Donald, it’s me, Mickey. You’re on in 30 seconds, hurry…………………….Isn’t this a familiar statement? I can bet most of you will say “Mickey Mouse” and “Donald Duck” for sure. The characters of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have lived for years in our minds and hearts as a beautiful childhood memories cherished for a lifetime. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were the brain child of Walt Disney who was an animator, film producer, entrepreneur, cartoonist and a voice actor too. He was the co-founder of The Walt Disney Company.
Walter Disney alias*alias*
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…by BeeDictionary.com Walt Disney was born to Elias Charles Disney and Flora Call Disney on 5th December 1901 in Chicago. His family moved to places like Marceline, Kansas city before settling in Chicago. Young Walt had a lot of love for art and so pursued courses in Kansas City Institute and further in Chicago Art Institute. Considering his skillset he was rendered the responsibility of being a cartoonist for the school’s magazine. He then tried joining the armed forces during the period of World War I by dropping out of school. He was rejected for being underage but later he served the Red Cross and was sent to France to drive an ambulance in the year 1918.
It was in the year 1919 when he returned to Kansas City, where he did several jobs. He got his first break to work with Kansas City Film Ad Company in the field of animation. He used his exceptional skills as a cartoonist in this job. His success story achieved a new milestone when he set up Laugh-O- Gram; his own studio. But unfortunately, this company went bankrupt and so he moved to Hollywood. His optimism compelled him to set up another company with his brother Roy and created a film Alice Comedies.
The year 1927 brought in a lot of hope and the Disney studio created ‘Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’ but failed to make profit from this success. By now he was well known in the Hollywood. Despite his successful association with Universal Studios he rejected their next offer and started on his own. All these experiences inspired him to create the character of Mickey Mouse. He instilled life into the character of Mickey Mouse by rendering his voice to it. Mickey Mouse cartoons garnered great popularity and strengthened the reputation of Disney Productions. Most of his cartoons- Mickey, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto lived their life on the celluloid as they had characteristics that one could relate to real life experiences and stories.
His first Academy Award was in 1932 and then attracted a galore of awards for his brilliant dedication in reviving the characters on the celluloid. One of his most successful work was “The Three Little Pigs” that gave the world a memorable song “Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”
He then put his heart and soul in creating his full length animation feature film of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He worked on his ambitious project for a span of 3 years without a single break. He used the newest possible technology for creating his characters that involved high production costs. The film received a successful reception at the box office. The studio then line up myriads of successful films and animations like ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Bambi’. This period was referred to as the “golden age of animation” that lost its glory during the World War II.
During this phase, the company witnessed a major setback due to the dearth*dearth*
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…by BeeDictionary.com of writers and animators. It was quite heart-wrecking thing to see Disney being away from Motion Pictures. It was in the 1950’s that Disney resumed his work and completed his production assignments like the Cinderella, Peter Pan Treasure Island, Pollyanna and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. The expansion of the Disney Empire continued with a children’s show ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ and ‘Mary Poppins’.The thought of creating a theme park had crossed his mind during the 1940’s. He wanted it to be one of its kind in the world. His conceptualization took a concrete shape on 17th July 1955. The success of the Disneyland in 1955 inspired him to think about another theme park in 1966 in Orlando.
It was on 6 th December 1966 that Walt Disney died of a lung cancer. His brother tried to revive the glory of Disney Company but the company missed the genius direction of Walt Disney. Walt Disney was married to Lillian and had 2 kids. Today, Walt Disney is one of the leading names in the entertainment industry. A Walt Disney family Museum was opened in 2009 at San Francisco to honor his contribution.
Walt Disney’s optimism reflected in his creations that gave the world a stress free environment and entertainment too. The legacy of Walt Disney continues to inspire generations.