Walt Disney Essays

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Disney Productions is one of the leading entertainment businesses, bringing tremendous profits not to mention the joy it brings many people. It has not always been this easy for Disney however. It took the mind of one man to bring it to what it is today, and that’s mans name is Walt Disney. Walt Disney’s life was devoted to the arts and entertainment almost from birth. However, Walt’s fortunes and fame didn’t take form until his creation of Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 and was the fourth child of Elias and Flora Disney. He was an extremely talented child, exhibiting tremendous creativity at such a young age. Walt began drawing pictures in the 1st grade and continued until the day he died. Another of his…show more content…
in Hollywood. If their business were successful, it would be the first studio in the city strictly for producing animation. Walt and Roy got their studio up and moving within a few weeks and hired several animators. They first produced a mini-series called Alice that played in the previews of movie theatres, but they knew it wouldn’t compare to Felix the Cat. Walt felt something was missing at their studio and realized a need for a master animator. Walt quickly called upon his old friend, Ubbe Iwerks. Ubbe was convinced and headed straight to Hollywood. With Walt creating stories, Ubbe producing spectacular animation and Roy taking care of finances they had a perfect formula. Walt often worked late at night. "Mice gathered in my wastebasket when I worked late at night. I lifted them out and kept them in little cages on my desk. One of them was my particular friend." (Disney qtd. in Fanning, 53) Walt first drew the mouse up late at night and named it "Mortimer," but Roy was not fond of this name. However Walt was too stubborn to change it. Roy talked to Walt’s wife, Lillian, and she eventually got him to change it after days of pleading. In fact, it was Lillian who ultimately named the mouse "Mickey." They first put Mickey in the short animation called, Plane Crazy, named after Lindbergh’s flight across the world. Immediately after that short feature Walt got the idea to combine sound with the animation. This was

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