Walt Disney

Birth: December 5, 1901 Chicago Illinois

Death: December 15, 1966 in Burbank California

Main accomplishment: Founded Walt Disney productions with his brother Roy

ChildHood

~He grew up in Marceline, Missouri

.....He liked drawing and selling what he created

~His family moved to Kansas City when he was 10

~He went to Mckinley Highschool in Chicago

.....He took drawing and photography classes while there

.....Took night classes at The Chicago Art Institute

Army

~Dropped out of highschool at 16 in order to join the army

.....He was rejected due to his young age

~Joined the Redcross instead and was sent to France to drive an ambulance

Starting His Career

~When he returned from France, he pursued a job as a newspaper artist

.....Got a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Studios

.....Met Ub Iwerks\

~Worked at Kansas City Film Ad Company

.....Made commercials based on cut-out animation

His Own Business

Opened Animation Business

~Made short animations and called them laugh-o-grams

.....Ub Iwerks helped

.....showed their cartoons at a local theatre

~They became bankrupt and were forced to shut down

Hollywood

~Him, his brother, and Ub went to Hollywood

~A new york distributer put their alice cartoons out

......Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created

~In 1925 he married an artist he had hired

Mickey Mouse

~Someone had stolen the rights to Oswald the Rabbit

~They quickly distributed a new character, Mickey Mouse

.....Later Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto were added

~Some of the short animations won Oscars

Films

~Snow White won Oscars

~Earned 1.449 million during the Great Depression

~Pinnochio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi were introduced over the next 5 years

Growing

~1939, new campus in burbank

.....Strike among employees setback some production

.....More than 100 features were produced

Disneyland

~opened in 1955

~Tourists from around the world

Death

~December 15 1965 died of lung cancer

.....65 years old

.....cremated

~His brother carried out his plans for the new theme park he had been working on, opening in 1971 as Walt Disney World


Interesting Facts

*When deciding the name for his first theme park, Walt Disney even considered "Mickey Mouse Village" before settling on Disneyland.

*Mickey Mouse's first name was Mortimer Mouse, but Disney's wife didn't like and suggested Mickey Mouse

*When he died, he scribbled the words "Kurt Russell on a piece of paper. To this day no one knows what it meant. Not even Kurt Russell himself.