Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He later produced feature length cartoon films, movies
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
completed after Disney’s death. Disney died on Dec. 15, 1966, in Los Angeles. The Walt