Who Is Walt Disney In The 1930's

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Founded in 1923 by Walter Elias Disney, Walt Disney is the pioneer of the animation industry (“The Walt Disney Company”, 2014). The first two cartoons that Disney created were silent films and could not be sold; he then created the third Mickey Mouse cartoon with sound – Steamboat Willie in November of 1928 ("Disney History," n.d.). Disney went on to win the Academy Award ® for Best Cartoon in 1932, which was the first year that this award was offered, for his cartoon Flowers and Trees ("Disney History," n.d.). Shortly after his cartoons were gaining popularity, Disney went into the merchandising industry, when Walt Disney accepted an offer of $300 by a man to put Mickey Mouse on some pencil tablets ("Disney History," n.d.). That was just the beginning for Disney merchandising, which soon included everything from “Mickey Mouse dolls, dishes,…show more content…
Disney continued to grow, throughout the years with multiple films being created throughout the 1940’s through the 1950’s ("Disney History," n.d.). However, with all the successes that Walt saw he felt the need to branch out and in 1955 Disneyland opened ("Disney History," n.d.). The amusement or theme park, was such a success that Disney opened a second park on October 1, 1971 that we all know as Walt Disney World ("Disney History," n.d.). Disney continued to grow, evolve, and spread to other countries ("Disney History," n.d.). Purchasing Discover magazine in 1991, opening Disneyland Paris in 1992, and in 1994 held the stage production of Beauty and the Beast ("Disney History," n.d.). In short, “Disney is one of the most famous names in the animation industry” ("The Walt Disney Company," 2014, para. 3); from cartoons, movies, theme parks, Broadway productions, merchandise, and books Disney is where it has been since it’s beginning almost 100 years
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