THROUGH HIS UPS AND DOWNS
Beginnings- Walt Disney was born in Chicago, IL on December 5, 1901. In 1906, his family moved to a Missouri farm, where he had an good early childhood and first learned to draw.
Walt Disney was an American motion picture and television producer and showman, famous as the creator of Disneyland.Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. His father was Elias Disney, an Irish Canadian, and his mother, Flora Call Disney, was German. Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl. He lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, where he began drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. In 1911, his family moved to Kansas City, where Disney had a love for trains. His uncle, Mike Martin, was a train engineer who worked in Fort Madison, Iowa and Marceline. Disney would work a summer job with the railroad, selling snacks and newspapers to travelers. Disney went to McKinley High School in Chicago, where he took drawing and photography classes . At night, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. When Disney was 16, he dropped out of school to join the Army but was to young. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance.
Disney discovered that Winkler and her husband, Charles Mintz, had stolen the rights to Oswald, with all of Disney’s animators, except for Iwerks. So the Disney brothers , and their wives and Iwerks produced three cartoons with a new character Walt had been developing called Mickey Mouse. The first animated short films with Mickey was Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho, both silent films for which they failed . When sound made its way into film, Disney created a third, sound and music equipped short called Steamboat Willie. With Walt as the voice of Mickey, the cartoon was an instant sensation.
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