Walt Disney

by Jefferson Diniz

Who is he?

Walt Disney and his older brother, Roy O. Disney, together founded The Walt Disney Co. in October 16, 1923. He was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, US and passed on December 15, 1966 (aged 65) in Burbank, California, US from lung cancer. He took night courses at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and attended McKinley High School until he was 16, when he dropped out of high school hoping to join the army, but was rejected for being under-aged. Afterwards, Disney and a friend joined the Red Cross. He was soon sent to France for a year where he drove an ambulance, but only after the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. He later started a short-lived company called Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. Later, Disney's cartoons became widely popular in the Kansas City area, presented as "Newman Laugh-O-Grams". Through their success, he was able to acquire his own studio, also called Laugh-O-Gram, for which he hired a number of additional animators, including his friend Ubbe Iwerks. It was opened on May 18, 1922. but ended up bankrupt. Disney and his brother Roy pooled their money two months after their arrival in Hollywood in October 1923 and set up a cartoon studio. Virginia Davis, the live-action star of Alice's Wonderland, relocated with her family from Kansas City to Hollywood at Disney's request, as did Iwerks and his family. This was the beginning of the Disney Brothers' Studio located on Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake district, where it remained until 1939. In 1925, Disney hired a young woman named Lillian Bounds to ink and paint celluloid. The pair married that same year on July 25, 1925. The characteristics that made him successful are creative, innovative, optimistic, childish, and friendly.

"All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Co.

The Walt Disney Co. is one of the most influential companies in a modern child's life, creating many extremely popular television shows, toys, and video games. It is represented by Mickey Mouse, their most notable character. It was founded in October 16, 192. It had 180 k employees as of 2014, and a revenue of 48.813 bi dollars.
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Mickey Mouse in his first appearance in Steamboat Willie, 1928.


The Disneys' first attempt at pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Lillian became pregnant again and gave birth to daughter Diane Marie Disney, later to be known as Diane Disney Miller, on December 18, 1933. Later, the Disneys adopted Sharon Mae Disney (December 31, 1936 – February 16, 1993).