Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, on December 5th in 1901. Everyone knows him as Walt Disney. Disney was a man of many talents; working as a producer, director, screen writer and voice-actor on his projects. Disney is famously known as a film producer, creating iconic fictional characters. In 1980 his family moved to Illinois, where his brother Roy lived.
While in Marceline, Disney developed a love for drawing and trains. Disney stayed in Marceline for four years before moving to Kansas City. Here Walt and his sister would attend The Benton Grammar School. Soon, Walt met Walter Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer was a theatre aficionado’s. Walter would also introduce him to Vaudeville and motion pictures.
Later on Disney would develop his art education, to this point he was considering being an actor or drawing political cartoons/comic strips. When Disney was unable to find work , his brother Roy, who worked at a local bank found him find a job through a bank colleague. Disney was hired by Persmen-Rubin. There he created ad’s for newspapers, magazines, and movie theatres. At Persmen-Rubin he met a cartoonist named Ubbe Iwerks.
The two formed a small company called ” Iwerks-Disney commercial Art.” This company was short – lived. Disney then found work at the Kansas City Film Ad Company. Here he took an interest in animation. Disney’s first cartoons were a series of shorts called ” Laugh-O-Grams”. They had been shown at a local theatre of a popular showman named Fred Harman. Laugh-O Gram was extremely successful.
Disney was then able to acquire his own studio – unfortunately with the cost of the animators , Disney was unable to manage the money. At one last attempt at owning a studio, he decided to relocate in Hollywood, California with the help of his brother, Roy. He would go through several financial up’s and downs. Finally with the creation of a cartoon mouse named ” Mickey.” Mickey Mouse brought great success to the studio.
With the popularity in short cartoons, Disney then took the challenge of creating the first fully animated feature film. Disney took his ambitions even further and created a theme park that would be for children, the inspiration came from a local theme park him and his sister would visit when they were young. Along with having a theme park, Walt also envisioned a futuristic utopia were people would live. It was called EPCOT. Sadly this was one dream that didn’t come true.
When he went to for a polo injury, doctors had found a large tumor. Five days later, Disney went back to the hospital for surgery, but the tumor had spread, doctors had to remove his entire left lung. He was told he had 6 months to a year to live. Disney had died on December 15, 1966. Roy Disney continued to carry out park projects, like EPCOT, changing the name to EPCOT center. Roy insisted that the name be changed to Walt Disney World in honor of his brother.
The entire park had been molded into a vacation resort over the years. Thanks to Walt Disney and the empire he created, it opened doors to what could be possible in story telling. Though he is long gone his movies he helped create have left a lasting impression. For this, his success is well worth commemorating.