OVERCOMING OBSTACLES AND MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE
“All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney
- Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.
- He was 9 when he first started school.
- Walt's mother was named Flora Call Disney and his father's name was Elias Disney. He had 4 siblings.
- He had three brothers named Roy O Disney, Herbert Arthur Disney, and Raymond Arnold Disney. He also had one sister named Ruth Flora Disney.
- His mother never understood why he loved to draw cartoons
- Was in newspaper delivery with his brother
- Had a summer job selling snacks and newspapers to travelers
- Joined Red Cross and was sent to France
- In 1919 he left France to come back to Kansas City.
- Left his job to form his first animation studio, Laugh-O-Gram
Obstacles in Life
- At age 22, Walt experienced bankruptcy after the failure of a cartoon series in Kansas City. He headed to Los Angeles with $40 in cash, and an imitation-leather suitcase containing only a shirt, two undershorts, two pairs of socks and some drawing materials. Feeling that others did animation better, his goal was to be an actor out in Hollywood. It never occurred
- His success on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit never got him anywhere cause he didn't hold ownership of the cartoon.
- Went through a time he called "a heck of a breakdown"
- The company had more than $4 million in dept. and business was still slow after WWII
How he overcame these obstacles
Focused on his dreams
Began working on new ideas
- Made many famous animations now, such as Mickey Mouse
- Inspired many other cartoonists and movies
- Has his own amusement parks in California and Florida named after him as a tribute to all his cartoons loved by families and kids