By: Anna Donaldson
The Life of Walt Disney
Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901. He was born in Hermosa, Illinois to a family of five children. He began selling drawings and paintings to neighbors and family friends at the age of 7. He attended McKinley High School where he was the contributing cartoonist for the school. During high school, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute at nights. In 1919, Walt moved to Kansas City to become a newspaper artist. He decided to open his own animation business called Laugh-O-Grams. This eventually led him to become bankrupt and move to Hollywood where his brother lived. There, Walt and his brother opened the Disney Brother Studio. One of his first employees was an ink and paint artist named Lillian Bounds. Soon after she was hired they got married.
A few years later sound was able to be put into film. Disney produced a short clip called Steamboat Willie with his voice as Mickey Mouse. The cartoon was an instant sensation and his first major airing. After this, the Disney Brother Studio took off and produced more films. People loved the work of Disney. Later on, Walt created the first full length animated film called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
In 1955, Walt Disney got his dream of a clean and organized amusement park called Disneyland costing him 17 million dollars. Walt Disney continued making films until he passed away from lung cancer on December 15, 1966 at the age of 65. At the end of his career, Walt Disney had produced 653 films and shorts. He had won 26 Academy Awards and holds the record for most wins and nomination titles.
1. What three men opened the Disney Brothers Studio?2. What was the first film created in the Disney Brothers Studio?
(Hint: The corner stone of the company.)
3. What was the inspiration behind Walt creating Disneyland?
Disney Brothers Studio
This is a photo of Walt, his brother Roy and Walt's friend Ub Iwerks at the opening of the Disney Brothers Studio in Hollywood. This studio was where very important creations such as Mickey Mouse were born.
Steamboat Willie was the first film to be created with sound. Walt's voice was used for Mickey Mouse. The cartoon was an instant sensation and Walt's first major airing.
Walt Disney had a dream to create a clean and organized amusement park. His dream was accomplished with the creation of Disneyland costing 17 million dollars. This picture is of Walt presenting his idea for Disneyland in a meeting.