Walt Disney Essay

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Walter Elias Disney      At a time in American history when jobs were scarce and money was hard to come by, one mouse and his group of animated friends, with their comical antics brought smiles to the faces of children and adults alike. The mouse’s name was Mickey, and with his creation came the birth of a multibillion dollar corporate empire, all because of one man’s dream.      Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901, and was brought up on a small farm in a town called Marceline, Missouri, but later moved to Kansas City. It was in Kansas City that Walt first began experimenting with his artistic capabilities on Saturday mornings when he would go to a local museum…show more content…
Peet described Walt as a man of many faces. He could be on the highest of spirits one day and in the lowest of spirits the very next, and you never could tell just which Walt you might run into on any given day. (Peet, Bill)      The success of Snow White, in combination with Walt receiving an honorary academy award in 1939, led to the production of other full-length movies such as, Pinnochio, Fantasia, and the classic tale of Bambi. Disney’s studios also took in earnings from smaller, less-notable wildlife films in the late 30’s and early 40’s. In 1950 however Disney’s studios began experimenting with a new medium: live-action video, which they used to produce the movie, Treasure Island, in 1950, the success of which led to the even more successful, and possibly the most beloved live-action Disney film of all time, Mary Poppins (Gale Group).      In creating Mary Poppins, Disney’s studios used state of the art special effects technology, including bluescreen, still a popular method of adjusting and changing backgrounds today. The film was for the most part a musical, and heavily sentimental, which is probably why it was as successful as it was. Disney was a master at plucking the heartstrings of his audience, young and old. (Hahn, Don)      In 1954

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