Walt Disney

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
made by R.M .

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, and died on December 15, 1966.

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Significant Events in History that Affected Walt Life

  • World war I
  • lung cancer
  • living on a farm
  • a master of entertainment

Walt's Childhood

Walter was the fourth son of Elias Disney. Walter had two brothers and a sister. Walter and his family lived on a farm,in Chicago. Walt loves all the  animals that he lived around.

People that influenced walt's life

  • Walters mom
  • Walters brothers and his sister
  • Walters college teacher

Walt's accomplishments

The first of his films was an 'Alice Comedy' feature, a series which proved popular between 1923 and 1927. On 13th July 1925, Disney married one of his employees, Lillian Bounds, with whom he was to have two daughters, Diane Marie and Sharon Mae.

However, Disney’s breakthrough success came with the creation of his Mickey Mouse character, for whom Disney himself provided the original voice. The character debuted in the 1928 silent cartoon, 'Plane Crazy'; however, the advent of sound technology enabled Disney to produce the first synchronized sound cartoon.

Mickey Mouse’s screen debut, 'Steamboat Willie', premiered at the Colony Theater in New York on 18th November 1918. A string of successes followed, including the first full-length color cartoon film, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', in 1937.

In 1932, Disney received a special Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse, whose series was moved into color in 1935 and soon launched spin off series for supporting characters such as Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto.

Unique facts

  • In 1927, Walt Disney was struggling. But then he hit it big with a character named Oswald the Rabbit. He sold the rights of the character to Universal and it became Disney’s biggest success at that time, rivaling contemporary cartoons Krazy Kat and Felix the Cat.
  • In 1928, Disney went to negotiate a better contract for the rabbit and his animators, but Universal had other plans. They wanted Disney to take a twenty percent cut. Negotiations fell through and Oswald the Rabbit, since his rights were actually owned by Universal, became property of Universal.

the theme of Walters life

Walt just felt like he could do anything he could set his mind to, and accomplish it. He believed in his self and that all that matters.

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