Walt Disney

By Paige Contorno

The beginning

Walt was born December 5, 1901, in Chicago Illinois. He lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri with his three brothers and his sister. His past time was painting, drawing and sell his artwork to make money. When Walt was ten, his family packed up and moved to Kansas City. Later he would work jobs at the railroad and sell newspapers to people. Walt attended school back in Chicago, taking courses on photography. He dropped out at 16 to enroll into the army, but only managed to get a job in the Red Cross in France. When Walt moved back home He decided to have a career in being a newspaper artist.

Getting In The Bussiness

In 1919, Walt worked at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, then a advertising company. There he met Fred Harman, his first partner in the animation business. Around this time Walt had started experimenting with Drawing cel animation and cameras; He finally decided to open up his own animation company.

Laugh O Grams

Walt and Harman, (his first employee) made a deal with a Kansas theater, to show there short animations known as Laugh O Grams. They were wildly popular, so to keep up with it, Disney hired more employees including Iwerks (A man he had met earlier in his career). Until they went bankrupt in 1923.

The Good, The Bad, and The Better

Walt and his brother Roy, and Iwerks Moved to California. Where they began Disney Brother's Studio, they started releasing Alice cartoons with a New York Dealer. They also cam up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Walt needed some more help to he hired Lillian Bounds, a ink and Paint artist; They later married. All was good for Walt until, the new York dealer stole the rights to Oswald. He was having trouble, Having his laugh O Grams go bankrupt and losing Oswald, he was having a somewhat Character vs. Society Conflicting problem. By that time Disney had started working on a character called Mickey Mouse. The first two animations released with Mickey has Failed. Then he tried a short that was made with sound in it, it was called Steamboat Willie, with instantaneous success. From then on Walt had created many cartoons, characters, Movies, Theme parks, ect.
Mini BIO - Walt Disney

Closing Notes

Walt Disney accomplished many great things in his life. But it wasn't all easier going, he had to overcoming his obstacles from people in society. So I guess the theme of his story is to never give up, now matter what is thrown at you; after all he wrote it himself. " The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting." -Walt Disney