Behind the Magic of Walt Disney Walter Elias Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walter Disney, also known as Walt, was an American motion-picture artist, a television producer, and a showman of his time. He was an entrepreneur. Walt attended Chicago Art Institute and Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. He was known as the triumph of the American imagination. Walt Disney was a very influential person because he was the inventor of Mickey Mouse, he added color and sound to animation, and he created a major theme park for all ages.
JustDisney.com NP) Walt Disney left a legacy of unmatched vision and creativity through his animated films, studios and theme parks before he pasted away on December 17,1966. (Drazon NP) His brilliant vision has lived on with each generation since his death. Accomplishments Walt Disney had many accomplishments in his lifetime. In 1932 he won an Academy Award for "Flowers and Trees" in the best cartoon category. It was the first of 48 Academy Awards, which Disney would win in his celebrated life.
Up until that point, Walt Disney Productions had been mostly creating animated short subjects in the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies series. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was to be the first full-length cel animated feature in motion picture history. The revolutionary film meant that Mr. Disney had many obstacles to overcome. Both his brother and business partner Roy Disney and his wife Lillian attempted to talk him out of it. The Hollywood movie industry even referred to the film as "Disney's Folly" while it was in production.
Right away, they made three cartoons featuring a character that Walter had been developing, Mickey Mouse. Two of the films were silent films which failed distribution. However, when sound made its way into filmmaking, Disney created a third, sound-and-music equipped short called Steamboat Willie in 1928; with Walt as the voice of his newly developed character. The cartoon skyrocketed in
This “…introduced the filmmaker to the benefits of product licensing through the merchandising of "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” (Langer). With its popularity, one of Disney’s animators began working in seclusion and created Disney’s new character, Mickey Mouse. “Looking for some way to differentiate his new Mickey Mouse cartoons from the silent Oswald series, Disney made an agreement with former Universal executive Pat Powers to animate cartoons using the Power’s Cinephone sound process. The result was Steamboat Willie” (American National Biography Online) Steamboat Willie then became a huge hit in the United States, and Disney Brother Studio began to take off. Throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s Disney faced many ups and downs.
This was their biggest hit since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs some 15 years ago. Because of Cinderella Disney Productions stayed in business and could go on to produce many more heartwarming movies. 1937 – SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES Mr. Disney has made a few animated short films that have been very successful, but his first attempt at a full-length animated feature film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The film was based on the fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm. The movie was released on December 21, 1937 and earned $8 million during its initial release, making it the most successful movie of its time.
Heidi Wagner Mrs. Cox American Studies 3-4 16 February 2015 The Father of Animation “Walt Disney established a business empire based upon fantasy and what he considered to be good, old-fashioned fun”(The State Historical 1). When Disney was young, his family moved around a lot. Though, most of his childhood was spent in Marceline, Missouri, where he first started to draw. He then moved to Kansas City, where he fell in love with trains. Later, he moved back to Chicago, where he was born, and started taking art classes.
Goof then was introduced in a new movie and he is featured as a single dad raising his son. The creators of disney always tried to connect Goofy with the present day. Donald Duck is the only character with a middle name and has starred in seven feature films. In 1943 Donald won an Oscar for his short film “Der Feuhrer’s Face”. Walter Disney is the most visionary man this world has ever
After the cartoon became a big hit Walt opened his own studio, the theater was called laugh-o-gram. They started to do seven minute fairy tales that combined live action and animation; they were called Alice in Cartoonland. In 1923 the studio was great in debt and was forced to declare bankruptcy. Walt with the help of his brother Roy soon got enough money and was able to move to Hollywood and created a new studio called the Disney Brothers studio. They then invented a new character called Oswald the lucky rabbit, and the short films started at $1,500.
With all the fandom coming along with Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney formed the Mickey Mouse Club which promoted Disney films and products and taught members strong moral lessons. The Mickey Mouse Club reached its highest membership in 1932 which made them larger than the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America combined (anb.org)! This was only one of Walt Disney’s many accomplishments. On December 21, 1937, Disney released his first full length animated musical, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This movie made over one million dollars (Walt Disney Biography).