Walt Disney

Walt Disney
Walt Disney was one of the famous motion-picture producers in history.

He first became known in the 1920’s and 1930’s for creating such cartoon film
characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He later produced feature length
cartoon films, movies about wild animals in their natural surroundings, and
films starring human actors. Disney won 32 Academy Awards for his movies and
for scientific and technical contributions to filmmaking. He also gained fame
for his development of theme parks.

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Walter Elias Disney was born on Dec. 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. His
family moved to Missouri, and he spent much of his boyhood on a farm near
Marceline. At the age of 16, Disney studied art in Chicago. In 1920, he joined
the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he helped make cartoon advertisements to
be shown in movie theaters.

In 1923, Disney moved to Los Angeles to become a film producer or
director. When he failed to find a job, he returned to producing cartoons.

He set up his first studio in the back half of a real estate office. For
several years, Disney stuggled to pay his expenses. He gained success in 1928,
when he released the first short cartoons that featured Mickey Mouse. Earlier
filmmakers had found that animals were easier to animate than people. Mickey
Mouse, drawn with a series of circles, proved ideal for animation.

In 1927, sound that had been added to motion pictures, and a process for
making movies in color was developed a few years later. Disney and his staff
made imaginative use of sound and color. Disney himself provided Mickey Mouse’s
voice for Steamboat Willie (1928), the first cartoon to use synchronized sound.

His cartoon Flowers and Trees (1932) was the first cartoon in full Technicolor.

From 1929 to 1939, Disney produced a cartoon series called Silly
Symphonies, which played in theaters along with other animated films featuring
Mickey Mouse and other characters, like Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. After
1924, Disney actually did more of the drawing necessary for his animated films.

His genius lay in creating, organizing, and directing the films.

In 1937, Disney issued the first full-length animated feature film to be
produced by a studio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It became one of the
most popular movies in history. Disney’s later full-length animated films
included Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942),
Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the
Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959), 101 Dalmations (1961), and the Jungle Book
(released in 1967, after his death). In 1950, Disney released Treasure Island,
his first full-length movie to use only human actors. Mary Poppins (1964),
which combines human actors with animation, is the most successful of Disney’s
later films.

During World War II (1939 to 1945), Disney’s studio made educational
films for the U.S. government as well as cartoon comedies. After the war,
Disney created fewer animated movies. He concentrated on making films that
starred real animals or human actors. In 1948, Disney released Seal Island.

This short movie was the first in a series of ”True-Life Adventures” that
showed how animals lived in nature. In 1953, Disney released his first full-
length nature film, The Living Desert. All of his nature movies included scenes
of animal life rarely seen by human beings.

After television became popular about 1950, many filmmakers either
ignored T.V. or fought it as a threat to the movie industry. But Disney
adjusted easily to the new form of entertaiment. He hosted a weekly show that
presented Disney films made especially for television, featuring such characters
as Davy Crockett, and Ludwing Von Drake.

Disney achieved one of his greatest successes in 1955, when he opened
Disneyland, a spectacular theme park in Ahaheim, California. Many of the
attractions at the park are based on the Disney films.

During his last years, Disney developed plans for building a huge
entertainment and educational complex in Florida. This project, known as Walt
Disney World, was completed after Disney’s death. Disney died on Dec. 15, 1966,
in Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Company carried on Disney’s work after his
Music and Movies

Walt Disney

Walt Disney, one of Americas most famous producers of
all time, admired by people of all races and ages, from children to great
grandpas and grandmas, Walt Disney was definitely a popular man. I
really admire him for his productions, his animations, and his
accomplishments. He shows his leadership by the goals in which he set
and achieved. Also by the people he directed and assisted. Walt Disney
Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.
He left school at the age of sixteen. Later he was educated at art
schools in Chicago and Kansas City. In 1923 he began producing
animated motion pictures in Hollywood in partnership with his brother
Roy O. Disney. Walts first cartoon series was Oswald the Rabbit. He
produced it for Universal Studios in 1926. Steamboat Willie was
produced in 1928 by his own company. This was when Disneys most
popular and enduring cartoon character, Mickey Mouse was
introduced. Steamboat Willie utilized sound for the first time in an
animated cartoon. Many other characters which are popular today
were introduced later. For example, in 1930 Pluto was first seen in the
cartoon The Chain Gang. Then in 1932 Goofy was seen by the public
in Mickeys Revenue. Donald Duck appeared in 1934 in The Wise
Little Hen. One of Walts first awards was given in 1932. Walt won an
honorary Oscar (Academy Award) for his creation of Mickey Mouse.
His first animated feature-length film was produced in 1937. Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs still remains popular today. In 1939
The Wizard of Oz became a Disney Movie Classic. Many Childrens
books have since inspired Disney feature length animated films such as
The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast,
Peter Pan, Aladdin, and many more!
Other than creating and producing animations Disney also has
many other accomplishments. He first opened Anaheim, Californias
Disneyland in July of 1955. $17 million dollars was invested in this
amusement park and it began with 22 attractions. Ten years later, in
1965, the investment was recorded as $48 million dollars with 47
attractions. Disney was soon making comments of starting a second
Disneyland. In 1958 he was already evaluating possible sites for his
second park. A year later he decided on Florida. He began sketching
out hotels, lakes, campgrounds, and entrances for visitors and tourists.
Unfortunately the week after the plans for the Second Disneyland
were publicly announced on television, Walt died of lung cancer.
His partner of 40 years, brother Roy O. Disney, carried on with Walt
Disney World. On October 1, 1971 the Magic Kingdom opened at
Walt Disney World. This 27,400 acre park was a fantastic success.
Consisting of The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, MGM Studios, water parks,
hotels, race tracks, and golf courses. Disney World is quite a large
Over the years, from the 1920s to the 1990s Walt Disney has
been a very admired individual. All over the world you will find theme
parks, stores, pictures, souvenirs, shirts, and other items representing
him and his works. His animations and creations have remained very
I would have to say he is my most admired leader because he
reaches out to children with his animations. He makes people and
families happy with his movies and his theme parks set in the perfect
and blissful world. He fulfilled his dreams and his goals by creating
animations and making people cheerful. His leadership skills are shown
by his orchestration of the construction of two world known and
loved theme parks which promote wholesome family morals. He also
used his leadership skills when creating the well known mouse,
Mickey and friends. His animations have touched the hearts of many
and still bring all of us a special magic!
Walt Disney was a well known, fantastic leader. He showed the
characteristics of a good leader by his goals, actions, and
accomplishments. Walt Disney is and will always be my admired leader
Walt Disney Master of Make Believe
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