Walt Disney

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Early Life

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was born December 5, 1901 at 2156 North Tripp Avenue in Chicago's Hermosa community area. When Walt was 4, his family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri, where Walt found is love for drawing with one of the family neighbors. During his freshman year of high school, Walt took night courses at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and became a cartoonist for the school newspaper.

Working Background

After being rejected from the army for being underage, Walt decided to join the Red Cross with a friend and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance but only after the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Walt then worked at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio and created advertisements for newspapers, magazines, and movie theaters.

Company History

The Walt Disney company started in 1923 in the rear of a small office occupied by Holly-Vermont Realty in Los Angeles. In 1925 Disney made a deposit on a Hyperion Avenue lot in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and shortly after started construction. During the next 14 years, many changes took place at the Disney studio: Mickey Mouse was "born" in 1928, followed by Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, and the rest of the Disney gang. In 1937, Disney's first full length animated feature, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. During the 1940s and 1950s many animated features were produced in Burbank, including Fantasia, Bambi, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan and many more.

Interesting Facts

An urban legend maintains that Disney was frozen, and that his frozen corpse was stored beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, but Disney's remains were cremated on December 17, 1966, at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Personal Thoughts

I think Walt Disney worked hard to get where he wanted to be in life, and deserves to be honored at creating ideas for the Disney movies and the creation of Disneyland. He was awarded in recognition of his significant contribution to the city of Anaheim and specifically Disneyland, which is now the Disneyland resort. Disney also inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960 with two stars, one for motion pictures and the other for his television work.