WALT DISNEY

Jamison Williams

Walt Disney was and still is a very well-known motion-picture television producer and the idea behind Mickey Mouse and the creator of Disneyland.  

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Hermosa, Chicago to Elias and Flora Call Disney.  His parents also had 4 other children : Roy, Ruth, Herbert, and Raymond.  As he got older, he began his freshman year at McKinley and took night courses at The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.  Eventually, Walt Disney dropped out of high school to join the army, but was rejected because of his age.  

BEFORE MICKEY MOUSE

At the age of 18, he got his first job in Kansas City working as a newspaper artist. There he met famous cartoonist Ub Iwerks. Later on, Walt decided to open up his own animation business. From the ad company, he hired Fred Harman and they made a deal that they would create a cartoon together and then screen them.  They called the cartoon Laugh-O-Grams.  He was able to open up his own studio from the cartoon, but the studio eventually became burdened with debt and Walt had to file bankruptcy in 1923.  Soon, Walt and his brother, Roy, combined their money together and moved to Hollywood.  There, they created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  In 1925, he hired and ink-and-paint named Lillian Bounds, which he later on would marry in that same year and have two children by the names of Diane and Sharon Disney.  They stayed married up until the time he died in 1966 of cancer.  

MICKEY MOUSE

Mickey Mouse was produced by Roy and Walt Disney, their wives and Iwerks after Margaret Winkler and her husband, Charles Mintz, had stolen the rights the to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  Mickey Mouse was developed by Walt Disney.  The first animated short films to feature Mickey were Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho.  Once sound made its way to film, Walt created a third short film named Steamboat Willie.   

RELIGION AND POLITICS

Walt Disney was a Congregationalist.  Congregationalist churches are Protestants Christian churches that independently and autonomously runs it's own affairs.  He was never ashamed and always spoke of his faith publicly.  

Walt's political learnings were conservative, anti-union, and paranoid of communism.  It's been said that he was a secret Nazi because he hung out with Nazi sympathizers and attended Nazi Party meetings.  

FAMOUS QUOTE

"I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with 'expressing' myself with obscure creative impressions."

FRIENDS

Ub Iwerks

Tim Burton

Otto Messmer

Gene Deitch

Walter Lantz

INTERESTING  FACTS

He was named a his family's minister.  

He was the voice of Mickey Mouse in the short film, Steamboat Willie.  

Although people may think it's true, he was not cryogenically frozen when he died.  

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