Walt Disney Biography Essay

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Throughout history, there have been many notable American figures that had enormous impacts on almost everyone's daily lives. Although, one figure stands out among many, and that man worked his hardest to make his dreams come true, Walt Disney. Disney made a reputation of brilliance and "[t]he combination of Disney's desire to try new techniques and his striving to make a better product set him apart from most other animators" (Nardo 25). How could anyone forget classics like Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fox and the Hound, the Little Mermaid, and many more all created by Disney? "He created a cast of memorable animated and live-action characters that have been forever associated with the Disney name" (Nardo 10).…show more content…
When Disney was 16, his brother Roy decided to fight in World War I. He was too young to also join, but he still wanted to be close to his brother. "So when he heard that ambulance drivers for the Red Cross needed to be only seventeen, he changed his birth date on his birth certificate and managed to enlist" (Nardo 18). He spent most of his time in France, where he would draw all over his ambulance and draw fake medals on his friends' jackets. In 1919, with the war over, he returned back to the United States, as he now knew what his true passion in life was, art. Disney searched for a job with the love of art on his mind. He landed a job as an apprentice illustrator for an agency and while there he met Ub Iwerks. Disney quickly mastered simple techniques and was soon bored with the basics. "With the goal of making his own cartoon shorts and attempting to get local theaters to show them, he borrowed a camera, and he and Iwerks began doing their own animation at night" (Nardo 20). Disney and Iwerks put in long hours on their cartoons and precision. "Most young aspiring animators usually tried to play it safe with uncomplicated, familiar material, but ambitious Disney wanted to attempt something more challenging" (Nardo 20). On his own, Disney set up and opened his own studio. His business began to grow and along with it so did

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