Walt Disney Biography Essay

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Walt Disney is a legend, a folk hero of the 20th century. His worldwide popularity was based on imagination, optimism, creation, and self-made success in America. Walt Disney did more to touch the hearts, minds, and emotions of millions of kids and adults than any other person. He brought us closer to the future, while telling us of the past. It is certain, that there will never be such as great a man, as Walt Disney. Walter Elias Disney was born December 5, 1901 in Chicago Illinois. Walt was one of five children, four boys and a girl. After Walt's birth, the Disney family moved to Marceline, Missouri. Walt lived out most of his childhood here. Walt had a very early interest in drawing, and art. When he was seven years old, he sold small…show more content…
Even after the Disney family moved to Kansas City, Walt continued to develop and flourish in his talent for artistic drawing. Besides drawing, Walt had picked up an interest in acting and performing. At school he began to entertain his friends by imitating his silent screen hero, Charlie Chaplin. At his teachers’ invitation, Walt would tell his classmates stories, while illustrating on the chalk board. Later on, against his fathers’ permission, Walt would sneak out of the house at night to perform comical skits at local theaters. During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist for military service. He was Rejected because he was under age, only sixteen years old at the time. Instead, Walt joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France, where he spent a year driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials. His ambulance was covered, not with stock camouflage, but with Disney cartoons. Once he returned from France, he wanted to pursue a career in commercial art, which soon lead to his experiments in animation. He began producing little animated films for local businesses, in Kansas City. By the time Walt had started to create The Alice Comedies, (which was about a real girl and her adventures in an animated world) Walt ran out of money, and his company Laugh-O-Grams went bankrupted. Instead of giving up, Walt packed his suitcase and with his unfinished print of The Alice Comedies in hand, headed for

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