An Age Of Creativity And Innovation

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The 1920’s and 30’s were an age of creativity and innovation. New improvements were especially common in the art of film-making. Animation in film was introduced. Walt Disney, through his innovations in color, realistic designs, and use of sound, revolutionized the motion picture animation industry. Walter Disney was born December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois, to Elias and Flora Disney. He had four older brothers, Herbert, Raymond and Roy, and a younger sister, Ruth. The Disney family moved to a farm near the small town of Marceline, Missouri, when Walt was four years old. Walt started drawing as a very young boy, often getting him into some kind of trouble. His family was on the move again, and made their new home in Kansas City in…show more content…
The war ended before he could get to France, but Walt was still sent overseas to aid in the occupation. While in France, Walt continued drawing on any surface he could. He returned to Chicago October 11, 1919. (Gabbler 9-11, 29-39; Barrier 9, 17-23) Walt’s father, Elias had lived a hardworking life, entailing much physical labor. Walt wanted no part of it. Soon, Walt returned to Chicago, and moved in with his brothers in Kansas City. He applied for a job at the Star, the local newspaper that he had delivered for as a boy, but was rejected. Walt then tried for an apprenticeship with Pesmen-Rubin Commercial Art Studio and was hired. The job lasted for only a month. After getting laid off, Walt went into business with Ub Iwerks, who had also worked for Pesmen-Rubin. Their small firm made around $135 the first month, working out of a garage full of drawing boards and airbrushes. Later, Walt accepted a job for Kansas City Film Ad while Iwerks stayed with Iwerks-Disney. However, Iwerks-Disney quickly fizzled, as Iwerks was unable to run the business by himself. “…the equivalent of today’s television commercials. Disney dated the start of his career in motion pictures to February 1920, the month he became a Film Ad employee.” (Barrier 25) Film Ad’s animation style used cut-out figures that had manipulative joints and series of pictures would be taken, the cut-out moving a little bit each time. This method was obviously different
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