Walt Disney

By: Breanna Clark

Biography of Walt Disney

Walt Disney had been drawing since before he could remember. He spent most of his life in Marceline, Missouri and that is where he really started to love drawing and painting. He even started selling his work to neighbors and family friends. After he spent a year in France driving an ambulance, he returned to Kansas City only to start to pursue his career. This lead him to create timeless films that we continue to watch and love today.


In the early 1920's, Disney's first studio went bankrupt and he had to close it down. He and hid brother Roy soon pooled all their money together and were able to move to Hollywood along with a friend, Ub Iwerks. The three then started the Disney Brother's Studio. Their first big deal was with Margret Winkler, who was a New York distributor. She helped them to distribute their "Alice" cartoons.

Facing Problems

A few years after singing with Winkler, Disney found out that she and her husband had stolen all their rights to "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit". Along with that, Winkler took all of Disney's animators. To make up for what was lost, the Disney brothers and Iwerks, along with the help of the brothers' wives, came up with new and improves character that Walt had previously been working on. They failed to find a way to distribute two silent films, "Plane Crazy" and "The Galloping Gaucho". Although, when sound made its way into films, Disney created a third short film called "steamboat Willie", and with Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey, the cartoon became a sensation. This had become the beginning of Walt Disney's career.

Does Walt Disney preferred to be called Walt or Mr. Disney?