue a career as a newspaper artist. His brother Roy got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, where he met cartoonist Ubbe Eert Iwwerks, better known as Ub Iwerks. From there, Disney worked at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he made commercials based on cutout animation. Around this time, Disney began experimenting with a camera, doing hand-drawn cel animation, and decided to open his own animation business.
Walt disney was an animator for majority of his life. yet his highest education was high school even though he dropped out at age 16. He was married to his only wife lillian disney and had one daughter. one of his famous quotes were "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Some interesting facts about disney is that Mickey Mouse’s original name was Mortimer Mouse, but Walt’s wife thought the name sounded “pompous.” When Walt Disney revealed to the world his plans to make an animated feature length adaptation of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” many film insiders thought it was going to destroy the company. They dubbed the film “Disney’s Folly.” Walt Disney was a founding member of the “Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals,” created to defend the film industry against communist infiltration.