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The Life Of Walt Disney & The Grimm Brothers

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Walt Disney and Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Walt Disney and the Grimm Brothers used their talents, and, with help, became some of the most famous children’s literature writers and business owners of all time. Many children have read Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales and watched Walt Disney’s films and cartoons. The creators have used their tales, films, and cartoons not only during their lives, but even now.
Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 to a German-Irish-Canadian-American family who lived in Chicago, Illinois. He had three brothers and one sister. His mother was a German-American woman named Flora Call Disney. His father was an Irish-Canadian man named Elias Disney (Encarta Encyclopedia 2).
After a few years, Elias Disney moved his family to a farm near Marceline, Missouri. This was when Walt started taking an interest in drawing and developed a love for animals. He sold his first sketches to some of his neighbors when he was seven years old (Encarta Encyclopedia 2).
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm in Hanau, Germany. Jacob was born on January 4, 1785 and Wilhelm on February 24, 1786. Their parents were Philipp Wilhelm Grimm and Dorothea Grimm. Philipp and Dorothea had nine children together. In 1971, the Grimm family moved to Steinau. Five years later, in 1976, Philipp Wilhelm Grimm died at the age of 44. At this time, Jacob was eleven years old and Wilhelm was about to be ten (Grimm Brothers’ Home Page 1).
In 1910, the Disney family moved to Kansas City. Walt helped his father’s newspaper distribution business by delivering newspapers. “Walt attended Benton School, and occasionally surprised his teachers with his talent for drawing and acting. (Disney A to Z, 143)” The family moved back to Chicago where Disney would attend McKinley High School for one year. During this time, he worked on the school newspaper doing drawing and photography. He also attended the Academy of Fine Arts at night (Disney A to Z 143).
The Grimm Brothers’ first school was called Lyceum Fridericianum in Cassel, Germany. The school had seven different classes and was used to prepare people for college. “The four upper served to prepare for the university while pupils of the three lower ones did not aim at further academic studies. Unfortunately, Preceptor Zinckhan’s lessons had not been enough for Jacob and Wilhelm. Jacob was admitted to the lowest form only while...

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... company when Frank Wells died. (Encarta Encyclopedia 4)
The Grimm Brothers’ folktales are still read by little children today. And without some help from Walt Disney, some tales may have never been heard of. Some of their most famous tales are Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and many other tales.
Walt Disney’s has had and still is having a large effect on television and writing today. He has made very memorable films. Many people will remember this 20th century folk hero and legend for many years to come.
Both the Grimm Brothers’ and Walt Disney were very talented. They both have given people many different stories and have taught many lessons in their stories. They will always be remembered in history.

Works Cited
Ashliman, D.L. Grimm Brothers’ Home Page. 28 Jan. 2001 http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm.html Grant, John Walt Disney’s Animated Characters Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Michaelis-Jena, Ruth The Brothers Grimm New York Washington: Praegar
Publishers, 1970
Smith, Dave Disney A to Z New York: Hyperion 1998
“Walt Disney Company, The” Microsoft Encarta 2000 Encyclopedia. CD-ROM.
2000 ed. Redmond: Microsoft, 2000

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that walt disney and the grimm brothers used their talents to become famous children's literature writers and business owners.
  • Explains that walter elias disney was born on december 5, 1901 to a german-irish-canadian-american family who lived in chicago, illinois. he had three brothers and one sister.
  • Narrates how elias disney moved his family to a farm near marceline, missouri, where he began drawing animals and sold his first sketches to some of his neighbors.
  • Narrates the births of jacob and wilhelm grimm in hanau, germany.
  • Describes how walt disney helped his father's newspaper distribution business by delivering newspapers. walt attended benton school, and occasionally surprised his teachers with his talent for drawing and acting.
  • Explains that the grimm brothers' first school was called lyceum fridericianum in cassel, germany, which had seven different classes and was used to prepare people for college.
  • Narrates how walt disney attempted to enlist for military service, but was rejected because he was only sixteen years old. he joined the red cross and was sent overseas.
  • Narrates how disney came back to america after the war and started his own company, laugh-o-gram films. the company went bankrupt.
  • Explains that disney moved to hollywood, california in 1923 to join his brother roy disney to establish the disney brothers studio. they borrowed $500 and set up shop in their uncle's garage.
  • Explains how jacob and wilhelm grimm began collecting folktales because of the folkpoetry collections of clemens brentano and achim von arnim.
  • Explains that disney married lillian bounds, one of his first employees, on july 13, 1925 in lewiston, idaho. they had two daughters: diane, married to ron miller, former usc football star, and sharon, wife of william s. lund.
  • Narrates how wilhelm married henriette dorothea wild on may 15, 1825. together they had three children: karl, jacob, and agnes.
  • Explains that the grimm brothers first collection of tales was not published until after their deaths. one of their most famous collections was probably kinder-und hausmärchen.
  • Explains that mickey's talents were first used in a silent cartoon called "plane crazy" before sound burst upon the motion picture screen. he made his screen debut in "steamboat willie"
  • Explains that walt disney's business grew and technicolor was introduced during the making of "silly symphonies." he won his first of his forty-eight academy awards in 1932 for his production called "flowers and trees."
  • Explains that walt disney used some of the folktales that the grimm brothers collected for his films, including "snow white and the seven dwarfs."
  • Explains that wilhelm carl grimm died on december 16, 1859, at the age of 73, and his brother jacob died september 20, 1863. their first folktale collection, des knaben wunderhorn, was finally published.
  • Explains that walt elias disney died on december 15, 1966. his brother roy took a public leadership position in the company.
  • Explains that without the disney brothers' creative and marketing guidance, the company faltered. frank wells served as president of the walt disney company from 1984 to 1994.
  • Explains that the grimm brothers' folktales are still read by little children today. without walt disney, some tales may have never been heard of.
  • Opines that walt disney's has had and still is having a large effect on television and writing today.
  • Opines that both the grimm brothers' and walt disney's stories were very talented and will always be remembered in history.
  • Cites ashliman, d.l., grimm brothers' home page, fitzhenry & whiteside, grant, john walt disney’s animated characters, new york, praegarpublishers, 1970.
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