Walt Disney


Biographical Information

  • His full name is Walter Elias Disney
  • He was born on December 5, 1901
  • He died on December 15, 1966
  • He has 4 siblings, 1 sister and 4 brothers
  • He was born in Illinois and died in California


Walt Disney is one of the few people who changed the world. His family moved to Marceline, Missouri from Chicago. His love for drawing began then, he sold his drawings to his neighbors and relatives. In 1911, his family moved to Kansas City. He attended McKinley High School, where he was the school's paper cartoonist. His classes were mostly related to art like, photography and drawing. He also took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. Around 1917, he dropped out of school to join the army but they rejected him because he was too young. "Instead he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance (Biography.com)". When he came back in 1919, he started working for a newspaper and he became an artist there. His brother Roy soon got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, which was where he met Ubbe Iwerks. Later on, Disney started working at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he made animated ads for them. He soon decided to open his own animation business. He recruited Fred Harman as his first employee. They named their cartoons Laugh-O-Grams. They started playing their cartoons at the theater but by 1923, they went bankrupt.

So then, Disney and his brother, Roy, moved to Hollywood. It turned out that Iwerks relocated to California, so the three of them started the Disney Brothers' Studio. Their first deal was with Margaret Winkler, a New York distributor, to distribute their Alice cartoons. They soon invented Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. In 1925, Disney hired an artist named Lillian Bound, they both ended up marrying each other. Five years later, Disney discovered that Winkler and her husband had stolen the rights to Oswald, along with all of Disney's animators, except for Iwerks. RIght away, the Disney brothers produced three cartoons featuring their brand new character, Mickey Mouse. "...the cartoon was an instant sensation (Biography.com)". In 1929, Disney created Silly Symphonies, which featured 4 new characters, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. They made millions of dollars with these cartoons. The $17 million Disneyland opened up in 1955. It was a place where families would be enjoyed and entertained. Sadly, Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer and died while the place was still under construction. Walter Elias Disney was the man who changed the world with a mouse.


Walt Disney created something that entertained and always will entertain people. If Oswald wasn't stolen, we wouldn't even know about Mickey Mouse. His brother Roy was really important because without him, Disney would've always been known as Walt Disney, the newspaper dude. Not Walt Disney, the creator of Disneyland.

Work Cited

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