Walt Disney: American Dream Achiever Essay

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Walt Disney—American Dream Achiever
Dream come true, profound influence, persistent efforts, and the success after the setback; those elements compose the definition of the American Dream. Walt Disney undoubtedly was a successful American Dream achiever. He and his brother co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. He created Mickey Mouse who turned into one of the most famous cartoon characters in animation history(“Walt Elias Disney”). Walt Disney had not stopped yet, besides an innovative animator, he was also a dream creator. He founded theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World, bestowed lives to those lovely Disney characters, also a paradise to kids for
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He invented Laugh-O-Gram with his friend Ubbe Iwerks, who became a significant person in Walt’s life(Gabler). The cartoons were very popular and combined both live action and animation. This was an inconceivable idea at that time(Disney). However, the studio was burdened with debt, and enforced Disney to declare bankrupt. Walt, at age 21, moved to California with $40 in his pocket(Miller).
Walt arrived in California in 1923, and soon launched Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy and Iwerks. They made their first deal with New York distributor, Margaret Winkler to distribute their cartoons. That became an ambush in the future. Winkler and her husband stole the rights of those cartoon characters that Walt sold to them, and also all of Disney’s animators except his brother and Iwerks(“Walt Elias Disney”). Despite several business setbacks, Disney found his lifetime love, Lillian Bounds, and married her eventually(Miller). But during Walt’s persistent efforts, he created a new cartoon character called Mickey Mouse, which became a huge turning point in his life. After his first two Mickey Mouse silent movies, in the third one, Steamboat Willie, Walt synchronized his voice as Mickey’s, and acquired a sensational success(Gabler).
After a successful series of short films, Walt decided to make his first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(Miller). Walt and his crew spent four years to study live models and animals just for
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