Walt Disney By- emily ciPolla

Walter Elius "Walt" Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Hermosa Illinois. When he moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri he grew to love the animals on the farm. His family moved again, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri and that is where Walt started taking art lessons. He dropped out of high school to serve in WWI, he was 17 at the time. When he returned from the war he returned to Kansas City to work as a commercial illustrator and later made crude animated cartoons.

By 1922 he had set up his own shop as a partner of Ub Lwerks, whose drawing ability and technical skill were major factors in his eventual success. His work with Ub Lwerks in 1923 eventually failed and that is what sent him to Hollywood, California. In 1925 he married Lillian Bounds who was an ink artist. With his older brother, Roy, he began to create Oswald the rabbit cartoons for universal studios. A contract dispute made it hard for him to continue work so he and his brother decided to create their own character. Their first success came with steamboat Willie which was the first all around sound cartoon. Disney was the sound of the then called "Mortimer Mouse", which Lillian thought sounded better than steamboat Willie.

By the 1930's Disney shorts were known all over the world. This success led to Disney branching out to advertising, publishing, and merchandising. He expanded his studio to include a training school for upcoming artists/cartoonists. With the help of his students he created the first feature length cartoon, Snow White, which came out in 1937. Many other feature films were created soon after. On July 18, 1957, Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Which is the most successful theme park in history, with 6.7 million people visiting it by his death in 1966. Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966 from lung cancer.


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