Walt Disney

The struggles of Disney and how he came to be.

Birth and Death.

On December 5, 1901 Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. Ten days and sixty-five years later on December 15, 1966 Walt Disney died. But not without leaving much joy to the world.

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What did Disney do?

Walt Disney was an American motion picture and television producer and show man, famous as a pioneer of cartoon films and the creator of Disneyland. Disney was the original creator of mickey mouse.Walt and his friend Harman made a deal with a local Kansas City theater to screen their cartoons, which they called Laugh-O-Grams. The cartoons were hugely popular, and Disney was able to acquire his own studio, upon which he bestowed the same name.

How did he struggle?

At age 22, Walt Disney went bankrupt because he took a risky move when he moved to LA with $40 and one suitcase. In the early 1930 Walt suffered many breakdowns, he was anxious about his how much profit he would get from his cartoon shorts.Beyond being irritable at his employees, that breakdown included sleepless hours in bed at night. There were story sessions where he was completely unfocused and unable to contribute. He would even plunge into crying spells at a moment's notice. The company had more than $4 million in debts, and business was still very slow in the aftermath of World War II. The company was distributing films in Europe, but they had difficulty getting monies to come back to the Studios in the United States. Described by Roy O. Disney as "the lost years," after a heated exchange one night, he told Walt: "Look, you're letting this place drive you to the nuthouse. That's one place I'm not going with you!" Still, Walt struggled to deal with the stress he was facing.Walt could not find the money to build Disneyland.