Walt Disney's Road to Success

Tyler Weber, Cassie Jordan, and Taylor Keating

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Biographical Paragraph

Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901. He was brought up in a very successful and driven family. Disney's family moved around a lot, and he found himself with many different jobs from a very young age. He moved back to Chicago when he was in eighth grade. Walt dropped out of school when he was sixteen to join the Army, but was denied and worked at a commercial art studio for about a month before being laid off. He eventually found a job at Kansas City Film Ad Company as an animator. Walt found deep interest in animating, and his boss gave him an old camera for Walt to animate things on his own. Walt made Newman Laugh-O-grams for a theater, but sadly, he could not keep the business going and shut it down. He moved to southern California and started a business with his brother, Roy. They called the business Disney Bros. Studio. Walt then began making some of the well known Disney cartoons you still see around today, and the famous Disneyland in California. Walt began working on plans for a water park, but he died before they could be competed. He passed away on December 15, 1966 of lung cancer from smoking.

Walt's First Sketches

At age 16, Walt was taking courses at the Chicago Art Institute and went to McKinley High School, in Chicago. He took drawing and photography classes at his high school and contributed to the cartoons in the school newspaper. At 18 he moved back to Kansas to pursue his career as a newspaper artist. Soon his brother got him a job at an art studio where he met cartoonist Ub Iwerks and from there he worked on commercials based from simple cartoons and cutout animation. Around this time, he started working with cameras and hand drawings and decided to open his own animation studio. In his own animation studio, he created Oswald, Felix the cat, and a few other early cartoons. A Laugh-O-Gram worked with him too and hired many people to work with him. They made seven-minute fairy tales that included comedy and action. But unfortunately the studio racked up a lot of debt and Walt was forced to file bankruptcy on the company.

The Sketching and Ideas of Mickey Mouse

A few years later but not long after they closed the studio, they found out that Winkler and her husband Charles Mintz had stolen the rights to Oswald and all other Disney animators. Right away, the Disney brothers released an animated cartoon they had been working on for a while called MIckey Mouse. There were three different animation shorts featuring this character. They were called Plane Crazy, The Gallopin' Guacho, and Steamboat Willie. Walt was the original voice of Mickey and all was a success.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse was one of the first animations Walt drew. Once Mickey was released, he surpassed Felix the cat to become the world's most popular cartoon. Mickey Mouse won many academy awards for Walt.

Oswald The Lucky Rabbit

Oswald was created by Walt DIsney and was released in 1927. He starred in a series of 26 black and white animated shorts. He was the first Disney character to produce merchandise. The idea for this character came from Disney's film distributor at that time, Mr. Charles Mintz who suggested a change in direction to keep people interested in Walt's productions. According to the article: Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Mickey's predecessor, "Oswald- created by UB Iwerks and Walt- was a spunky and mischievous character with a personality and a look that would later be reminiscent of a certain famous mouse." Often times people have said Mickey Mouse is Oswald with round ears. Oswald's appearances remained popular for the next 17 months. But soon after the news of this new character calmed down, DIsney found out he lost the rights to him to his old film distributor Charles Mintz and his wife who also later lost rights to Oswald. Walt learned from this loss and went on to create another special, successful character that no one would ever take away from him.
Mini BIO - Walt Disney

Inspiring Quotes

"All of the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." - Walt Disney


"A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive."- Walt Disney

Overcoming His Obstacles

All through his life Walt had to overcome multiple obstacles. He had to constantly show all of the doubters that he could peruse his dream and that he could accomplish his goals. After overcoming all of the adversity that he faced throughout his life Walt had never gave in and eventually became one of the most historic figures in cartoon history.

Walt's Life Theme

Walt Disney's life theme is to keep working towards your goals and never let go. Walt was told by many people that he could not do something or that he wasn't good at much. He chose to ignore their harsh criticism and kept on trying to find something that he liked and was good at. He tried for a while, but he finally found animating, and he loved it.

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