Walt Disney

Animator and Movie Producer

Born and Where: December 5, 1901 in Hermosa, Chicago, IL

Death and Where: December 15, 1996 in Burbank, California

Cause of Death: Lung cancer

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Early Life

Walt Disney was born in Chicago, IL on December 5, 1901 as a lower to middle class family of 5. He lived there until he was 5 years old, then moved to a farm that was close to the city of Marceline, Missouri. He started his art by taking sticks covered in tar and painted on the house. Most of his art was of farm animals. Disney Cared very little for his schoolwork and paid more attention to art.

Getting involved

Disney began to pursue his career in art by enrolling into McKinley High School and taking art classes at the Chicago Institute of Art. Then, in Kansas City, he got a job as an advertising apprentice and met a Dutch cartoonist named Ub Iwerks. They then began learning basic animations together and created 1 minute cartoon commercials. After that, they began to create 7 minute animations of fairytales together.

Choices & Results

Walt Disney deciding to never give up really helped him and the rest of the world in the future. He created Walt Disneyland, also called "the happiest place on earth." He created Mickey Mouse and many animated movies. These movies and tv shows were funny and happy, which also made the people who watched happy. Walt Disney's company is still thriving and making people happy to this day.

In His/her words

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." -Walt Disney

"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." -Walt Disney

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This is a picture of Walt Disney surrounded by Mouseketeers.


"He is a man who lifted America's spirits through the Great Depression and two World Wars, and he is still present in spirit today as his company, Walt Disney Productions, continues to define family entertainment in the United States. The legacy of Walter Elias Disney strongly impacts the movie industry, toys, children's clothing and accessories like backpacks and toothbrushes, books and music, and vacation plans. In Children's Books and Their Creators, Terri Payne Butler wrote that "Nearly three decades after his death, 'Disney' is no longer a name, but a conjuring word, summoning collective memories of poisoned apples, pumpkined carriages, and raucous blue genies."

Words for him/her

"I really cite Walt Disney as teaching me everything I know. It sounds crazy, but I'm serious! In 'Bambi,' the mother dies, but you don't see the corpse. You see the father, the stag, come up and you see 'Bambi' alone, and that has so much more impact than seeing a mutilated deer." -Matthew Gray Gubler

"Walt Disney was not a merchant of sadness." -James MacArthur

"The Walt Disney Animation studio is the studio that Walt Disney started himself in 1923, and it's never stopped and never closed its doors and never stopped making animation, and it keeps going as kind of the heart and soul of the company." - John Lasseter


Walt Disney has showed the world that even in its darkest days, there is still light and happiness in the world. His happiness and imagination is still present in his company today. One of his proudest achievements is Walt Disneyworld, a place full of fun and imagination. It still excites kids and adults to this day.

Annotated bibliography

1.Edelman, Rob. "Disney, Walt." Encyclopedia of Western Life. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Student Edition. Web. 5 May 2016. I chose this source because it had a lot of information on Walt Disney. The information mainly had things about his childhood and his company.

2."Walt Disney." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 22. Detroit: Gale, 1997. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 6 May 2016. This source had very many items about Walt Disney’s Life. It talked about the hardships he overcame.

3."Disney World." MCT Photos. 2012. Student Edition. Web. 6 May 2016. I chose this image because it is of Walt Disney World. Walt Disney’s spirit is still present in his company today.


I chose this source because it tells me why and how Walt Disney was able to do these things and why he did it.


I chose to use this source because it describes why he built Disneyland.

6."Walt Disney surrounded by Mouseketeers Linda Hughes, Cheryl Holdridge, and Kevin Corcoran on the set..." Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century America. Ed. Cynthia Johnson and Lawrence W. Baker. 2nd ed. Vol. 3: 1940s-1950s. Detroit: UXL, 2012. U.S. History In Context. Web. 7 May 2016. This source provided a picture of Walt Disney on the set of The Mickey Mouse Club. He was smiling and it really captured his happiness.

7 . "Walt(er) (Elias) Disney." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 7 May 2016. This source provided a lot of information on his profession and his legacy. It told me so much specific information on life.

8. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/matthewgra522765.html?src=t_walt_disney

This source provided me with a quote that really sums up Walt Disney. A man who made people feel something.

9. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/walt_disney.html

This source had a simple quote about Walt Disney. It said how he was a person of happiness.


This source gave me a quote about how Walt Disney’s soul and spirit never died.