Walt Disney

By: Hailey Lemaster

Biography of Walt Disney

Walt Disney, also known as Walter Elias Disney, was born on December 5th, 1901. He was born in Hermosa, Illinois, but spent most of his childhood living in Marceline, Missouri, and moved to Kansas City in 1911. His father is Irish and his mother is German. As a child, he loved drawing and painting and was even the cartoonist for his school paper. He spent his teen years at Chicago Art Institute, taking drawing and photography classes. Disney dropped out of school when he was 16 to pursue his Hollywood dreams. He returned to Kansas City where the city let him play "Laugh-O-Grams" which were short cartoons. He also aired 7 minute fairy tales such as Alice In Wonderland. In the early 1920's, Disney, and his brother Roy, finally pooled enough money to take them to Hollywood. His first major production was Mickey Mouse, a character that most people know of today. It wasn't until the late 1920's all of the Mickey Mouse characters were brought together. Disney called these shows Silly Symphonies, and they were the first productions to be played in color. Disney also produced the first full-length film, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. That movie alone won 8 Oscar's and brought in almost 1.5 million dollars. Disney would go on to produce many popular family movies such as Pinnocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi.
The History of Mickey Mouse
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Walt Disney greatly impacted the 1920's and he still has a great impact in 2014. In the 1920's he brought things to the country that people had never seen, such as colored cartoons and full-length animated films. Today, there is still a Disney Channel on our televisions, and Mickey Mouse is still being produced in shows for children.